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Gelman Instrument Co. Hosting An Open House

Area scientists, engineers, physicians, medical and instrumentation technologists and others in related fields are invited to an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Gelman Instrument Co., 600 S. Wagner Rd.

The “Gelman Scientific Open House”, commemorates 15 years of “science service and growth in the Ann Arbor community,” according to Monty Vincent, the firm’s vice president for marketing.

Started in a Chelsea basement by Charles Gelman, its founder and president, the science-based firm has grown from a tiny operation with two employees to a world wide multi-million-dollar business with 230 employees.

In addition to its 85,000 square foot plant on Wagner Road, the firm has plants in England and Italy which produce bio-medical products. It also has a partially-owned manufacturing subsidiary in Australia, a sales subsidiary in France, and representatives in other major nations.

It is the world’s largest manufacturer of electrophoresis equipment used to analyze blood and detect antibodies, and supplies international markets with a broad line of membrane filters for cleaning air, detecting pollution and biological filtering, and other bio-medical products.

Vincent, who made two trips to the Soviet Union last year in connection with sales of Gelman products, says the open house is to acquaint area people in biomedical and related fields with what the firm is doing, its products and research programs.