Supera Anesthesia Innovations sees growth during pandemic
Many industries have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that isn't the case at Supera Anesthesia Innovations.
The company, which manufactures veterinary medical equipment, recently relocated from Clackamas to the Estacada Industrial Campus. After breaking ground on the building project in October 2020, they moved into their new facility last May.
Brian Lawson, President and Founder of Supera Anesthesia Innovations, estimated that business has increased by 50% during the pandemic.
"COVID has just made the veterinarian industry explode. The last two years, there's been a lot of growth," he said, adding that the extra space at their Estacada location had made the move easier to facilitate.
Since moving to Estacada, the business hired two employees in 2021 and plans to hire two more this year.Â
"We're in a good position to be really efficient with our products and manufacturing," he said, noting that the company has nine employees.Â "We're not looking to be twice the size again next year and keep getting bigger and bigger."
Lawson attributed the increase in business to the pet population in the United States increasing.
"People are spending more money on their pets to keep them healthy," he added. "They're putting a much higher value on pets and that human-animal bond."
Lawson noted that the company strives to collaborate with other local businesses in Estacada when possible. Additionally, they're donating items from the Estacada-based Snook's Pet Products to a food drive at Eagle Fern Veterinary Hospital.
"I wanted to help out the community for one, and our local veterinarians, and then just luckily (found) out that we have a local manufacturer of healthy food products," he said.
Reflecting on Supera Anesthesia Innovations' move, Lawson also said he appreciates Estacada's close-knit atmosphere.
"I love the part where everyone knows everyone else, and you can usually get a good reference for other things," he said.
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