After finding initial success in Georgia, a German medical device firm is tripling down on the state, moving from Norcross to a new facility in Alpharetta to manage its growth in the U.S. market.
Pajunk USA provides devices and equipment for regional (rather than general) anesthesia, enabling certain patients to be treated surgically without being put to sleep.
Pajunk’s new facility is three times the size of the operation it started in five years ago. The 50,000-square-foot building includes office space, a state-of-the-art clean room for manufacturing procedural trays, as well as 30,000 square feet of warehouse space. The company prides itself on fast shipping and great customer service, sending out 97 percent of its orders on the same day.
“Solidifying our footprint in Alpharetta further represents our commitment to this community by investing in the future, right here in Georgia,” said Simone Pajunk-Schelling, the company’s managing director in Germany. “The new facility allows us a place to further grow while continuing to deliver clinically superior products to the U.S. market.”
Pajunk, which makes spinal needles, catheters and other clinical products, says regional anesthesia is growing in prevalence in the U.S. thanks to its relatively quicker patient recovery times and fewer episodes of nausea or vomiting in the post-op period. The company asserted that regional anesthesia reduces the need for prescribing opioids to manage pain, a major concern as overdoses have rise to crisis levels across the U.S. in the last few years.
The company was founded as a “garage startup” by two Pajunk brothers in 1965. It remains based in Geisingen, a small town just over 6,000 people near the Black Forest in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg and now employs more than 500 people globally, including at one facility in Atlanta’s English sister city: Newcastle.
Alpharetta is home to more than 700 tech companies, including 52 in the medical technology sector. The new building is located at 4575 Marconi Drive in Fulton County.