TouchPoint Healthcare, located in Odessa, had a grand opening for its new global headquarters.
It’s an unprecedented mark in Pasco County, as it houses the flagship base for the company that supplies 90 countries with manufactured medical supplies.
Visitors at the Feb. 20 ribbon cutting had the chance to go on a guided tour of the building, which is a two-story structure of 142,000 square feet.
The building, at 2200 Touchpoint Drive, is off of State Road 54, and home to TouchPoint Healthcare’s two businesses – TouchPoint Medical and iTD.
It represents a $23.8-million capital investment for Pasco County.
Brian McNeill, the president and CEO of TouchPoint Inc. – the parent company, told those gathered: “The investment that we’re making here in Pasco County is an example of our long-term commitment to our businesses, to our people and to the communities in which we live and work.
“We work with every major medical device manufacturer in the world who focus their efforts on imaging and software.”
The company is located in The Preserve, a residential community off State Road 54.
Since selecting its Odessa location in 2018, TouchPoint has been working alongside the county and the Pasco Economic Development Council (EDC).
The county was ultimately chosen because it would grant more access to engineers, technicians and accounts, McNeill said.
The area also “attracts a type of person that wants to have a balanced life, wants to enjoy the water [and] wants to enjoy the outdoors,” he added, saying that this reflects the company’s values.
Bill Cronin, president and CEO of the Pasco EDC, praised the new facility.
“You now are at the entry point of a life sciences corridor here for Pasco County, and that’s huge,” Cronin said.
He noted the economic benefit that the new headquarters brings.
Life sciences, as he put it, is a recession-proof industry because everyone needs health care.
The warehouse manufactures various equipment that is brought into hospitals and other health care facilities.
Such products include computerized medication dispensers with multiple draws, and a scanner.
There are even miniature refrigerators to preserve those medicines that need to be kept at a low temperature.
Medical equipment, such as carts designed to mount computers, are built there, as well.
The facility also operates as a storage unit, with aisles lined up with thousands of parts for production.
Machinery can be found throughout the building that manufacture items like metal components, and that paint and provide coating to supplies.
There’s also a spacious cafeteria to accommodate workers.
And, the site is eco-friendly, as it’s incorporated with LED lights and charging stations in the parking lot, for electric cars.
“Very few companies have managed to adapt and stay in existence for more than a century,” said Edward Putnam, chairman of the board of directors for TouchPoint Inc.
He took the time to summarize the company’s history, which first began manufacturing pipes to transport oil in the late 19th century.
David Engel, manager of the county’s office of economic growth, and Pasco County Commissioner Mike Wells and Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles were recognized for their role in bringing the company’s headquarters to Pasco.
The headquarters can hold up to 298 employees and currently has 139.
Employment also is expected to continue to grow.
McNeill said there are future plans to expand the headquarters, doubling in size.
Published February 26, 2020.