In 1945, Frank Semcer, Sr. and three other manufacturing professionals launched Micro Stamping Corporation in Maplewood. Housed in a 28,000-square-foot facility, the company focused on manufacturing high-precision metal stampings. Today, Somerset-based MICRO has grown into a $100-million full-service contract manufacturer of precision medical devices, injection/insert molding and fabricated tube assemblies.
“This anniversary honors 70 years of manufacturing excellence and successful operation,” says Frank J. Semcer, company chairman and the founder’s son.
Under Semcer’s direction, MICRO has grown from a small manufacturer of metal stampings to a leading global provider of medical device contract manufacturing services.
In 1988, MICRO moved to a modern 68,000-square-foot building at 140 Belmont Drive, Somerset, then seven years ago expanded operations into an adjacent building and doubled its manufacturing capacity in Somerset.
Identifying the growth potential in the medical industry, MICRO opened a medical division in 1986 and soon began developing ligation clips for a New Jersey medical device manufacturer. This work established MICRO as a world-leading manufacturer of titanium and stainless steel implantable devices.
In the 1990s, MICRO received its first order for instruments requiring cleanroom assembly and built its first cleanroom. Today, MICRO produces over 4 million endoscopic instruments annually in a completely renovated, Class 8 cleanroom.
In the mid-2000s, MICRO established operations in Singapore, Korea and Largo, Florida and added capabilities essential to becoming a truly full-service and global contract manufacturer.
“We recognize the patient is our ultimate customer, and we work hard to supply perfect quality continuously,” Semcer says. “We continually invest in new equipment and technologies to give our customers consistency, shipment after shipment. Our quality, delivery and cost set us apart from our competitors.”
Semcer says this 70th anniversary, “is a very special year for our company and a true family affair.” He manages the 350-person operation now with his three sons and daughter.