Dave Hemink prides himself on running a Minnesota-made company that designs, develops and manufactures the little devices that doctors put on your finger to measure your blood oxygen.
And business has never been better.
“We expanded into a different building on our campus, broadened our manufacturing area,” said Hemink, whose pulse oximeters are being used in COVID-19 tests around the world. “We’ve been hiring people left and right.”
But even a Minnesota company like Nonin Medical — that’s the name of his Plymouth-based medical device company, short for “noninvasive monitoring” — isn’t immune to global supply chain issues. The raw materials for his pulse oximetry machines, for instance, come from the Philippines, one of the first Southeast Asian countries to close up shop during the pandemic.
The sub-components of some of his medical devices are assembled at specialty car part factories and other manufacturing plants in Minnesota, India and throughout Southeast Asia, and several of those sites have been sidelined by stay-at-home orders amidst the coronavirus crisis.
“Our demand is up across everything at least 10 times, probably much higher than that,” said Hemink, who employs 230 workers and ships globally. “We have product lines that are up 2,600 percent.”
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