Jason Hidalgo Reno Gazette Journal
Published 1:45 PM EDT Sep 25, 2018
Reno-Sparks is welcoming another Bay Area transplant to the region.
Medical device firm New Deantronics announced on Tuesday that it is moving its U.S. operations from Walnut Creek, Calif., to Northern Nevada. The company, which was founded in San Francisco in 1985, manufactures medical devices used in operating rooms, most of which employ radio frequency-related technology, said CEO Jane Liu. The devices are used in various procedures for general surgery, cardiology, neurosurgery and orthopedics.
The Reno-Sparks facility, named New Deantronics Nevada USA, joins the company’s two engineering operations in Taiwan, where its manufacturing headquarters is located.
“We’ve been looking (to move) for the last six years and we looked at several places including Texas and Salt Lake City,” Liu said. “We see a lot of potential here, especially with the university … and all the training programs offered so we think it’s a good choice for us to relocate.”
The company will break ground on a 200,000-square-foot facility at Spanish Springs Business Center, which should finish construction in early 2020, Liu said. New Deantronics plans to invest more than $40 million on constructing its new building, which will include a research and development center as well as operations for manufacturing, distribution, return for repair and capital equipment exchanges. The Reno-Sparks facility also will have an incubation center for local startups, a move that was welcomed by Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.
“The company’s reputation as a world leader and innovator in surgical and medical device technology is a great fit for our region with the recent growth of advanced manufacturing and tech-related businesses,” Kazmierski said.
New Deantronics will need a diverse pool of employees to fill more than 200 positions at the facility in the next couple of years. These include mechanical and quality-control engineers, accountants and technicians who specialize in automation, Liu said. The New Deantronics CEO was not able to provide salary information, which the company is still researching, Liu said. Many of the fields typically involve high-paying jobs, which the region needs as Reno-Sparks struggles with rising housing costs and affordability.
“We do require a lot of professionals for our facility,” Liu said. “We need quite a bit of people.”
The company also plans to partner with the University of Nevada, Reno on different programs. Liu pointed out that one of the engineering students who visited the company’s facilities in Taiwan last year came from UNR. Outreach between its U.S. and Taiwanese operations is a big part of New Deantronics ‘ “Go Global” vision for the company.
The company is exactly the kind of firm that the state needs as it eyes to continue its transition into a more diversified economy, said Gov. Brian Sandoval. It’s important for Nevada to have the kind of new economy jobs that New Deantronics brings to the fray, especially for the state’s students and younger members of its workforce.
“This really hits the sweet spot,” Sandoval said. “We’ve had our big wins with Apple and with Tesla and with Switch and Hyperloop down south, but it’s really important to get these type of companies with advanced manufacturing.”
“We have come very long way (and) credit goes to all these small businesses and large businesses that grind it out every day to do the very best for their employees,” Sandoval said.
— This is a developing story and will be updated
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