A health-care industry company called Path-Tec cut a ceremonial ribbon Friday at its new facility in Muscogee Technology Park.
It leaves behind its former home on Belfast Avenue in the Bradley Park area for the 126,000-square-foot plant at 5700 Old Brim Road that until last year was operated by Litho-Krome, a printing operation owned by greeting card firm Hallmark.
Path-Tec, launched in 2005 by Kevin Boykin, the company’s president and chief executive officer, employs about 100 people and has pledged to double that over the next few years.
The Columbus company specializes in the logistics process of packaging, transporting and tracking specimens shipped to medical laboratories, including those taking part in clinical trials. That includes supplying items such as needles, tubes, cups, wipes, requisition forms, shipping materials and instructions on collecting a sample.
“Our customers are laboratories all over the U.S.,” Boykin said last fall when the relocation was announced. “When you go to a doctor and get a sample drawn, a lot of times they will collect the sample and put it into some sort of transport box. We design all of the kits that they use to collect those samples in, and we also manage all of the inventory. We know how much inventory is sitting on the shelves of all of the doctors. So we take care of all the tracking of the samples.”
Last October, Path-Tec was honored as 2015 Project of the Year by the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce for its $3 million expansion that will generate an average of 20 to 25 jobs each year over the next four to five years.
Muscogee Technology Park is located in the Midland area of Columbus, just off Macon Road or U.S. Hwy. 80. Kansas City-based Hallmark made the decision a year to shut down its Litho-Krome facility here and shift production elsewhere. The local operation printed cards and packaging for Crayola crayons. The closure by Hallmark eliminated about 50 jobs here and ended Litho-Krome’s more than eight-decade presence in the city.