WALLINGFORD — Local manufacturing firm Connecticut Plastics is expanding into a 50,000-square-foot building in Northrop Industrial Park.
The company is moving from its current 20,000-square-foot building at 1264 Old Colony Road to a much larger facility at 6 Northrop Industrial Park Road West, just off North Farms Road. The company recently signed a lease for the building, property owner John Orsini said.
The company plans to add jobs as part of the move, said Joshua Ruiz, Connecticut Plastics production manager.
“We’re growing at a pretty steady rate, adding more machines, adding more people,” Ruiz said. “We've been hiring at a pretty steady rate for the last six months.”
Connecticut Plastics, founded in Wallingford in 1980, was later acquired by NN Inc., an international manufacturer of high precision metal and plastic components with locations in North America, South America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Asia.
The Wallingford plant makes plastic components primarily for the life sciences industry, including laboratory equipment. Ruiz said the plant is “always looking to hire” machinists to work with the plant’s computer controlled machinery.
Tim Ryan, the town’s economic development specialist, said the expansion is a good sign for the local economy.
“We’re obviously thrilled that they’ve chosen to stay in Wallingford and grow in Wallingford,” Ryan said. “That’s a significant expansion from 20,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet.”
Connecticut Plastics will be moving into an existing building next to the site of a future 80,000-square-foot Best Buy distribution center being constructed at 8 Northrop Industrial Park Road West.
“This gets 2018 off to a great start,” Ryan said.