Expansion at Pelican BioThermal

Company’s capacity for cold chain products grows in Plymouth location

By Kevyn Burger
Monday, October 31, 2016

The announcement of an expansion of a west metro biomedical firm represents yet another development in cementing Plymouth’s status as a high tech medical hotbed.

Pelican BioThermal, formerly Minnesota Thermal Science, announced that it will expand the manufacturing capabilities in their local operation, growing from 58,000 to 72,000 square feet. The expansion will double the company’s manufacturing capacity in Plymouth.

“We took over part of our building from another tenant for this expansion. We are now three times bigger than we were when we moved into this space ten years ago,” says Adam Tetz, Pelican BioThermal's director of worldwide marketing.

Pelican BioThermal provides cold chain technology using materials that are critical to maintaining temperature stability for the safe transport of products for the pharmaceutical and life science industry. The thermal protection packaging is used for shipping products including vaccines, tissue samples, blood supplies, clinical trials and diagnostics.

The privately held company also provides cold chain protection for frozen, refrigerated and temperature sensitive packaging solutions for the military and the Canadian Blood Services.

“We adhere to rigorous standards to keep the temperatures stable to get the payload from Point A to Point B,” Tetz explains. “If these products stray outside the temperature range, it could damage them or compromise its ability to do what it is designed to do.”

The company uses a combination of components, from vacuum insulated panels to coolants to ice and styrofoam, to achieve its results.

“We have patented technology in how the product insulates and seals in the cold,” Tetz adds. “This is a $4 billion dollar industry and we are a tech leader in that market,

The addition of the new production line in Plymouth will add to Pelican BioThermal’s ability to manufacture and assemble single use systems for its clients. That will complement its reusable product line. 

Pelican BioThermal is adding two full time employees, bringing its workforce to 70; the company also relies on 25 to 30 temporary workers as demand warrants.

The company was called Minnesota Thermal Science when it was founded locally in 2002. It was purchased by Pelican BioThermal, headquartered in Torrance, Cal. three years ago.