Medical Devices

In Southwest Michigan, you will find one of the most robust medical device clusters in the United States. Within the 120-mile radius of Kalamazoo, Michigan, exists a robust infrastructure that is the result of the legacy of The Upjohn Company, founded by Dr. W.E. Upjohn in 1886, and Stryker Corporation formed by Dr. Homer Stryker, a physician, surgeon and inventor. Both companies have had profound influence on the delivery of modern healthcare around the world and created a community legacy with the resources and talents fundamental to nurturing medical enterprises.

The Michigan Medical Device Accelerator (MMDA) is one of the region’s additional advantages. Housed physically in the Southwest Michigan First offices and virtually in companies throughout the region, the MMDA facilitates intellectual property to find the physical premises, financial resources, tools and equipment, professional guidance and administrative support that are necessary to turn ideas – such as those penciled on the back of a napkin by a pediatrician – into safe, innovative and competitive products in the global market.

  • Home to over 200 regional life science companies
  • Western Michigan University School of Medicine
  • Michigan Medical Device Accelerator
  • Midwest’s 4th largest cluster of medical device suppliers
  • One of the nation’s strongest and most respected concentrations of contract research organizations
  • Over 80,000 employed in the health sciences
  • Over 3,500 health science jobs created since 2008
  • Fortune 500 companies are headquartered or physically present including Stryker Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic and Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • #1 Top 5 Medium MSA with the highest concentration of employment for Drugs and Pharmaceuticals (Business Facilities, August 2009)
  • #2 Top 5 Medium MSA with the highest concentration of employment for Medical Device and Equipment (Business Facilities, August 2009)
  • Ranks in Top 100 metro areas for device patents according to a report by the Taimerica Management Company (2007)
  • In Kalamazoo County, exists one of the nation's most educated demographics: 1.87% of the population hold doctoral degrees (1.20% is national average); 8.46% hold a masters' degree (7.28% is national average); and 21.42% hold a bachelor's degree (17.70% is national average)
  • More than 375,000 college and university students within a 2-hour driving radius

Top Regional Employers

Research and Development Companies Location
Abbott Laboratories Sturgis, MI
Advanced Cooling Therapy Kalamazoo, MI
Azenic Dental Kalamazoo, MI
Borgess Research Institute Kalamazoo, MI
Bronson Medical Center Kalamazoo, MI
Covance Battle Creek, MI
Keystone Solutions Group Kalamazoo, MI
Medtronic Grand Rapids, MI
Monteris Medical Kalamazoo, MI
Stryker Corporation - Headquarters Kalamazoo, MI
  • Stryker Instruments
Kalamazoo, MI
  • Stryker Medical
Portage, MI
  • Stryker EMS
Kalamazoo, MI
  • Stryker Craniomaxillofacial
Kalamazoo, MI
Tekna Kalamazoo, MI
Thermo Fisher Scientific Kalamazoo, MI
OEM Product Design Location
Keystone Solutions Group Kalamazoo, MI
Tekna Kalamazoo, MI
Development Contract Research Organizations Location
BioMedPharmIS Kalamazoo, MI
BioSTAT Consultants Portage, MI
Borgess Research Institute Kalamazoo, MI
Center for Clinical Research Solutions Kalamazoo, MI
Eurofins AvTech Laboratories Portage, MI
Innovative Analytics Kalamazoo, MI
Jasper Clinical Research & Development Kalamazoo, MI
MPI Research Mattawan, MI
PharmaMed Resources Portage, MI
Velesco Pharmaceutical Services Kalamazoo, MI
OEM Manufacturers Location
Abbott Laboratories Sturgis, MI
Medtronic Grand Rapids, MI
Stryker Corporation Kalamazoo, MI
Thermo Fisher Scientific Kalamazoo, MI
Manufacturing Suppliers Location
Alliant Healthcare Richland, MI
AmFab, Inc. Galesburg, MI
Autocam Dowagiac, MI
Bangor Plastics Bangor, Mi
Cytec Industries Kalamazoo, MI
Dill Instruments Kalamazoo, MI
Dimplex Thermal Solutions Kalamazoo, MI
Eimo Technologies Vicksburg, MI
Ennew Medical Devices, LLC Kalamazoo, MI
Fab Masters Marcellus, MI
FlowTech Corporation Kalamazoo, MI
Freeman Manufacturing Company Sturgis, MI
The HAC of America Group Portage, MI
Hanger Prosthetics and Orthodics Kalamazoo, MI
Humphrey Products Kalamazoo, MI
J. Sterling Industries, Ltd. Kalamazoo, MI
Micro Machine Company Kalamazoo, MI
Midwest Cleanroom Associates Grand Rapids, MI
Milestone Medical Kalamazoo, MI
Mol-Son, Inc. Mattawan, MI
Mossberg Precision Diagnostics Kalamazoo, MI
Ostial Solutions Kalamazoo, MI
Redline Manufacturing Galesburg, MI
Safari Circuits Otsego, MI
Sturgis Molded Products Sturgis, MI
Tekna Kalamazoo, MI
Vaupell Constantine, MI
W. Soule & Company Kalamazoo, MI
Westone Portage, MI
Wright Coating Company Kalamazoo, MI
Laboratory Equipment Location
Corners, Limited Kalamazoo, MI
Iroquois Hoods Muskegon, MI
Meints Glassblowing Kalamazoo, MI
ThermoForms Kentwood, MI
Laboratory Furniture Location
Herman Miller Zeeland, MI
Steelcase Grand Rapids, MI
Teclab Kalamazoo, MI
UFP Technologies Grand Rapids, MI
Intellectual Property Legal Services Location
Honigman Kalamazoo, MI
Kreis Enderle Kalamazoo, MI
Miller Canfield Kalamazoo, MI
Miller Johnson Kalamazoo, MI
Varnum Kalamazoo, MI
Logistics Location
Seneca Medical Kalamazoo, MI
Support Services Location
Single Source Procurement Kalamazoo, MI
Team Support Services Kalamazoo, MI

Average Wage by Occupation

Occupation Average Hourly Mean Wages
Assemblers & Fabricators, All Other $14.87
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office & Administration $22.53
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production & Operating Workers $25.87
Machinists $18.67
Maintenance & Repair Workers, General $17.16
Maintenance Workers, Machinery $18.32
Mechanical Drafters $22.44
Mechanical Engineering Technicians $22.80
Mechanical Engineers $36.35
Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians $16.78
Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technologists $25.96
Metal Workers & Plastic Workers, All Other $13.50
Molding, Coremaking, & Casting Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders, Metal & Plastic $13.73
Office & Administrative Support Occupations $15.09
Office & Administrative Support Workers, All Other $14.68
Office Clerks, General $13.26
Production Occupations $16.15
Production Workers, All Other $14.57
Production, Planning & Expediting Clerks $19.95
Purchasing Managers $44.34
Team Assemblers $14.73
Tool & Die Makers $20.55

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, Annual Average Regional Metropolitan Statistical Area Hourly Mean Wage, 2012