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Forte advises Summit Medical on expansion

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Overview

Summit Medical, a developer and manufacturer of a diverse medical product portfolio, has experienced substantial growth from 16 employees in 11,000 sq. ft. of space in 2011 to over 100 employees today. This will be the company’s fourth expansion in the last decade.

Challenge & Strategy

Summit Medical, which has acquired and integrated seven independent medical device companies over the last 10 years, was rebranded as Innovia Medical with other medical device companies owned by Shore Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused exclusively on microcap health care investments before being acquired by Inverness Graham Investments in March of 2023. In 2011, the firm started with 11,000 sq. ft. in the building, which grew to 41,000 sq. ft. in 2022. 

Innovia Medical, operating as Summit Medical in Minnesota, has signed a nine-year lease for 73,000 sq. ft. in Viking Lakes, Eagan, Minnesota, to serve as its new corporate headquarters. The recent expansion involves the renewal of the existing lease, incorporating an additional 32,000 sq. ft. to make Innovia Medical the sole tenant of the property.

This expansion strategically consolidates another Eagan facility, providing space for offices, distribution, clean room manufacturing, and the assembly of finished products. The company anticipates completing its relocation to the remodeled space, leaving approximately 15% of the area available for future products or acquisitions, by late January 2024.

Results

“We’re excited to have our employees and operations under one roof, where we can collaborate and innovate more easily,” said Summit Medical’s Kevin McIntosh. 

John Young, Vice President-Advisory, Forte Real Estate Partners, and Wally Tufvander, Vice President – Project Management, were the company’s real estate and construction advisors. Their roles encompassed lease negotiations, construction bidding, and project management. Young handled lease negotiations with MVE Ventures, the owner of Viking Lakes, and assessed various real estate options, while Tufvander collaborated with and managed contractors for renovations, furniture installation, AV/IT setup, and move management for the two MN locations.

“Having an adequate real estate footprint to keep up with our growth is an important part of our success. The Forte team played a pivotal role with their advice, counsel, and project management for each new lease, making the transitions and decisions much smoother.”

Kevin McIntosh

Summit Medical

Project Management

Our Renovation and Relocation Project Management Team coordinates the entire project life cycle involving internal staff and external vendors to deliver projects within schedule and budget. 

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John Young, CCIM

John Young, CCIM

Vice President | Real Estate Advisory

o: 952-854-5067
c: 651-216-6565
john.young@forterep.com

Wally Tufvander

Wally Tufvander

Vice President | Project Management

o: 952-525-3341 c: 612-964-9767 wally.tufvander@forterep.com

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