HUDSON — Granite Forge LLC, a new manufacturer supplying orthopedic implants to medical device companies in the U.S. and abroad is set to begin production this fall at 32 Executive Drive in Hudson.
The company is looking to hire 25 employees, including experienced CNC machinists, metal finishers, quality inspectors and press operators, according to a press release Tuesday.
Greg Davis, the company’s president and CEO, said the company designed a state-of-the-art 24,000-square-foot plant with the latest machining, finishing and inspection equipment.
“We are also looking to partner with local educators to help train and develop the next generation,” Davis said in the release.
Granite Forge will specialize in making total joint replacements for hips, knees and shoulders, implants for trauma surgery and extremities such as wrists and ankles.
Mel Speidel, chief operating officer and general manager for the Hudson facility, said the company has invested about $6 million in renovations and equipment. It shares the building with Rapid Manufacturing, he said.
Company partners say they see growing global demand for high-quality forged orthopedic implants, and more contract manufacturers are needed to meet that demand.
Speidel said they chose the location because he knows the northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire area has a strong talent pool in medical device manufacturing.
“I’d been doing similar business in the general area for the last 25 years, so I know the people are out there,” Speidel said in an interview.
Michael Bergeron with the state Department of Business and Economic Affairs helped the company secure the location in Hudson. Speidel said Bergeron provided an online database of available commercial real estate and was a go-to guy for questions.
Speidel said he and his partners have been in discussions with Nashua Community College to create a workforce development program that potentially involves internships for machining and quality control students.
“The labor market being what it is, you have to be creative to find positions,” Speidel said. “You have to use all available resources.”
Other leaders in the company include Pat O’Neill, chief commercial officer, and Gary Stavrum, business partner and investor.
Speidel said he and a few other partners came up with the idea for the company and started discussing it late last year.
“I left my previous employer, took some time off and started talking to some people and was able to find some investors who were able to back the thing,” he said.
Over the summer, the company will be working to bring in more equipment, hire workers, get its ISO certification and become an approved supplier to the major medical device manufacturers.