In 2011, PEDC successfully recruited Merit Medical Systems, a global medical device company, to build its new 118,000 square foot research and development and manufacturing facility on a 12-acre site just north of Shadow Creek Ranch in the Lower Kirby District.
Headquartered in Utah, Merit serves hospitals worldwide by manufacturing more than 2,000 proprietary, disposable medical devices used in diagnostic and interventional cardiology and radiology procedures. Approximately 300 employees work at the Pearland location.
PEDC was originally notified by the Governor’s economic development office and the Greater Houston Partnership that Merit Medical was looking for a new location. During the recruitment process, PEDC assisted Merit with finding a specific site within our community and an incentive package to compete with the other areas they were considering.
Merit Medical was drawn to Pearland’s growing population, diverse workforce tapped into university systems in Houston, proximity to Greater Houston, exceptional infrastructure, nearby services and establishments, and an area that was safe and respected. Merit also named investments, infrastructure and retail amenities as a reason they chose the Pearland community.
Merit Medical was the second major recruitment project in Lower Kirby and has invested over $14 million dollars into the Pearland community.