Lake Oswego-based Micro Systems Engineering Inc. looking to expand
Micro Systems Engineering Inc. may not be the most well-known business in the city of Lake Oswego, but the work it does to help people extends far beyond its walls.
MSEI is a biomedical company located at 6024 S.W. Jean Road that designs, manufactures and produces implantable medical devices like pacemakers and defibrillators.
"We have a handful of regular customers," said MSEI Senior Facilities Manager Scott Stoddard, adding that they manufacture products for other businesses as well. "We are the largest private employer in Lake Oswego and hardly anyone even knows we're here."
The company was established in Lake Oswego in 1979 in just one building, and it has since grown to occupy a seven-building, five-acre campus. Now it wants to expand even more.
MSEI is looking to hire employees in mechanical and electrical engineering, software and production, adding to a current workforce of about 500 in Lake Oswego.
Simultaneously, the company is trying to expand its footprint by erecting a new flagship production building to support future production and growth.
But the potential construction relies on approval from the executive board of directors, and Lake Oswego's location isn't the only one seeking expansion.
Stoddard said one concern is that approval for this expansion can only be given to one MSEI location, and its counterparts in Germany, Singapore and China also want to expand.
"It's a four-way competition to see who gets expanded manufacturing capabilities," Stoddard said.
The decision largely hangs on what makes the most financial sense and what works best timewise.
Right now, Stoddard said, they're interviewing architects to start that process and are engaging the city with more details. He is concerned, however, with how long it will take to go through Lake Oswego's permitting process. In Germany, China and Singapore, he said, it's significantly faster.
Stoddard said they hope to know at some point this year whether they can pursue the building expansion.
If the expansion is approved, they would remove an existing building and install and fabricate a new building that is 50% larger and completely dedicated to production. The flagship production building would then connect with two existing production spaces, creating an environment capable of supporting several product lines and engineering activities.
"We're actually saving lives with the products we're manufacturing," he said. "We're trying to be a company that's good to the community. We definitely give back a lot because of what we actually contributed to the local economy. … We hope to continue to do that but we need some help."
For more information or for more details on career opportunities, visit MSEI's website.
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