The plastics industry got its start in 1872; but it wasn’t until the 1940’s with the start of World War II that the industry took, as the demand for inexpensive, mass-produced products became mainstream.
Today, the plastics industry is a multi-million dollar business in the United States. VIP has had the opportunity to help shape this industry in Upstate New York with the completion of over 1 million SF of manufacturing space.
Over the last 35 years we have had the opportunity to work with: Clearplass Containers, Inc., now Silgan Plastics, on their 160,000 SF injection molding and custom blow molding manufacturing facility; Currier Plastics, on their 89,521 SF custom injection molding manufacturing facility; Landis Plastics, now Berry Plastics Corporation, with their 243,900 SF injection molding and thermoforming plastics packaging plant for dairy and other food products industries; and Tessy Plastics, with their 428,000 SF multiple building injection molding plastics facility for companies ranging from Fortune 100 personal care products to highly specialized medical device businesses.
We have learned a lot from these projects. The manufacturing of injection molded medical products oftentimes requires the process to be very sterile and dust free, requiring the construction of “Clean Rooms” for the production areas of these products. At the same time, the size of the injection molding machines requires overhead cranes for handling the custom-made molds that are substantial in size and weight. VIP, through its sister company IPD Engineering, has been able to provide process engineering services for the cooling, compressed air, and electrical systems for these state-of-the-art injection molding machines.