Medical Device Manufacturing2024-06-13T16:19:36-04:00

Medical Device Companies

NKY Talent & Tech for a Healthy Industry

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Medical Device Companies in NKY

Medical device manufacturing designs and develops products with surgical, dental, and vision applications, as well as prescription and over-the-counter products that prevent or treat illnesses. The NKY and Greater Cincinnati region offers medical device companies competitive labor costs and strong biotech talent in our leading logistics and transportation hub. Our robust educational landscape provides a solid pipeline of talent and research to help medical device companies thrive.

“Innovation has been Zeiss’ guiding principle since we were founded 175 years ago, and our newly completed facility in Hebron uses the latest technology that will power the next generation in vision care. We’re thrilled to officially relocate our U.S. headquarters to Northern Kentucky.”

Jens Boy, President, Zeiss Vision Care 


Our region is helping staff medical device companies with labor at all levels thanks to a robust educational landscape.

There are 25 four-year colleges/universities and 11 community and technical colleges located about 75 miles from Northern Kentucky. Business leaders cite the talent –dedication, education, and training combined with a willingness to learn– as a major asset for NKY. SmartAsset named the Cincinnati region as the #1 city for new college grads in 2022, the fourth year in the top spot.

Throughout the Cincinnati region, NKU, Thomas More University, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and Miami University provide leading engineering, business and technology talent to companies in the region. The talent pipeline features 5,500 engineering graduates per year within a 75-minute drive of NKY and rapidly growing manufacturing technician programs at Gateway Community & Technical College.

The Northern Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NKY FAME) program at Gateway Community & Technical College offers students the opportunity to work at a manufacturer while attending classes and earning a degree at Gateway, which is paid for by the manufacturing company. Safran, Perfetti Van Melle, and Bosch Automotive Steering are among 14 employers in the region attracting the next generation into manufacturing apprenticeships and NKY FAME.

Toyota started FAME in Kentucky and grew it into a national program of the Manufacturing Institute, which has dozens of chapters around the country. FAME works through regional partnerships with manufacturers to provide apprenticeship-style training in conjunction with classes for students while preparing them for well-paying careers in manufacturing.

Major Companies

Medical Device Manufacturing

  • ABB Optical
  • Beam Technologies
  • Beckman Coulter Inc.
  • Zeiss Vision Care

Laboratory Equipment Manufacturing

  • Analytical Solutions and Providers (ASAP)
  • Andritz Separation Inc.


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