NEED TO KNOW
SMS Technologies Inc. (San Diego; www.smstech.com) has received the 2007 North American Frost & Sullivan award for customer value enhancement in the medical electronics manufacturing services market. . . . A supplier of high-precision bearings, AST (Montville, NJ; www.astbearings.com), a division of Axsys Technologies Inc., has been acquired by Tonka Bay Equity Partners (Minnetonka, MN; www.tonkabayequity.com). . . . Testing services provider and contract manufacturer Microtest (Agawam, MA; www.mictotestlabs.com) has expanded its facilities, doubling its stability and storage testing capabilities. The company also expanded its medical device packaging laboratory. . . . LaVezzi Precision (Glendale Heights, IL; www.lavezzi.com), a manufacturer of high-precision and multifaceted medical components, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Founded in 1908, the company operates a variety of lathes and grinding and milling machines in a 50,000-sq-ft facility. . . . Outsource manufacturer and distributor of sterile, single-use medical devices Coastal Life Technologies (www.cltsa.com) has moved into its new headquarters in San Antonio, TX. The 40,000-sq-ft facility includes an 8000-sq-ft cleanroom. . . . Intertek’s Oil, Chemical, and Agri group (Houston; www.intertek.com), a quality and safety services provider, has acquired polymer testing services provider Plastics Technology Laboratories Inc. (Pittsfield, MA; www.ptli.com). . . . Medical component manufacturer Innovative Medical (Fort Meyers, FL; www.innovativemd.com) has opened a fully automated cleanroom.