Medical company relocates to Wahpeton [UPDATED]Published 9:27am Friday, April 19, 2013 Updated 11:30am Friday, April 19, 2013
A friendly business environment and, most importantly, a skilled population has attracted a nationally innovative medical corporation to Wahpeton, and the positive ramifications from the move should be seen throughout the area.
Fixes 4 Kids, Inc. announced this week that it has relocated its manufacturing operations to North Dakota. Working with the Wahpeton-based ComDel Innovation, the company is dedicated to developing the economic and technological infrastructure in the area.
Founded in 2009, Fixes 4 Kids is headquartered in Utah and president Kurt Vedder said the move to Wahpeton is motivated by similar factors that led to their decision to locate in Salt Lake City.
“For me, it’s competency, capability and quality, and that’s what ComDel had to offer. That’s what the people here have to offer,” Vedder said. “It’s about the high level of educated people here. It’s just great.”
Fixes 4 Kids currently develops a family of products to treat a range of complex pediatric orthopedic fractures. The company’s E-Fix and E-Thotic create a system that helps pediatric orthopedic physicians reset, pin and postoperatively immobilize fractures in children’s elbows more effectively.
The innovation that the company develops should, according to Vedder, boost the reputation of the healthcare-centered communities in the area.
“I think what we’re going to be bringing to these communities is what we’re doing — innovation,” Vedder said. “Not just jobs, but high quality jobs that pay well.”
Another factor in the relocation was the business friendly environment the state of North Dakota and the rest of the area has created. Owing to its low taxes and generous economic development incentives, the state has become what Vedder said should be a model for economic progress for the rest of the country.
“I’ve said it to other companies, get out here, see what’s going on, meet the people. There’s no reason to go to China or to go to Mexico,” Vedder said.