Surgical disposable products company Aspen Surgical Products has announced the acquisition of Stork, a division of Briggs Healthcare, for undisclosed sum.

The acquisition is expected to expand Aspen’s portfolio of medical and surgical disposables sold into the acute care market.

Stork, which was founded in 1958, is engaged in manufacturing sterile disposable obstetric products.

The products include the PlastiBell Disposable Circumcision Device, the Amnihook Amniotic Membrane Perforator, the Double-Grip Umbilical Cord Clamp, the Umbilical Cord Clamp Clipper, the U-Bag Pediatric Urine Collection Bag, and the Ready-Rolled FootPrinter.

Aspen CEO Jason Krieser “The Stork branded products have been a market leader in the labor and delivery space for over 50 years.

“The line fits very well with our current operational and commercial infrastructure, and we believe it is a sound platform for future growth in the obstetrics and gynecology space.”

Established in 1999, Aspen manufactures Bard-Parker blades and scalpels, Precept personal protective equipment, Protek probe covers and needle guides, surgical marking pens, orthopedic positioners, basic wound care, and instrument care products.

The company, which is backed by Audax Private Equity, has facilities in Caledonia, Michigan; Las Piedras, Puerto Rico; and Agua Prieta, Mexico.

In March, Aspen announced the acquisition of BlueMed Medical Supplies, a manufacturer disposable shoe covers and other personal protection products.

The products produced by BlueMed are used in healthcare, pharmaceutical, and lab facilities, where infection prevention and cross-contamination are major concerns.

Jason said: “Including Stork, we have completed five acquisitions in the last 18 months.

“This, along with our internal manufacturing investments, commercial enhancements, and new product introductions, has helped us improve and expand our portfolio, providing more value to both our distribution partners and our end-user customers.”