Heather Thompson, Senior Editor
The Chalmers Group of companies has purchased Primus Sterilizer Co. – a maker of sterilization system for the clinical, life science, biocontainment and biopharma sectors.
Financial terms of the deal, which was effective Nov. 1, were not disclosed.
Primus is a boutique manufacturer of handmade stainless steel steam sterilizers, initially launched in 1984 through the acquisition of an ASME-certified pressure-vessel factory in Great Bend, Kan. As a manufacturer, Primus focuses on streamlines autoclave designs to reduce material and resource waste.
Chalmers is a private corporation based in Mississauga, Ontario that holds Scientek and CSI/Jewett. Scientek provides a complete line of washers and dryers for the processing of surgical instruments and utensils, operating room carts, and laboratory glassware. It also offers a series of cabinet washers, tunnel washers and rack washers to thoroughly clean and sanitize animal cages and water bottles in research facilities. CSI/Jewett creates highly engineered products in a 70,000 sq. foot facility equipped with CNC laser cutting systems, CNC turret punching centers, CNC press brake centers, and semi-automatic welding services.
Chalmers Group officials said that adding Primus enables the company to provide a single source for steam sterilizers, washing equipment, autopsy/dissection equipment, and stainless steel case goods.
Jim Fry, who will serve as the CEO for the combined group noted that infection control is among the group’s top priorities to support its customer base.