TESSY PLASTICS OPENING MOLDING FACILITY IN VA.

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Injection molder Tessy Plastics Corp. is opening its second facility, in Lynchburg, Va., to meet the demands of its largest customer, cellular phone maker Ericsson Inc.

``We have other customers as well [in the South], but Ericsson is the largest,'' said Tessy President Henry Beck.

The 40,000-square-foot facility, which is to be completed by the end of June, can be expanded to 90,000 square feet.

The initial investment is $4.5 million, according to the company.

Tessy, which owns and operates 47 microprocessor-controlled molding machines in Elbridge, N.Y., built the facility to support 40 such machines. The plant initially will operate with 10 Nissei and Sandretto presses, with 40-125 tons of clamping force.

The company, which has more than 300 employees, will hire at least 50 workers as a result of the expansion.

Tessy will manufacture frames, housings and windows for the cellular phones out of engineering-grade resins, Beck said in a telephone interview from Tessy's Elbridge headquarters.

The family-owned company posted sales of $36 million last year and expects sales of $40 million this year.

The firm custom molds for the medical disposables, consumer electronics, business machine and automotive markets.

It also is involved in post molding, assemblies and packaging operations.