About Cadence, Inc.

Cadence is a rhythmic pattern of events. For us, it is the “cadence” of making what matters better.

Cadence is all about improving product performance. We help develop new products that others cannot, build processes that others will not, and deliver outcomes that simply make the world work better. Together with our customers, employees, and shareholders, we provide advanced products using science and sound engineering to make an impact that matters. Cadence employs nearly 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the Dominican Republic.

At the end of the day, we make what matters better. We do this by doing the right things right.

In addition to expertise in medical, automotive, defense, and industrial markets, Cadence also provides:

  • Precision products for the life science market under the Cadence Science®, MICRO-MATE®, and PERFEKTUM® brands
  • High-performance Specialty Blades under the Endurium®, Optima®, Diamaze®, and Olfa® brands


Our History

The business now known as Cadence, Inc. began in 1985 as Specialty Blades to address the needs of companies who required high performance, razor sharp custom-made cutting blades. Cadence is headquartered in Staunton, Virginia.

Cadence is ranked among the top companies providing contract manufacturing solutions. The Cadence reputation as the market expert for improving product performance comes from a commitment to using innovative fabrication technologies. Our proprietary “sharps” processing technologies enable Cadence to supply the most critical components and complex sub-assemblies for medical devices, scientific, and industrial applications.

From humble beginnings...

Specialty Blades developed a proprietary CNC sharpening process that featured precisely controlled, multiple step grinding and honing sequences similar to that used on razor blades, but optimized for maximum product flexibility. As one of the leading surgical manufacturers, the proven success in developing high performance cutting solutions spilled over into the sophisticated medical device market with the continued penetration of MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery) techniques. The increasing need for smaller cutting components with razor sharp edges on unique materials created significant growth opportunities for Specialty Blades during the late '90s.

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IncisionTech - A Cadence Company

Recognizing the pressing need to serve the growing medical device market in new and unique ways, Specialty Blades created IncisionTech in 2005 with a new mission - to enable better patient outcomes through innovative incision technologies. As the Center Of Excellence for all incisional components, IncisionTech's core competence was providing expert solutions for surgical cutting, piercing, and delivery system applications.


The Popper Acquisition

In January 2008, Specialty Blades, Inc. and its medical device division IncisionTech completed the acquisition of Popper and Sons, Inc.. The acquisition of Popper, a leading specialty needle and metal tubing manufacturing company, made the combined company one of the leading contract surgical manufacturers of cutting and piercing devices for the medical device industry.  It also paved the way for the creation of the Cadence Science division that was focused on lab and analytical science applications, such as fluid delivery.

"This acquisition supports our strategy of focusing the value we bring to medical device companies on improving devices through functional expertise. While we now have one of the broadest arrays of manufacturing capabilities, our unique value proposition lies in our ability to work with OEMs to enhance the performance of their instrumentation, leading to better outcomes for patients" said President and CEO Peter Harris. "From laser cutting and welding to CNC sharpening to EDM to tubing fabrication to electrochemistry, we believe we are the only tier one device manufacturer with such focused functional device expertise, differentiating us from other contract manufacturing generalists." 

To Cadence...

In January of 2011, the three divisions of Cadence (Cadence Science, Incision Tech and Specialty Blades) were combined to create a truly unique partner for the healthcare and life science markets.

The Plainfield Acquisition

In August of 2014, Cadence acquired three operating business units of Plainfield Precision Holdings. The operating units were Plainfield Precision – Sturgeon Bay, WI; Plainfield Precision – Plymouth, MA; and Plainfield Precision – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Plainfield Precision Holdings is a highly specialized solutions provider of assembled products that integrate stamped metal and molded plastic components. This acquisition firmly positioned Cadence within the top global providers of technologies and services used in medical, automotive, defense, and industrial products.

Today, Cadence is a leading supplier of advanced products, technologies and services to medical, automotive, defense, and industrial companies worldwide.

Headquartered in Staunton, Virginia, Cadence now employs 500 people worldwide with other facilities in Cranston, RI, Pittsburgh, PA, Sturgeon Bay, WI, Plymouth, MA, and the Dominican Republic.