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Health care supplier plans 110 jobs

May 21, 2014
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West Michigan attracts health care firm's second location
The AvaSys observation and communications platform is used by nurses to monitor multiple patients. Photo via avasure.com

A health care supplier is planning to create 110 jobs in the area as part of its expansion and strategy to be less dependent on outsourced production.

Plainfield Township will see a capital investment of $1.9 million over the next three years, thanks to the expansion of Belmont-based AvaSure, which develops technology and educational tools for nurses.

AvaSure, a division of AvaSure Holdings, will establish its second Michigan location in the township, at 5801 Safety Drive NE, according to The Right Place, a regional economic development nonprofit, on Wednesday.

AvaSure has promised to bring 110 new jobs to the community over the next three years as part of the commitment.

Patient monitoring

The company is best known for its AvaSys product. It is an advanced patient observation and communications platform that allows a nurse to remotely monitor multiple patients in diverse locations, anticipate their needs, identify risky situations and alert floor staff to avert injuries.

The system has been implemented at hospitals across the country.

In-house manufacturing

The new facility is part of AvaSure’s strategic growth plan, which includes establishing its own manufacturing capabilities.

Company officials said bringing manufacturing operations in-house will enhance quality and increase profitability.

Manufacturing is set to begin at the facility late this year.

“West Michigan hosts the largest concentration of medical device manufacturers in the state of Michigan," said Birgit Klohs, president and CEO, The Right Place. “AvaSure’s decision to expand in West Michigan further strengthens that position and affirms our strategic commitment to continue building a world-class medical device industry in the region.”

Incentives

AvaSure has received $570,000 in state performance-based grants and local tax abatements as part of an incentive package from the state's marketing arm, the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

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