Eck Plastic Arts in Binghamton predicts growth under new ownership

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A contract manufacturer specializing in plastics is predicting substantial growth under new ownership.

Eck Plastic Arts on Prospect Avenue held a ribbon cutting and open house last week to thank its employees, customers and suppliers.

President Brett Pennefeather and his family purchased the business 7 months ago.

Eck produces plastic components for other local manufacturers including parts for Raymond forklifts, BAE hybrid buses and climbing equipment by Buckingham Manufacturing.

Pennefeather says the company has already increased its capacity and shortened its turn around time.

"We're also going to start to release a large marketing strategy to be able to go out there and sell that additional capacity.  In doing so, that growth will allow us to hire, support the community and really become a substantial manufacturing business here in Broome County," said Pennefeather.

Eck, which was founded in 1949, has already added two new positions to bring its workforce to 18.

It's also working with Binghamton University to find efficiencies in its manufacturing process.

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