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The future of Civco Medical Solutions with facilities in Kalona and Coralville appears to be bright and improving in 2018.
That is what Robin Therme and Michael McVey, president and vice president of Civco, told the Kalona Rotary Club on Jan. 9. McVey is also the plant manager of the Civco Kalona plant.
“Our employment in Kalona plant is now up over 100, and we are currently looking to hire more people,” Therme said.
McVey confirmed that he is looking to hire at least five more people, but that number could increase with continued growth.
“We are currently changing our facility to permit more production as we have acquired another company and have plans for future acquisitions,” McVey told the Rotarians.
The old office area is being removed to allow for more production.
Several years ago Civco moved its office staff to a new building just off Highway 6 on the west side of Coralville because it was landlocked in Kalona. That building is being expanded to accommodate staff with the acquisition of PCI Medical of Deep River, Conn., in 2016.
PCI Medical was a leading producer of high-level disinfection control for ultrasound transducers. That production line has been moved to the Kalona plant.
Therme, a native of Winfield, started with Civco under Victor Wadell, founder of Civco in the Kalona facility 26 years ago. She was promoted to president in April 2017.
Therme said part of Civco’s mission is to continue to grow. In 2005, Civco became a unit of Roper Technologies of Atlanta. Civco was started in Kalona in l981. Before moving to its facility off Highway 1, Civco was located in the building that now houses Willow Creek Quilting & Gifts in downtown Kalona.
Civco has 300 employees worldwide. This includes 100 at Kalona and some 70 office staff in Coralville. Theme said the Coralville location gives the company better visibility and makes it easier getting interns and graduates from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.
Therme told the Rotarians that Civco is now a multinational company with distributors in more than 80 countries. All products manufactured by the company are shipped from Kalona. Even those products now produced in Mexico (due to need to be competitive in the marketplace) are sent to Kalona for final finishing and shipped from Kalona.
Recently Civco held a meeting at Holy Trinity Parish Center for 170 of its personnel from across the globe. They used services of Kalona Coaches, Midway Vans and a local catering service.
McVeigh said Civco plans to hold another meeting in Kalona for its distributors later this year.