August 29, 2014

High Tech, Medical Company to Move from Chester to Deep River; and Deep River is Delighted

Future Deep River Headquarters of PCI Medical

Deep River First Selectman Dick Smith is a happy man. He has convinced a high tech firm, which manufactures disinfectant medical machines, to move from Chester to Deep River. The precise address of the new plant is, 6 Winter Avenue, which is off the north end of Deep River’s Main Street.

Extensive renovations of the former factory building of 36,000 square feet are now 80 percent complete, according PCI Medical, the new company that is coming to town. When finished and operational, an estimated 50 new jobs will have moved into Deep River. Over thirty of them will be employees of PCI Medical, and the rest will be those of a tenant, according to PCI.

Deep River’s Smith said that he was “very excited about PCI’s move back to Deep River.” “Industrial and commercial development is very important to us,” he said, noting that they add new tax revenues to the town. Also, Smith said that the building that PCI is now remodeling was “in tough shape.” It once housed a metal stamping company, and has been vacant for a number of years.

PCI Medical, a national leader in disinfection systems

“Everything we do is related to disinfection,” says Philip Coles, President of PCI Medical, speaking from PCI’s present headquarters in the industrial area of Chester. Coles runs the company with his wife, Cliodhna Coles, who holds the title of Vice President, and who shares an office with her husband.

Philip and Cliodhna Coles, President and VP of PCI Medical

The essence of PCI’s business is manufacturing machines that disinfect heat sensitive, medical devices used by hospitals, health care facilities and medical laboratories throughout the country. Over 6,000 of these health care facilities are currently customers of PCI Medical.

Many of the disinfectant processes that are addressed by PCI machines are mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Joint Commission for Hospital Accreditation.

Coles says that because its disinfectant machines protect health care professionals, the company even receives “thank you” letters from workers in the health care industry.

The PCI disinfectant process

These diagnostic devices in the health care industry that PCI machines disinfect are those that are inserted into to various parts of the human body to determine the health of an individual medical patient. These devices include endoscopes and ultrasound probes.

Philip Coles by a PCI Disinfection Soak System machine

After these medical devices have been used, they are disinfected and “the vapor from the disinfectant can be very dangerous,” says PCI President Coles. To address these dangers PCI manufactures no less than twenty different disinfection soak stations that remove the toxic vapors.

These PCI disinfectant devices fall into two categories. The first are used for endoscopes, and the second are for ultrasound probes.

The endoscope process, according to Coles, “provides an actual medical peek inside a person’s body.”  The ultrasound probe on the other hand generates an ultrasound picture of the probe within the human body to a “live” visual display machine.

PCI’s business consists of manufacturing Disinfection Soak Stations that disinfect the devices that are used in both endoscope and ultrasound medical examinations.

“We provide machines to disinfect these instruments, which also protect the person doing the disinfecting,” Coles points out. The Soak Station machines of PCI are equipped with specially activated carbon filters, which by chemical adsorption protect the user while the medical instruments are disinfected.

Coles says that the machines manufactured by PCI Medical used in the disinfecting process are designed (1) to protect the health care professional using the device, (2) to protect the delicate medical instruments that are being disinfected, and (3) to minimize the use of the liquid disinfectant involved in the process. In fact, PCI’s processes use 75% less disinfectant than other systems, according to Coles.

Furthermore, PCI’s disinfection processes are “ductless,” which means that in the disinfecting process, it is not necessary for a PCI customer to construct ducts to the outside air, according to Coles.

In addition, Coles says that PCI Disinfection Soak Stations prevent splashes and spills.

The PCI Medical success story    

According to Deep River First Selectman Dick Smith, PCI Medical’s first manufacturing site was a 2,000 square feet space in Deep River’s industrial park.  It was in what the town calls an “incubator space.” At the very first the company had only three employees.

Deep River First Selectman Dick Smith, a happy man

However, PCI Medical grew rapidly, and eventually after renting progressively larger sites in town, the company was up to renting a 14,000 square feet space at 12 Bridge Street in Deep River.

But then in 2010 the company had growing pains again. However, this time the amount of rental space that was needed was simply not available in Deep River, so the company moved to a rental property in Chester’s industrial park.

Now, when the extensive reconstruction of its new property on Winter Avenue is complete, PCI will be coming back to Deep River. No one could more pleased by this than Deep River First Selectman, Dick Smith.