When Bay Plastics Machinery Inc. celebrates its 25th anniversary today in Bay City, Mich., it will be a bittersweet party, also serving as a memorial for founder Tony Forgash, who died in June 2021.
The company launched when Conair decided to move its pelletizing equipment business out of Bay City and to Pennsylvania.
"In 1997, Dad decided that instead of uprooting his family and moving to Pennsylvania, he would leave and start his own company, and work to keep most if not all of the Bay City-area employees," said Jim Forgash, vice president of sales at Bay Plastics.
Tony Forgash already had a legacy in plastics machinery. His father, Anthony Forgash Sr., made pelletizers for Dow Chemical Co. in nearby Midland, Mich.
The company is now run by brothers Jason, Jeff and Jim Forgash, as well as Dick Fetter and A.G. Fath.
Tony Forgash is survived by four sons and his wife of 61 years, Ruth.
"He preached integrity to us our entire life," Jim Forgash said, "and was always concerned that he and everyone at his company did things the right way. He wanted people to understand he was a straight shooter, and that's how he did everything in business, and in life."