Westmed Inc. Expands Neonatal Respiratory Business with Acquisition of Airways Development, LLC
DECEMBER 2016 — Tucson, AZ — Westmed Inc., a leading manufacturer of respiratory care and anesthesia products, has announced the acquisition of Airways Development, LLC. The deal strengthens Westmed’s presence in the neonatal respiratory care market with unique accessories that align with Westmed’s Neopod™ “T” portable transport humidification system and its Pressure Safe™ high flow nasal cannula with integral safety pressure relief.
Airways Development was founded in 1995 with the launch of their first product line WaterPAP,™ which provides more accuracy and ease-of-use when implementing bubble CPAP in the NICU. In recent years, the company has brought to market innovations in cannula securement for neonates and infants with the Capette,™ Strapette™ and Septal-H™ product lines.
Acquiring the Kenilworth, NJ-based Airways Development, LLC adds an east coast location for processing and distribution of Westmed products. The Airways facility in New Jersey has been expanded to accommodate an increase in production as well as providing an east coast distribution center.
“Having distribution on both sides of the country fits right into our growth plans,” says Jon McKinnon, CEO of Westmed.
Early 2017 will see Westmed launching the Airways product line nationwide, following with international distribution in the spring.
“We’ve seen a lot of traction with our new products, and with the support of Westmed resources in sales and distribution, we believe there is a tremendous opportunity,” says Robert Landis, Manager of Airways Development. “Our products strive to make the work easier for NICU nurses and RTs, and with Westmed’s help we will be able to get them into more hands than ever before.”
About Westmed Inc.
Westmed, Inc. manufactures a comprehensive line of innovative anesthesia, respiratory therapy and critical care products for hospitals, alternative care sites and international healthcare markets. The Company employs over 1000 people worldwide, with manufacturing, administration and customer service operations headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. More information at http://www.westmedinc.com/
About Airways Development, LLC
Airways Development has been innovating for respiratory therapists and NICU nurses since 1995, beginning with the revolutionary WaterPAP™ line that makes implementing bubble CPAP simple, accurate and cost-effective. The company focuses on developing single-use respiratory products for infants, neonates and tracheostomy patients. More information at http://www.airwaysdevelopment.com
Westmed Employees Donate $5,500 to Disaster Relief
November 17, 2016. Westmed employees in the Tucson Arizona plant, as well as remote employees all over the United States, generously contributed $5,500 to charitable organizations helping victims of the recent flooding in the Southern US, Haiti and the Caribbean Islands due to Hurricane Matthew. Westmed, Inc., which pledged to match the employee’s donation, presented checks of $5,410 and $5,590, respectively, to local officials of the American Red Cross and Catholic Relief Services.
Westmed Chief Financial Officer, Doug Pearson, presents a check for $5,410, from the employees of Westmed, Inc. to Jennifer Camano, Major Gift Officer for the Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso Region of the American Red Cross. Officials of Catholic Relief Services, who received a similar check for $5,590, were unavailable for a photo.
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