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Surgical instrument company to expand in Albemarle

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MicroAire Surgical Instruments will spend $8 million to expand its Albemarle County operations, creating 51 new jobs.

The company designs, manufactures and distributes specialized medical instrument worldwide. Its products include instruments for joint replacement, sterile-packaged orthopedic accessories, endoscopic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome and a powered liposuction system.

The company’s expansion is largely because of its latest product, Endotine, which provides an alternative to sutures during facial surgery. Endotine must be manufactured in a “Clean Room,” with low levels of pollutants and controlled humidity and temperature. The new facility will double the company’s Clean Room capacity and add space for product development and surgeon-training facilities.

“MicroAire has been a part of this community for more than 15 years,” MicroAire President George Saiz said in a statement. “We feel especially fortunate to have found the ideal space for our expansion so close to our current facility. We know that MicroAire’s success comes directly from the talent and ingenuity of our employees, who come to us from all around the

Charlottesville region, so we definitely wanted to stay in the area as we grow. Expanding in Albemarle County makes a lot of sense for us.”

Gov. Bob McDonnell approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to help Albemarle with the project.

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