Tessy Plastics Corp is expanding its main facility for the third time since 2003, spending $2.2 million to add 42,262 square feet of space.
``Our business has grown considerably - especially medical molding - and that has pushed everything out,'' said Roland Beck, president and chief executive officer, in a Sept. 14 telephone interview.
When work is complete, by the end of the year, the entire building will encompass about 181,000 square feet. The company also has another 116,000-square-foot facility in Elbridge, where it has been headquartered since 2000.
The company has doubled its clean room area to 12,000 square feet in the last few months. It also has converted warehouse space into an assembly area.
Beck said the $2.2 million is just part of $6 million investment for Tessy this year to add space and equipment. He said the company has added 20 injection molding machines and currently runs 150, ranging from 50-500 tons of clamping force.
He said sales have grown about 20 percent over the last year, continuing a trend over the past five years. Tessy listed injection molding sales of $115 million for 2005, in the Plastics News' most recent ranking of North American injection molders.
Tessy produces a variety of items, ranging from disposables in the medical industry to deodorant packaging, light-switch faceplates, copier parts and consumer products.
The company is working with state, county and local agencies to gain financial assistance and tax credits for the expansion.
The company also operates a 50,000-square-foot facility in Lynchburg, Va., and a solely owned 65,000-square-foot facility in Shanghai, China.