SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 19, 5:45 p.m. EDT) — In a close race among three finalists, Tessy Plastics Corp. has been named Plastics News' 2000 Processor of the Year.
The custom injection molder becomes the fifth winner of the annual award, honoring a company that has demonstrated industry excellence in the previous 12 months.
The Elbridge, N.Y.-based processor, known for the quality of its precision products, has worked closely for years with industry leaders such as Xerox Corp., medical supplier Welch Allyn Inc. and cellular phone maker Ericsson Inc.
The family-owned company recently opened new plants in China and Ireland, bringing total employment to more than 1,000 workers. Sales have climbed sharply in recent years.
President Henry Beck, a German immigrant, started Tessy with a partner in 1972.
Other award finalists were the trim division of Troy, Mich.-based Textron Automotive Co. Inc. and Trend Technologies Inc., based in San Jose, Calif. The finalists were chosen by the PN editorial staff from more than 20 submissions.
Royal Group Technologies Ltd. won the award last year. Previous winners include Courtesy Corp., Nypro Inc. and Bryan Custom Plastics, now part of automotive supplier Plastech Engineered Products Inc.
The winner was announced Oct. 17 at Plastics News' Executive Forum in San Antonio. A profile of Tessy will appear in the Oct. 30 issue.