Tyber Medical Inc., an orthopedic device manufacturer based in Hanover Township, Northampton County, plans to invest $8.5 million in a project that is expected to add employees and advanced manufacturing equipment.
The company has been growing rapidly and plans to expand operations into a vacant 37,000-square-foot-facility next to its current 15,000 square-foot-facility, said Jeff Tyber, president, CEO and founder of Tyber Medical
The first part of the expansion should finish in mid-June, with the remainder completed by October, Tyber said.
The total project investment is $8.5 million, which includes installing automated manufacturing equipment, the majority of which relies on computer-navigated controls, he said.
The equipment will allow the company to begin manufacturing its products in the Lehigh Valley by the second half of the year, Tyber said.
Founded in 2012, the company currently outsources its manufacturing to places outside the state. Tyber said his goal is for his company to perform 60 percent of its manufacturing in-house in Hanover Township. The company relocated from New Jersey to Hanover Township in 2015.
Tyber said his company makes products containing advanced technology, which has contributed to its rapid growth. He declined to disclose revenue.
The company has released 14 spine and 25 trauma and extremity devices. The devices range from Spinal Interbodys to orthopedic bone screws used to fuse people’s backs or repair broken bones, Tyber said.
The products are distributed under the company’s customer’s brand and its customers are made up from the top Fortune 500 medical device companies, Tyber said.
It employs 73 people, with about 25 coming on board in the last two months. It is continuing to hire, Tyber said.
State funding from the Department of Community & Economic Development will support the purchase of new equipment and job training for new and existing employees.
The DCED awarded Tyber Medical a $100,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $132,000 in tax credits for job creation, and $37,400 in funding to help with workforce training.
The company also applied for a $400,000 loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, which Tyber said is still pending approval.
Last month, the Northampton County Industrial Development Authority awarded Tyber Medical a $100,000 job creation grant for this expansion.
Milan Architecture of Forks Township is the architect involved in the expansion and renovation project.
Tyber Medical, meanwhile, has been collaborating with Lehigh University in Bethlehem to start a paid internship program and enacted programs with local technical colleges, including Lehigh County Technical Institute and Lehigh Carbon Community College, in an effort to hire students from those schools’ manufacturing programs.