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ELBRIDGE, N.Y., November 15, 2012 — While many manufacturers are shrinking or just plain disappearing, Tessy Plastics Corp. keeps on growing.

The company is about to launch its sixth expansion since 2001 in Elbridge: a 99,000-square-foot warehouse that will not only store the plastic products Tessy makes but free manufacturing space elsewhere at its campus just west of the village. 

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An employee pours plastic parts of underarm deodorant containers into the hopper of a
machine that assembles the containers at Tessy Plastics in Elbridge.
Photo courtesy: The Post-Standard

Tessy has 730 full-time and 100 temporary employees in Elbridge and at a satellite facility in Van Buren. It has 200 employees in Lynchburg, Va., and 300 in Shanghai, China. Company President Roland Beck said the latest expansion will lead to the creation of about 30 jobs over six months.

The company is definitely bucking a trend. The Syracuse are has lost 1,400 manufacturing jobs over the last 12 months. In August, the New Process Gear auto parts plant in DeWitt became the latest to shut down. It once employed 4,000 people.

Tessy has applied to the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency for tax exemptions for the $5.7 million warehouse project.

If approved by the agency, the exemptions would save the company about $616,786 over 10 years. The savings would consist of $400,617 in property tax discounts and $216,169 in sales taxes that would not have to be paid on construction materials.

The expansion comes two years after Tessy completed its fifth expansion in Elbridge: an $11 million, 90,000-square-foot manufacturing building. Two years ago, the company bought a vacant 270,000-square-foot building in Van Buren for use as an assembly and distribution center.

“We’re really fortunate,” Beck said. “We’ve been growing. I’m very happy with the way things have been growing.”

Founded by Beck’s father, Henry, and two partners in 1973, Tessy makes plastic parts for medical and consumer products, business machines, electronics and packaging. Among its larger customers is Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s biggest makers of medical devices.

The warehouse will be built on the last available piece of land on the company’s site off Route 5.

Source: syracuse.com, © 2012 Syracuse Online LLC. All rights reserved

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