Right Place assists medical device packaging company

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Packaging Compliance Labs will bring 27 new jobs to the area. Courtesy PCL

Packaging Compliance Labs is expanding its current operations in Kentwood.

The company is expanding with assistance from The Right Place Inc. and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. In addition to a capital investment of $2.57 million, the company will bring 27 new jobs to the area.

PCL, 4334 Brockton Drive SE, was founded in 2014 as a solution to a stagnated health care packaging industry. The company specializes in helping global medical device manufacturers launch new devices to market faster while maintaining regulatory compliance around the globe.

“Packaging Compliance Labs is in the midst of an exciting period of growth,” said Matthew Lapham, president of PCL. “We’re thankful that The Right Place and their partners at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation have provided continuous support to our business as we’ve prepared for this upcoming expansion.”

PCL will take on the additional 27 jobs along with its sister company, SmartStart Medical LLC, which specializes in device cleaning, packaging, sterilization and pilot production for new medical technologies.

The MEDC is supporting the expansion with a $135,000 Jobs Ready Michigan grant, a program designed by the Michigan Strategic Fund to address the cost associated with recruiting and training individuals for occupations that are high-wage, high-skill or high-demand.

“West Michigan’s medical device manufacturing industry has grown steadily over the last five years at a rate of about 10%,” said Eric Icard, senior business development manager for The Right Place and project lead. “These are high-paying, high-quality jobs that are contributing to our regional economy.”

Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley also shared his optimism about what PCL’s expansion will mean for his community.

“Having an innovative firm like Packaging Compliance Labs bring more jobs and investment to Kentwood is excellent for our residents and for the community at-large,” Kepley said. “We are glad to be home to Packaging Compliance Labs and commend the company’s efforts to provide critical solutions to the health care industry when they are needed most.”

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