21 December 2023

Michigan Growth Advisors – Latest News – Aspen Surgical Products joins Symmetry Surgical

Aspen Surgical Products, a leading manufacturer of surgical essentials and infection control products is expanding at its headquarters in Caledonia Township. The company recently joined Symmetry Surgical to offer an expanded portfolio of trusted products essential to surgery, with enhanced efficiency and convenience from prep to close.

These portfolios provide clinicians with tools and trusted brands to advance the perioperative experience including Bard-Parker®, WriteSite®, Bookwalter®, Bovie,® and Olsen®. The company employs more than 225 Michiganders at its headquarters facility.

In October 2022, Aspen acquired Symmetry Surgical, a leading healthcare technology and solutions supplier of high-quality surgical instruments based in Nashville, Tenn. With this acquisition, the company plans to consolidate its warehousing and distribution centers into a leased space adjacent to its headquarters in Caledonia Township, where it will make upgrades to the building as well as add equipment and machinery.

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $5 million and create 75 well-paying jobs with the support of a $600,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen for the project over Symmetry Surgical’s existing operations in Nashville due to the company’s strong existing employee base and world-class headquarters facility.

“We are excited to partner with the state of Michigan to announce the growth of our headquarters and the upcoming opening of our new expanded distribution center in Caledonia,” said Aspen Surgical Products CEO Steve Blazejewski. “This expansion is a testament to Aspen Surgical’s growth and success, as well as our commitment to providing exceptional service to our customers across the healthcare continuum. With over 131,000 square feet of storage space and improved technology, the new distribution center will allow us to better meet our customers’ needs and provide a streamlined experience across the Aspen and Symmetry market-leading brands such as Bookwalter®, Bard-Parker®, and Bovie®.”

This project highlights the state’s efforts to position Michigan as a leader in the life sciences and medical device industry, further helping to make Michigan a top-tier location for life sciences development and manufacturing. It will also solidify the company’s presence and future investment in the state.

The Right Place plans to assist the company in finding candidates for the newly created positions. Aspen offers competitive pay, various shift opportunities, and most benefits starting on the first day of employment.  Information on career opportunities with Aspen Surgical can be found here or at

“Aspen Surgical has been a cornerstone of our region’s medical device community since 1999,” said Eric Icard, Senior Director of Business Development at The Right Place and project lead. “This expansion reflects not only their success but also contributes to the overall prosperity of our region. Working alongside them and seeing their continued growth is truly gratifying.”

“It has been a pleasure to partner with the, MEDC, Right Place and Aspen Surgical team to help evaluate their expansion options and negotiate the approved incentive package,” said Joe Agostinelli, Founder and Managing Director of Michigan Growth Advisors. ”We look forward to supporting ASP as they continue their growth in Michigan.”

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Written by: Joe Agostinelli, Michigan Growth Advisors Founder   |   269.567.0669

Joe Agostinelli, founder of Michigan Growth Advisors brings a fully integrated perspective on the current state of today’s economic development landscape.

Joe’s expertise has touched every aspect of economic development in Michigan, including legislative policy, partnering with state and regional economic development organizations, private real estate development and consulting on all the above within the ever-evolving market. He understands the growing pains businesses have today and knows how to equip them with the right tools at the right time to ensure long-term success.

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