Responding to continued business growth and the need for increased capacity and additional capabilities, Okay Industries Inc has announced a major expansion in the United States and its entry into the Latin America market. The announcements are being made in conjunction with Okay’s 100th anniversary celebration. Okay is the successor company to B. Jahn Manufacturing Company.
The company is developing a 63,000-sq-ft medical engineering and manufacturing facility to consolidate and grow its medical components business in Berlin, CT. The new facility will complement Okay’s 100,000-sq-ft operation in New Britain, CT. According to the company, the new facility will focus on developing industry-changing innovations to speed the development and manufacture of components used in life-saving medical products.
“The medical market’s reliance on innovation and its unique need for repeatable quality make it a great match for the engineers and manufacturing professionals at Okay,” says company president
Jason Howey. “By adding a stand-alone medical facility to our capabilities, we’ll have the focus and resources to develop the applications that help our medical customers redefine how they treat patients.”
Okay is provides stamping and machining of a wide range of metals, including stainless steels, implantable titanium, and nitinol. The company’s Accu-Blade surgical blades and scissors are known for their precise, uniform edge, and reduced cutting forces.
This company has also opened a 14,000-sq-ft facility in Alajuela, Costa Rica. “Working closely with customers so that we understand both their manufacturing needs and their business needs is one of the keys to Okay’s superior output,” says Mario Chaves, a local manufacturing veteran who will serve as general manager of Okay Industries Costa Rica, S.R.L. “Our Costa Rica operation will keep Okay engineering and expertise close to our customers who are growing there.”
According to the company, the challenging economic realities of recent years have not stopped its growth. Despite an overall manufacturing slowdown, Okay has experienced double-digit sales increases over the past several years.
“We listen to our customers and we listen to our employees to help guide our decisions. That keeps us focused on market needs and the best ways to use our skills to meet those needs,” notes Donna Lasher, Okay’s vice president. “As we continue to grow in the US and into Costa Rica, we’re building an infrastructure for flexibility and performance that will lay the foundation for our next hundred years of success.”