EUFAULA, Ala.—Medical Industries of the Americas is set to begin manufacturing latex gloves and other medical goods at the former Ameritex Corp. facility in Eufaula, according to MI Americas and the Alabama Deptartment of Commerce.
Production will begin at the Eufaula plant in the second quarter of 2020, the Alabama DOC said. The facility is expected to have the capacity to produce 500,000 pairs of latex gloves daily for the medical, agricultural and other industries.
The MI Americas plant also will manufacture hypoallergenic condoms, hot/cold therapy packs and other health care items.
MI Americas said it would employ some 400 workers at the 105,000-sq.-ft., 15-acre site, and plans to invest up to $50 million at the facility with the addition of more product lines.
On its website, MI Americas said it is "upgrading and expanding the company into a global medical manufacturing and distribution hub, making it one of the largest of its kind in the U.S."
Eufaula's proximity to the ports of Savannah and Mobile give MI Americas strategic logistical capacity for the entire Western Hemisphere, the website said.
"As we expand the company, our existing infrastructure will handle additional dipping lines with the abilities to increased (sic) output an estimated 50 percent with planned retrofits and upgrades," it said.
In a LinkedIn posting, MI Americas CEO David Silver praised Eufaula as "a small town, with a beautiful community," adding, "I want to give them what they deserve."
MI Americas previously was located in Adel, Iowa, but that facility is permanently closed.
Ameritex said in 2016 that it had refurbished the Eufaula site and completed validation testing of gloves there. The date Ameritex closed the facility was not immediately available.