Aspen Surgical buys maker of disposable obstetric products

CALEDONIA—Aspen Surgical Products Inc., the Caledonia-based medical device maker, announced the acquisition of Stork, a division of Des Moines, Iowa-based Briggs Healthcare. Terms were not immediately disclosed.

Founded in 1958, the Stork line of products includes high-quality, branded sterile disposable obstetric products. The acquisition of Stork strengthens Aspen’s broad portfolio of medical and surgical disposables sold into the acute care market.

“The Stork branded products have been a market leader in the labor and delivery space for over 50 years,” said Jason Krieser, CEO of Aspen. “The line fits very well with our current operational and commercial infrastructure, and we believe it is a sound platform for future growth in the obstetrics and gynecology space. Including Stork, we have completed five acquisitions in the last 18 months. This, along with our internal manufacturing investments, commercial enhancements, and new product introductions, has helped us improve and expand our portfolio, providing more value to both our distribution partners and our end-user customers.”

Established in 1999, Aspen is a leading manufacturer of surgical disposables focused on improving patient and healthcare provider safety and efficiency in the hospital and surgery center environment. Included are blades, scalpels, personal protective equipment, probe covers, needle guides, wound care and instrument care products. The company manufactures its products in Caledonia and other locations in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, and Agua Prieta, Mexico.

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