Lawrence T. Kirwan, Sr.
In November of 1979, New England Surgical Instruments was founded by Lawrence T. Kirwan Sr., and his wife, Jean. Lawrence had spent the previous 29 years working in a major medical device company as an instrument maker and, later, as head of the manufacturing and R&D departments. Initially, the company was run from the basement of Mr. & Mrs. Kirwan's home, but it soon outgrew that modest space.
In 1980, New England Surgical Instruments moved to an old shoe factory in Rockland, Massachusetts. It was there, in 1989, that New England Surgical Instruments became Kirwan Surgical Products, Inc. The new name helped the company distinguish itself, emphasized that Kirwan is a family owned and operated business, and signalled a new focus on developing proprietary technology. Kirwan's new non-stick lines of bipolar forceps and pencils were very successful, setting the tone for the future development of advanced product lines.
In 1996, Kirwan once again outgrew it's facilities and moved into a custom designed manufacturing facility in the seaside town of Marshfield, Massachusetts. Lawrence T. Kirwan Sr. passed away before he could see his magnificent facility completed, but his vision for the advancement of surgical technology is being continued by his wife, Jean and his sons, Lawrence, Jr. and Scott. New product lines such as the AURA Non-Stick Bipolar Forceps and Liberty Disposable Bipolar Forceps have firmly established Kirwan as a leader in bipolar instrumentation, and continue to help the company grow.
In 2009 Kirwan further upgraded it's facilities by completing construction on a rooftop solar array that provides power used in the manufacturing of it's surgical products. The 790 solar panels will generate close to half the power consumed by Kirwan Surgical Products.
The second phase of Kirwan Surgical's solar project is complete adding 949 solar (photovoltaic) panels to the existing 790 panels for a total of 1,739 solar panels. This project also added 226kW to the existing 135kW generating more than 90% of our power needs.
In addition to the roof mount system, this project added a ground mount system and a custom solar carport system immensely increasing the overall energy production of this project. The solar carport system utilizes existing parking areas to generate power while providing covered parking and shade for vehicles. Kirwan Surgical Products LLC is one of the few companies in the Northeast to make the switch to the use of solar energy to power its office and manufacturing facility.
Kirwan Surgical Products' Mission
Kirwan Surgical Products LLC is dedicated to creating and developing superior products for demanding microsurgical specialties such as neurosurgery, ophthalmology, ear, nose and throat, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and orthopaedic surgery. Our mission is to provide innovative high quality products at competitive prices. We continue to be an innovator in the field of electrosurgery, and hold a number of patents on groundbreaking product designs and manufacturing techniques associated with the field.