Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 19, 2013

Breaking new ground

Med-Logics is to relocate from California to Enterprise Drive

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Wednesday morning for the newest resident at Athens Industrial Park.

Med-Logics is relocating from California to a 4-acre tract on Enterprise Drive. The company, which specializes in manufacturing opthamology laser blades used in eye surgery and related technology, is bringing its entire operation to Athens.

“I think this is a terrific location,” Chief Executive Officer Rod Ross said. “We’re on the same street with several medical manufacturers.”

The company was founded in 1992. Ross said eight of the approximately 20 Med-Logics employees will be making the move to Texas. His wife, Med-Logics co-founder Betty Ross, was also at the groundbreaking and said she is happy to be moving to Athens.

Once the groundbreaking shovels were put away, Athens Economic Development Corporation Board Vice-Chairman David Holdredge extended a greeting and handshake to Ross.

“We’re glad to have Med-Logics coming to Athens. It’s one of AEDC’s goals to promote medical manufacturing here and to grow it. You’re helping us.”

Ross said he and his wife Betty will be coming to Athens in July interviewing for positions of those who chose not to relocate with the company.

“The first thing we have to hire is an electronics assembler, someone to put the devices together,” Ross said.

Ross grew up in the Abilene area, in Clyde, then went to college in Denton at the University of North Texas before entering the medical manufacturing field. He said he won’t have a hard time adjusting to life in a small city.

“Clyde, when I grew up there, had 1,800 people,” Ross said. “I worked in the food store.”

Every new medical manufacturing-related business that sets up shop in Athens Industrial Park makes it easier for the city to attract similar businesses, Ross said.

“One of the ways I hope we can help is to help bring more medical-device companies to Athens,” Ross said. “The more medical-device companies that come, the more vendors, suppliers, molders, tubers, extractors and machine shops will follow. ”

Although the dignitaries were holding shovels on Wednesday, actual dirt work on the project is already underway, and an outline of where the building will be located is easily spotted on the property.

Monte Montgomery of Montgomery Unlimited Construction  is working on the project. Montgomery said he hopes to have the building finished by November.