Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – An Auburn company that had considered moving out of New York decided to stay put and has doubled in size and added jobs.
Currier Plastics is nearly finished with their expansion and are making more products than ever.
You've probably used their products and didn't even know it. Hotel shampoo bottles and the caps, disinfecting wipes containers and that's only a few things that are produced from the plant.
The expansion has given Currier Plastics the space needed to add more specialized equipment used at the plant and add highly specific automation to support the process.
"Doesn't sound complex when you talk about what it's doing, closing a cap, moving a bottle, but when you realize we're doing 20 million, 100 million a year, handling that kind of volume, that's where the automation pays for itself,” said John Currier, President of Currier Plastics.
Currier says the workers and equipment they run can respond quickly to customers’ requests to make design changes, get tooling done quicker, and ship orders out faster, a must in today's market he says.
The company is one of only about 10 - which are mostly billion dollar operations - that design injection and blow molding and package it all.
Currier Plastic started in Auburn 30 years ago but had to consider a possible move to afford its expansion in order to keep up with growing demand.
Some state grants and tax credits helped them decide to keep Auburn as their home.
"We always wanted to stay here. Our people are here. The business is about our people and going somewhere else you almost have to start over," Currier said.
Many of the products they make come from recycled material.
"We knew the orders we're coming and fortunately they have been coming, but if we hadn't done it, we probably would have had to turn work away,” said Currier.
Instead Currier Plastics added work and workers to the Auburn operation.
The company has already added 10 new jobs and has plans to add another 40 over the next few years.