Gaymar buys gel maker, seeks growth

Sunday, August 31, 2008

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.--With its recent acquisition of Sunshine Manufacturing, Gaymar Industries poises itself to boost production of its pressure ulcer and temperature management products and introduce new medical mattress technologies.

The Alpine, Utah-based Sunshine manufactures the specialty gel components that Gaymar uses in its products.

“With control over the manufacturing process, we will have the ability to (enhance) our research and development opportunities, and lower costs,” said Don Woodworth, director of new business and development for Gaymar.

Gaymar acquired the assets of Sunshine in early July. In addition to acquiring Sunshine’s facility, equipment and employees, Gaymar licensed four new patents for gel technologies being developed by its sister company, EdiZONE.

Before the acquisition, Sunshine had trouble meeting the demand for its specialty gel components, particularly from Gaymar, its biggest customer. Gaymar has already purchased equipment to increase Sunshine’s manufacturing capabilities. Gaymar expects to double or triple its output for its Isoflex mattress, for example.

Gaymar also expects the acquisition to pave the way for new medical mattress offerings.

“With the ability to manufacture for ourselves with higher technology gels, the opportunity for additional products to the market increases,” Woodworth said.