Empire State Development Announces PM Plastics Expansion in Erie County

January 13, 2023

Plastic Products Manufacturer Will More Than Double Its Workforce

Empire State Development (ESD) announced today that PM Plastics will undergo a $3 million expansion at its Orchard Park facility. The company was recently acquired by local investors with over 20 years’ experience in the plastics industry. This new ownership plan to grow PM Plastics from traditional plastic contract manufacturing to one of precision, allowing them to pursue technically complex components and device assemblies. The plastics manufacturer will expand and upgrade its current operation; retaining 17 jobs and creating 26 new jobs in order to grow the company’s overall sales.

“Companies like PM Plastics are the backbone of Western New York’s manufacturing economy,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight. “Their expansion is a testament to the high-quality workforce at the PM Plastics plant, and throughout the region, whose advanced manufacturing skills are necessary to get the job done.” 

PM Plastics, located at One Bank Street, is well known for making the discs used in the yard game Kan Jam, but it also manufactures plastic components and devices for hunting and fishing equipment and straps, and connectors and devices that secure equipment in EMS vehicles and fire trucks.

The manufacturer will expand its capabilities by making facility improvements and purchasing new automation equipment. Machinery and equipment investment will include new injection molding equipment and multi axis robot capability, as well as automated assembly equipment required by technical applications. The urethane flooring, lighting, drywall and upgraded HVAC system will also be upgraded. The estimated completion date is early 2024.

ESD is incentivizing PM Plastics to continue to grow in Erie County by providing up $300,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits in exchange for job creation commitments.

Benjamin Harp, PM Plastics President said, “The incentive package put forward by ESD is critical to our success.  It supports PM Plastics making essential investments in our customers by assisting us in retaining and attracting industry best talent, enhancing the work environment in which they work, and providing them with industry leading tools and equipment. We are very appreciative of the support provided by New York State and Erie County for our expansion project.”

Senator Patrick Gallivan said, ““I congratulate PM Plastics on its decision to expand operations in the Town of Orchard Park.  The retention of existing jobs and the creation of new positions will provide opportunities for residents who want to live and raise a family in our region. The company’s investment and the state’s support of this project also sends a positive message to other businesses and entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of the region’s skilled workforce and high-tech manufacturing environment.”   

State Assemblyman Patrick Burke "I live close to this facility, and I can attest to the hard-working employees there. Whether in the morning, afternoon, or night, I see people laboring to produce quality products and make that company a success. I have no doubt that they will prosper under this expansion!"

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said, “The growth of PM Plastics is good news and shows once again the vitality of Erie County’s workforce and the favorable business climate we have here. New jobs are coming, existing jobs are being retained and new products are on the horizon, all good signs for our economy.”

About Empire State Development 

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.

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