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Tessy Plastics expanding cleanrooms in Skaneateles, Elbridge

By Eric Reinhardt


Tessy Plastics Corp. is expanding the cleanrooms in its corporate headquarters in Skaneateles and in the East plant at its Elbridge site. New orders in the firm’s medical business prompted the cleanroom expansions, the firm said. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN)

Tessy Plastics Corp. has expanded the cleanrooms in two of its manufacturing facilities, including the headquarters in Skaneateles and another plant in Elbridge.

Tessy is expanding the cleanrooms because it was awarded new business, specifically for medical products, the firm said in a Tuesday news release.

Skaneateles site

Tessy purchased the corporate headquarters office in Skaneateles in 2015 with a “proactive” line of thinking.

“The building has a total of 21,000 square feet of ISO class 8 cleanroom space and we initially planned to use it to produce surgical-device components for minimally invasive surgery,” Joe Raffa, VP and general manager of Tessy Plastics, said.

Tessy has added about 15,000 square feet to the cleanroom in Skaneateles by rearranging the layout of the building.

“It has been the plan all along to utilize the entire area. We recently have been awarded new production lines that will utilize about 10 percent of the newly constructed cleanroom space. After the room is completed, it will be used to produce surgical components for medical devices and for additional programs in the future,” said Raffa.

After the renovation is complete, Tessy’s corporate headquarters building in Skaneateles will have total cleanroom space of about 36,000 square feet, the company said.

Elbridge site

Tessy is also expanding the cleanroom space in the East plant at its Elbridge site to service incoming business. The company notes that half its business is focused on the medical sector and the other half is targeted at consumers, the company said.

The East plant is one of three manufacturing plants at the Elbridge site. The firm refers to the others as the West and South plants. The majority of Tessy’s medical business currently resides in the West plant at the Elbridge site.

“We are shifting a portion of our current medical customers that are in the West plant to the new cleanroom in the East plant right next door for new programs and future business opportunities,” said Raffa.

The total cleanroom space in the East plant after renovations will be about 15,000 square feet, the firm said.

Tessy is “growing rapidly and expects to take on more programs in the near future.” By the end of 2019, Tessy will have three plants that will focus on its work in the medical sector.

“We are excited to see the buildings evolve as we take on new customers and new projects,” Roland Beck, president of Tessy Plastics, said in the release. “We look forward to what the future brings. With renovating the two plants, we will have nearly 135,000 square feet of cleanroom space company wide.”

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