BeoCare Group, one of the leading North-American manufacturers of knitted medical textiles, has acquired all the assets of Shelby Elastics of North Carolina.

Both North Carolina-based companies manufacture specialty medical textiles used in a wide range of applications in hospitals and long term care facilities.

Shelby Elastics will continue to operate as an independent division of BeoCare from its current location in Shelby, NC where it employs 51 people.

"Many leading medical device companies look to Shelby Elastics for technical and innovative support in developing new products," says Craig Wood, who has been the President of Shelby since 1999.

"Our ventilated and stretch loop products are examples of innovations that are widely used in medical products." Mr. Wood will stay with Shelby and will take on the wider responsibility as VP of Sales & Marketing for the entire BeoCare group of companies.

BeoCare, which employs 103 people in Hudson, NC, is the leading domestic OEM contract manufacturer of knitted textile products for use in maternity care and incontinence care. BeoCare is certified ISO 9001 & ISO 13485 and counts some of the largest medical distributors in the US amongst its clients.

"Through our extensive and continuing investment in research and development, we have developed a range of innovative new products with applications in fast growing therapeutical areas such as orthopedic care, surgical care and wound care," says Peter Vanderbruggen, CEO of BeoCare Group.