Eighteen months after it set up shop stateside, a U.K.-based company is has expanded its presence in Hanover County.
Integrated Technologies Ltd. moved its three-person U.S. subsidiary in Ashland to a 2,775-square-foot manufacturing and office space at 305 Ashcake Road in the Hanover Business Center in November.
The new space is about three times the size of ITL’s initial U.S. home at 319 Business Lane in the Dominion Resources Innovation Center in Ashland.
Founded in 1977, ITL designs, develops and manufactures medical equipment, mostly on a contract basis and is building out its own line of products, as well.
“It’s all bespoke, custom stuff,” Thomas Jull, vice president of operations, said. “What makes us different is we can take a project on at any stage and we can do that on a global scale.”
The company is headquartered in Kent, England, where it has 120 employees, and it has a 20-person office in China, Jull said. Its work has included developing a lymph node detection system and designing and manufacturing video scope devices.
ITL had clients and operations in the U.S. for about 20 years before launching its U.S. subsidiary, ITL of Virginia, in May 2013. The company landed in the local market after working with the Greater Richmond Partnership, an economic development group that helps recruit companies to the area.
Jull said having an office in the U.S. has improved relations with existing clients and gotten rid of delays caused by operating in different time zones. Jull said Virginia’s central location along the East Coast made it an ideal place for an office.
“It’s a good soft landing place as opposed to Boston, which can be quite expensive,” Jull said. “But if you go too far south, you get further away from industry.”
ITL of Virginia is going through the process of getting approval from the Food and Drug Administration to manufacture a wider range of medical devices and equipment, in part because many of the firm’s potential clients have requirements to use products made in the U.S.
James Martin, a business development coordinator with ITL, said the company works with both startups and international corporations. It is working to build up a customer base in central Virginia and is in talks to do business with several companies in Richmond and Charlottesville.
“If you have an idea or prototype, we can work with you,” Martin said.