'It's like a shiny new car'

Thursday, October 22, 2009

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – Philips Respironics opened its new $32 million  state-of-the art manufacturing facility in October, and the company now has room to grow for years to come, said Maryellen Bizzack, director of marketing and communications.

“We have the ability to double what we were doing in the old plant,” said Bizzack, explaining the facility’s built-in efficiencies. “There is more space, giving us the ability to deliver parts to the line (faster). There are better stocking and material logistics, a lot of benefits that when you are in a more confined space are more difficult to take advantage of.”

Respironics will use the new 172,000-square-foot facility to manufacture sleep therapy devices. The company’s facility in nearby Murrysville, which previously manufactured these products, will now focus on ventilation and neo-natal products.

Respironics’ Murrysville facility has operated in the same footprint since 1990. The company, as it grew, did all it could to reconfigure that facility to accommodate growth, but it had run out of options. The new facility, Bizzack said, “is like a shiny new car.”

“We’re tremendously excited,” she said. “The plant symbolizes some very significant things: our commitment to the community, the market, to our customers and to their ability to treat obstructive sleep apnea.”