A company that specializes in assembly and inspection for manufacturers is launching a medical division that will make personal protective equipment (PPE).
Battle Creek-based STEWART Industries said last week that it is launching STEWART Medical, a division that will design and manufacture medical supplies for customers throughout the U.S., with a focus on eliminating price gouging and helping companies return to work affordably.
The new division is ISO 13485:2016 certified, which is the standard required of a quality management system (QMS) for designing and manufacturing medical supplies. STEWART Medical will make and distribute medical equipment, such as disposable heat and moisture exchangers, three-ply surgical masks, naturally based sanitizers and more. The division already is distributing three-ply masks, gloves, gowns and an assortment of other medical equipment with room to grow.
“We’ve had the capabilities, facilities and supply chain to further expand into medical for a while. With the onslaught of COVID-19, we realized how important it was for us to diversity to help fulfill the overwhelming need for medical equipment,” said Erick Stewart, president and co-owner of STEWART Industries.
“As more Americans head back to work, it’s important for employers to ensure their employees can safely return and have access to the necessary supplies. We want to help employers do this by providing products at the best price while also meeting FDA standards. We’ve seen many suppliers of PPE charge obscene prices, but that should never be the case. It shouldn’t cost millions to protect your employees.”
Stewart said his company’s new medical division is “uniquely positioned” within its own Foreign Trade Zone, which offers tariff reduction and duty elimination for imports to create and supply more affordable PPE.
He said his team has over 20 years of manufacturing experience and is known for its strict quality standards, making the move into medical devices “a natural expansion.”
Recently, STEWART Industries collaborated with Excelerant Consulting and Wytcote Technologies to manufacture and provide N95 masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). The partnership was focused on eliminating the price gouging that has plagued health care organizations as they face supply shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak.
STEWART Medical is currently taking orders for PPE and other medical device needs at stewartindustriesusa.com/medical.
Founded in 2000, STEWART Industries helps manufacturing companies improve product quality, line balance issues and offline processes while supporting “the overall effectiveness of their current customer base.”
The company has customers in Michigan and the central, northern and southern regions of the U.S., and holds ISO 9001:2015, AS9100, ISO 13485, HubZone and SDB Government certifications.