IBS Further Strengthens Product Offerings
On May 3, 2010, Integrated Bagging Systems (IBS) announced the purchase of Medical Packaging Division from Uniflex Holdings, part of S. Walter Packaging Corp. Medical Packaging Division includes specimen transfer bags, stat bags, personal belongings bags and other medical packaging products. The acquisition is a valued addition to the Inteplast product portfolio, as it brings the Speci-Gard® brand name, sales and a new customer base into the IBS fold.
Originally formed in the early 1960s, Medical Packaging Division has built a solid reputation in the healthcare industry. The Speci-Gard® name is a well respected brand in the medical community and possesses a leading share position within the adhesive closure specimen transfer bag market. Sample of Speci-Gard® Specimen Transport Bags now offered through Inteplast’s IBS Division. Medical Packaging Division is a beneficial addition to IBS’s already-strong healthcare plastics and packaging initiatives. With the addition of these products, IBS can now focus on both segments of the health care market, group purchasing organizations (GPOs), as well as the med-surge distributors.
For IBS, this move allows the Company to gain access to new customers in the med-surge distribution arena. It also affords IBS the opportunity to leverage and strengthen existing offerings and product presence in current GPO customers. This new division provides a value-added product line for the IBS portfolio and enhances the appeal of the overall product bundle with both healthcare distributors and providers.
The acquisition also opens up the potential for IBS to utilize its global supply chain sourcing expertise to become a more significant force in the zipper closure specimen transfer bag market segment; a current void in Medical Packaging Division’s product offering.
As part of the acquisition, Kevin Grobe has joined the Inteplast Team as National Sales Manager for the Healthcare Products Group of the Foodservice Business Unit of IBS. Kevin has worked in the medical industry for several years as both a distributor sales representative and marketing manager for Cardinal Health. Most recently, he had responsibility for the medical product line at Uniflex. Kevin’s experience with med-surge distributors, as well as his expertise with the product line will significantly benefit the Company’s sales efforts.
The transition of the Uniflex Medical Packaging Division to Inteplast Group, IBS was finalized on July 6, 2010, when the Company assumed total responsibility for the order entry, materials management, shipping and invoicing of all healthcare products.
Kevin Grobe, National Sales Manage , Healthcare Products Group of the Foodservice Business Unit of IBS.
IBS looks forward to achieving great success with this latest venture!
Paul Ulrich Director Foodservice Business Unit, IBS
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