ELBRIDGE — Tessy Plastics Corp. has plans for a $20 million expansion project at one of its manufacturing facilities in Elbridge.
The firm expects to add 50 new jobs as part of the project.
Tessy secured a contract for work producing medical-product containers, prompting the need for the expansion, the firm announced Jan. 3. The company didn’t name the customer that awarded the contract.
The expansion will be part of the “South Plant” located in Elbridge.
Tessy Plastics will use state grant funding totaling $5 million to help pay for the project. The funding is part of the Central New York grants in the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awards announced in December.
The manufacturing facility, commonly referred to as the South Plant, currently has a total of 190,000 square feet, Tessy said.
“There is 69,000 square feet of warehouse space in the South Plant and we plan to add an additional 100,000 square feet on to it,” Roland Beck, president of Tessy Plastics, said.
Tessy built the South Plant in 2010. The company initially used the facility for molding consumer products such as deodorant.
“In late 2017, we decided to move all of the deodorant business to the North Plant in Baldwinsville … so that we could mold, assemble, pack, and ship all from one location. It was a great decision as it allowed for greater efficiencies and freed up some space for incoming business. With the extra space, we are able to accommodate our new medical customer,” said Beck.
Founded in 1973, Tessy Plastics is a contract manufacturer headquartered in Skaneateles. The company currently employs 1,100 people, Grace Oswald, marketing specialist, tells CNYBJ.
About the contract work
Tessy’s new medical customer offers a one-time use surgical-suction device application that is used to collect and filter specimens such as polyps.
“This project was a perfect fit for us. It is a complex assembly with several molded components. A portion of the components, which were previously molded in a different material, will now be molded with liquid silicone rubber (LSR). LSR is a material that is becoming more prevalent in the medical industry. Through the utilization of existing LSR injection-molding machines, we were able to produce excellent prototype parts for the customer. The prototypes were then approved and we have since kicked off the new LSR mold for production. We will mold and assemble all seven of the components that make up the one-time use filter,” said Beck.
Production is targeted for 2021, he noted.
“[It] will include eight injection-molding machines, two of which will be LSR, and an automated assembly line producing 13 million assemblies per year. We look forward to working on this project and are proud to work with another successful medical company,” said Beck.