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The firm will also add up to 300 jobs in Heredia Province.
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U.S. medical device manufacturer expands operations in Costa Rica

Published Tuesday, April 13, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Viant, a life sciences company based out of Massachusetts, announced a major expansion at its medical device manufacturing plant located in Heredia Province.

"We are committed to continued collaboration with the private sector, to create the necessary conditions to attract greater investment and benefit thousands of families with stable and high-quality jobs,” President Carlos Alvarado said on the new expansion announcement.

According to the company, it was invested in additional capacity to meet market demand for surgical devices, including electromechanical devices. This expansion will benefit all their potential customers who seek speedy access to acquire complex medical devices.

“Viant Costa Rica is experiencing strong growth and not by chance. This country offers ideal conditions for a successful business model and the possibility of establishing a competitive cost structure, supported by a strategic geographic location and, importantly, the tremendous talent found here," Kevin Quirós, Director of Viant Costa Rica said. "We are delighted that our growth will have a positive impact on our current and future customers and partners. And this is just the beginning."

The company’s expansion began in 2020 and included 14,000 square feet of assembly space and plastic molding in ISO Class 8 clean rooms, and retrofitted 15,000 square feet of additional space for warehousing, offices, and support capacity, for a total of 180,000 square feet over four buildings. This expansion includes 15 new molding machines that complement the liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding capacity that was added in 2020.

The firm will also add up to 300 jobs in the Heredia area. They will look toward hiring employees in all fields: warehousing, equipment technicians, operators, manufacturing engineers, quality, operations managers, line leaders, production supervisors, and more. People interested in applying for a job may send their résumé to the following email address, or visit the company Career site.
This is the second U.S.-based company announcing an increase in their operations in the country this month.

Last week, the Wisconsin-based company SMC, a global contract manufacturer for the medical, diagnostics and pharmaceutical markets, announced the expansion of its facility in Costa Rica.

The firm also has branches in California, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Ohio of the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom and India.

“SMC has seen tremendous growth in Costa Rica, both in technological capabilities and our people development,” Bob Stoesser, SMC Vice President said. “This is our third expansion in 10 years and shows our commitment to Costa Rica, its people, and community."

According to SMC Costa Rica, the expansion allows for additional cleanroom molding and contract manufacturing capacity. The development will double its current facility bringing it to 120,000 square feet in the Coyol Free Zone Park in Alajuela Province.
With the additional space, the firm will provide increased contract manufacturing solutions including assembly, injection molding and secondary operations, giving their global customers more options.

In 2010, SMC was one of the first suppliers to set up operations in the Coyol Free Zone Park at a multi-tenant building. Four years later, in 2014, the company relocated to a larger facility doubling its square footage.

This year, the firm is doubling its manufacturing area to 120,000 square feet to support the significant growth they are undergoing.

SMC currently employs over 200 people in Costa Rica and will be hiring additional workers. The company is a manufacturer offering complete design, molding services, and finished devices for the medical, diagnostics, and pharmaceutical industries. People interested in their job openings should visit the company Career site.

In 2020 exports of medical devices totaled $3,941 million, accounting for 8% of growth compared to 2019, according to the statistics of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, CINDE. The agency projections estimate that, by the end of 2022, exports could reach $5 billion.

By the end of 2020, the more than 300 multinational firms with operations in Costa Rica country had created approximately 134,026 jobs, of these 38,248 jobs were created in life-sciences companies, according to the Foreign Trade Ministry.

However, despite the high numbers announced by the ministry, the Employment Survey, from December 2020 to February 2021, shows an unemployment rate of 18.5%, meaning there are 452,000 people without registered jobs in the country.

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