The day before Med-in-Ireland kicked off at Croke Park in Dublin on Tuesday, Steripack invited a group of customers and members of the media on a tour of its scintillating facility in the pastoral setting of Clara in Co. Offaly. Over a bountiful lunch, group sales director Barry Moore recounted the Steripack narrative. And quite a story it is.
The supplier of cleanroom-manufactured flexible medical packaging and contract assembly services recorded US$50 million in revenue during the last fiscal year and it is projecting 25%+ growth for the current one. Ambitious? “Well, we have already surpassed our first quarter goal,” Moore told me with a smile of satisfaction. What’s more, the company is amping up to tackle the US market big time.
Steripack has made its first hire on the North American continent: Tony Paolino, Vice President, Contract Services, who has many years of experience in the industry. And, as I write this, Barry’s brother, Garry, CEO of Steripack, is scouting the new world looking for the ideal spot to put a Steripack outpost. “Nothing is set in stone,” cautions Moore. “We may end up going to Costa Rica,” he jokes. I wouldn’t bet on it, though. The odds are that a Steripack plant will sit somewhere in the midwestern United States within the next 12 to 24 months.
In addition to its facility in Ireland, the company currently operates plants in Poland and Malaysia.Norbert Sparrow