ELBRIDGE, NY — Contract manufacturer Tessy Plastics announced plans to add 100,000 square feet of warehouse space to its 190,000 square foot manufacturing plant here for additional storage of medical products.

Tessy is investing $20 million in the new expansion project. In addition to the new space, the firm will also create 50 new jobs at the plant.

Built in 2010, the “South Plant” in Elbridge first specialized in the molding of consumer products like deodorant. The firm relocated its deodorant business to its “North Plant” in Baldwinville, New York in late 2017, creating space for other products at the Elbridge site.

“It was a great decision as it allowed for greater efficiencies and freed up some space for incoming business. With the extra space, we were able to accommodate our new medical customer,” says Tessy President Roland Beck.

The new medical products customer produces a one-time surgical suction device application for collecting and filtering specimens like 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,” states Beck.

“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.”

Production is targeted for 2021 and will include eight injection molding machines, two of which will be LSR, and an automated assembly production line producing 13 million assemblies per year, according to Beck.

“We look forward to working on this project and are proud to work with another successful medical company,” says Beck.