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February 6, 2012

Richland manufacturer showcases expansion

— Business and government leaders gathered Monday at a Richland Township manufacturing company to celebrate the expansion of its export business, made possible through some cooperative government programs.

“People overseas have been interested in our products for a very long time,” Chief Executive Officer Eileen Melvin said at UMF Medical, formerly United Metal Fabricators Inc., 1316 Eisenhower Blvd.

“What has happened most recently is that instead of just reacting to the interest that is there, we are taking a proactive approach, going into growing markets.”

Melvin and her leaders took part in the Arab Health Show last year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, through a collaborative state-federal initiative.

International contacts have allowed UMF to expand its export business, maintaining employment levels at its Richland Township facility, Melvin said. By expanding its export business, the company hopes to add to its work force of about 60 employees.

The company makes exam- and treatment-room furniture and related equipment for doctors’ offices and hospitals.

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