Tessy Plastics Corp. plans to invest several million dollars in a new custom injection molding plant to keep up with sales growth.
The Elbridge, N.Y.-based firm will build a facility next to its current Elbridge molding plant and equip it with about 10 new presses and some presses moved from the existing facility, Tessy President Henry Beck said in a telephone interview.
Beck said Tessy's new Elbridge operation will do mainly automated, high-volume molding for various industries. Most of its presses will have clamping forces of 100-250 tons, though the firm has not chosen a press supplier. Beck estimated the new plant will occupy 35,000 square feet.
Tessy's molding sales grew about a third in 1997 to about $40 million. Last summer the company opened its second plant, in Lynchburg, Va. Beck said the 40,000-square-foot Lynchburg operation focuses on telecommunications components. It runs seven presses and does a considerable amount of assembly. Cellular phone maker Ericsson Inc. has been a major customer. Tessy will seek ISO 9002 and QS 9000 certifications for Lynchburg this year; its Elbridge plant already is certified in both areas.
Privately held Tessy also counts medical, consumer packaging, automotive and electrical among its main markets. The firm's recent sales growth has been broad-based, Beck said.
It operates 57 presses, mostly medium-tonnage machines, and processes polyolefins and several thermoplastic engineering resins. Secondary services include design, decorating, toolmaking and clean room and insert molding.
Tessy has been in business 25 years.