The decision to expand the cleanrooms in both of these plants is because Tessy was awarded new business, specifically for medical products. Tessy purchased the corporate headquarters office in Skaneateles in 2015 with a proactive approach.
“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,” said Joe Raffa Tessy’s vice president and general manager.
Tessy decided to expand the cleanroom in Skaneateles by rearranging the layout of the building. They were able to add around 15,000 square feet to the cleanroom.
“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, the total cleanroom space in the corporate headquarters building in Skaneateles will be approximately 36,000 square feet.
Tessy has five manufacturing plants in upstate New York and their business is fifty percent medical business and fifty percent consumer business. Tessy’s Elbridge facility has three of those plants located all on the same site. The original Tessy plant in Elbridge is known as the “East plant.” The East plant hosts both medical and consumer business. Tessy’s second plant, located right next door, is known as the “West plant.” The West plant hosts the majority of Tessy’s medical business. Lastly, located right behind the West plant, is what is known as the “South plant.” The South plant accommodates a large portion of Tessy’s consumer business. The decision to expand the cleanroom space in the East plant is to service incoming programs.
Raffa explained, “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.”
The total cleanroom space in the East plant after renovations will be approximately 15,000 square feet.
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 be of use for medical business.
Tessy Plastics President, Roland Beck, proudly stated, “We are excited to see the buildings evolve as we take on new customers and new projects. 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.”