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Cook Medical Procurement gives Supplier of the Year Award to SSG


Surface Solutions Group (SSG) is proud to announce that we have been awarded Cook Medical’s (Cook) prestigious Supplier of the Year for Direct Excellence in Innovation. This recognition highlights our longstanding partnership and mutual commitment to advancing the medical device industry through continuous innovation.

Juan Cortes, Cook Medical Direct Category Procurement, announced SSG’s selection at their 2024 Global Supplier Meeting, stating that “SSG has been a valued partner to Cook for over 20 years. They have shown flexibility with the delivery of raw materials to support our day to day operations and support our R&D activities. If we request feedback or documents from them, they’re always ready to support it. Their responses are timely.”

Kevin Hess, SSG’s president, echoed this sentiment, underscoring the strength and success of our collaborative spirit and shared vision that have contributed to our long-standing partnership. “It is a great honor to all of us at SSG to have been selected by Cook Medical as the Direct Excellence in Innovation Supplier of the Year. To us, this award is a testament to our shared commitment to innovation and excellence in the medical device manufacturing field.”

“Each member of our team has contributed to this achievement. Together we have pushed the boundaries of technology, setting new industry standards, all made possible through our partnership with Cook. As we stand here today, this award represents more than a milestone. It is a beacon of our future aspirations. Together with Cook, we will continue to innovate, grow and lead,” Hess added.


At SSG, we are known for our expertise in the formulation and application of PTFE coatings and advanced surface technologies, such as our sustainable GlideMed® sustainable, compliant coatings. Our 13 proven medical device coatings give customers the widest range of coating technologies through a single provider.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality coatings and services for medical devices, ensuring reliability, repeatability and performance. With 60 years of coating experience, we are a leader in the medical device industry, continuously setting new benchmarks for excellence.

Our commitment to innovation is evident in our state-of-the-art facility and our team of experts who are passionate about pushing the limits of coating technology. By partnering with leading medical device manufacturers like Cook, we play a crucial role in advancing medical device technology and improving patient outcomes. Because Every Medical Device We Coat Touches Lives®.

This award not only celebrates our achievements but also sets the stage for future advancements and continued collaboration between us and Cook. Together, we are poised to lead the way in medical device innovation.

Contact us to discuss how SSG can be your preferred medical device coating partner for your new project and beyond.


[Image (L-R): Ravi Cornelious, SSG Plant Manager; Kevin Hess, SSG President; Octavia Banner-Betts, Cook Global Category Manager – Metals & Coatings; Juan Cortes, Cook Global Director of Procurement – Direct & Contract Manufacturing]