Swedish firm opens $47 million plant at former Brunswick Naval base, delays expansion site decision

The new, 79,000-square-foot Molnlycke Health Care facility at Brunswick Landing in this March 2013 file photo.
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The new, 79,000-square-foot Molnlycke Health Care facility at Brunswick Landing in this March 2013 file photo.
By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 24, 2013, at 1:05 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Swedish medical supply company Molnlycke Health Care officially opened its $47 million facility on Tuesday at Brunswick Landing, the former U.S. Navy base under redevelopment for civilian use after its closing in 2011.

The 79,000-square-foot plant includes a $15 million building plus state-of-the-art machinery. Prior to Tuesday’s ceremony to mark the opening, Molnlycke officials announced that the company has filled nearly 40 of the 50 jobs expected for 2013.

The Brunswick facility manufactures advanced wound dressings for the company’s American market. The products are designed to promote healing and ease patient suffering, factory manager Mark Dignum said in March.

The plant was opened in part to take advantage of its proximity to a former Rynel facility in Wiscasset. That company — now owned by Molnlycke — manufactures the foam used in Molnlycke’s wound care products. The new Brunswick Landing facility will reduce the costs of shipping the foam, according to Dignum.

Molnlycke CEO Pierre Guyot said that increasing production capacity in America is key to the company’s expansion, and Molnlycke’s long-term plans include growth at both facilities.

“As we build our presence in the region, I hope to see the creation of a best-in-class R&D and innovation hub, where we can bring together our global expertise with the skills available locally,” he said in a release.

In 2012, Molnlycke acquired Brennan Medical, a St. Paul, Minn.-based company that manufactures medical products for burn victims. In August, James Detert, Molnlycke’s business development director for the Americas, said that the company tentatively planned to move the Brennan operation to either Wiscasset, near the Rynel facility, or Brunswick.

While the company has asked both towns for tax increment financing agreements, Guyot told the Bangor Daily News by phone Friday that Molnlycke still is not ready to decide the location.

Gov. Paul LePage, who sent Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais to Tuesday’s ceremony, noted that Molnlycke chose Maine over other global sites for its new plant.

“Molnlycke could have made this investment anywhere in the world,” LePage said in a prepared statement. “I commend them for bringing these high-quality manufacturing jobs not only to the U.S. but Maine in particular.”

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