Bristol plastics manufacturer wants to build expansion


Business is doing well for Ed Mack.

So well, in fact, that he's pushing for a 6,300 square-foot expansion to his business, Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation, located at 65 Tupelo St.

"I need this building," he told members of the Technical Review Committee Tuesday. "At this point, (not having it) is stopping my business from growing."

Tri-Mack Plastics was established in 1973 by Mr. Mack's parents. They later built a plant on Tupelo Street in 1987. It specialized in building aircraft engine friction-wear plastic parts. Since then, the company has been continually expanding. The use of polymer chemistry and tribology (material friction, wear and toughness) has labeled Tri-Mack Plastics as a leader in its industry. Its capabilities include all types of machining, injection molding, and assembly.

"We build tough, plastic parts, largely for the aerospace industry," Mr. Mack said.

The company currently employs about 75 workers, including machine operators, engineers, toolmaking, quality control, business management and sales. Should the Planning Board approve Mr. Mack's preliminary expansion plans next Tuesday, Nov. 12, the project could start in as little as a month. Once ground has broken, the project could take up to four months to complete.

With the expansion, and an increasing demand for his product, Mr. Mack is optimistic about a 15-percent growth, per year, for the company. That would mean about 10 additional job openings each year.

"I'm a bit tenacious about saying that," he said. "It seems that every time we go to expand, some kind of geo-political event takes place."

Tri-Mack Plastics saw growth and sought expansion in the aftermath of 9-11, after the 2008 banking crisis, and now after a government shut down.

"I'm ready," he said. "I need space."


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