Reinhold Schmieding founded Arthrex 31 years ago. / Gary Jung/news-press.com
Headquarters: North Naples
Mission: A medical device manufacturer that develops orthopaedic products and educational services
Employees: Nearly 1,500 in Southwest Florida
Arthrex is one of three finalists for The News-Press Business/Corporation of the Year. They were picked from over 40 nominations. The media group will name the winners in this category and five others on Jan. 17 at a reception at Grace Community Church. The News-Press has honored outstanding community contributors for 26 years. Other finalist profiles this week: Thursday - Trailblazers of the Year. Friday - Heroes of the Year. Saturday - Public Officials of the Year. Sunday - People to Watch for 2013. Reported Sunday, Dec. 23 - People of the Year.
Naples-based medical device manufacturer Arthrex Inc. spent the past year growing its business to new heights.
The 31-year-old company, founded by Reinhold Schmieding, created 230 corporate and manufacturing jobs in Florida, and its state sales agencies created an additional 29 jobs. Many of the new employees are working out of a new logistics center on Plantation Road in south Fort Myers.
Arthrex also unveiled more jobs to Southwest Florida with plans for a $25 million, 190,000-square-foot surgical device manufacturing facility near Ave Maria University. The facility, which is slated to open in the spring, is expected to create an additional 400 to 500 jobs. Its job creation and its charitable contributions made Arthrex a finalist and then winner for The News-Press Business of the Year award.
“The success of our business is not dependent on the sun, real estate or agriculture,” Arthrex spokeswoman Lisa Gardiner said. “The jobs we create are non-seasonal, higher-wage, high-tech opportunities within an extraordinary culture.”
Gardiner said her company experiences less than 2 percent turnover rate annually. Arthrex has more than 1,500 employees in Southwest Florida, 700 national and international employees and about 2,000 sales associates around the world.
Mike Reagen, president and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, said Southwest Florida is lucky to have Arthrex.
“I think what we need to do is nurture companies like Arthrex,” Reagen said.
Arthrex has become a hotspot for surgeons around the world. Gardiner said Arthrex attracted more than 10,000 surgeons and healthcare professionals to the area this year for medical education on the latest surgical techniques in orthopaedic surgery.
Arthrex is passionate about growing with the community, Gardiner said. That’s why Arthrex is expanding in Collier with its facility near Ave Maria. Barron Collier donated the 21-acre site to Arthrex.
“As a global company we have the ability to expand anywhere,” Gardiner said. “However, we are committed to this community and helping to keep the Florida economy and country competitive in foreign markets.”
That attitude carries over to its charitable contributions.
Arthrex supports hundreds of philanthropic organizations each year, Gardiner said. It gives money to support child care centers through Collier Child Care Resources Inc. It also sponsors events such as St. Matthew’s House Christmas Day Meal. St. Matthew’s provides housing for the homeless and food for the needy.
“Our culture of giving and service is such that Arthrex matches any personal donations that employees make to the charities of their choice,” Gardiner said. “As a leading healthcare technology innovator, we are dedicated to making people’s lives better around the world, and it starts right here in our community.”