Tessy Plastics Corp. is investing $9 million to build a 90,000-square-foot plant in Elbridge, N.Y., to injection mold consumer products starting with a big new job, molding and assembly of underarm-deodorant packaging.
Tessy recently was awarded the deodorant packaging work, said President and CEO Roland Beck. He said Tessy will mold the parts on 12 injection molding machines, and then do the assembly on automated production lines. He declined to identify the deodorant brand.
Expected to be completed this July, the building Tessy's third in Elbridge will be dedicated to consumer-product molding, Beck said. The $9 million price tag includes the cost of construction and of outfitting the plastics factory with material-handling systems, utilities and other mechanical features.
Tessy pegged the price of machinery for the new plant at $2 million. Beck said Tessy already has the initial 12 injection presses, now housed in the warehouse area of the company's advanced manufacturing plant in Elbridge. The machines are doing some production of the deodorant packaging. They will be moved to the new factory, along with several other machines.
To start with, we'll put probably 20 of them in there, Beck said. The plant will mold other consumer products, beyond the deodorant job, he added.
Tessy, which currently employs 600 in Elbridge, plans to add about 50 jobs at the new factory. The state of New York will award the plastics firm a $1.3 million grant for the project.
Beck said that, since 2002, Tessy has invested $40 million in buildings and equipment, and added 200 jobs in Elbridge.
Tessy recently has made news for increasing its medical molding, including a $4 million, 40,000-square-foot expansion to its advanced manufacturing plant, completed early last year. That facility now will be dedicated to medical molding, after the consumer products plant is completed, Beck said.
I want to move that [consumer products work] out, to make room for the medical molding that I want to grow, Beck said.
Beck said Tessy runs mainly Niigata and Sumitomo presses.
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