ELBRIDGE, N.Y. — Elbridge-based injection molder Tessy Plastics Corp. has added two-color injection molding to its capabilities with the purchase of three 275-ton Ferromatic Milacron presses.
The presses, purchased in November, January and February, are equipped with accumulators for high-speed, thin-wall molding applications.
A Tessy news release reported that the company has invested more than $1.5 million in the equipment.
Currently, two of the presses are at Tessy's 44,000-square-foot Lynchburg, Va., plant; the other is at the 92,000-square-foot Elbridge facility. Rick Malec, operations director for the Lynchburg facility, said the Elbridge press will be moved to Lynchburg after tests are completed.
Tessy said much of the two-color capacity is targeted for the telecommunications industry, where product designs are favoring thin-wall, two-color molding. Malec said telecommunications makes up about 20 percent of Tessy's business.
He added that the company hopes to get into more markets with two-color molding and attract new customers.
``We want to define two-color molding as one of our niches,'' Malec said.
He added that Tessy plans to buy two more presses — one with 275 tons of clamping force, and a smaller one — within eight months. Those two presses also will go to the Lynchburg plant.
Tessy operates 60 presses at the Lynchburg facility and more than 60 in Elbridge, with clamping forces of 40-400 tons.
Malec said the Lynchburg plant has hired about 20 new employees in the past month and plans to hire more to operate the additional machinery. The company currently employs 170 in Lynchburg and about 375 in Elbridge.
Tessy reported total company sales for 1998 of $43 million and, in addition to the telecommunications industry, serves the automotive, electronics, computer, medical, appliance and industrial markets.