The company, based in Plymouth, Minnesota, makes specially designed bags to hold materials during the manufacture of biotech-based pharmaceuticals.
While Minnesota has long lacked an industry that creates and develops new drug therapies, the state is home to a mini-cluster of companies that specializes in manufacturing pharmaceuticals, including biotechnology containers and reactors.
DCI International Inc. is one of the world’s largest makers of storage and processing tanks for the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries. The company operates a 100,000-plus square foot headquarters and production facility in St. Cloud, Minnesota. DCI also boasts plants in Missouri and France.
ATMI Inc. (NASDAQ:ATMI), based in Danbury, Connecticut, recently completed a two-year, multimillion dollar effort to establish its manufacturing facility in Bloomington, Minnesota, as its North American hub for making storage, mixing, and reactor tanks demanded by pharmaceutical and lifescience companies.
The University of Minnesota also boasts a respected chemical engineering department that produces graduates competent in reaction processes and chemical synthesis.