Friday December 28, 2012

DAWSON RASPUZZI

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- An East Arlington manufacturer has purchased vacant property in the Morse Industrial Park that will allow it to expand operations.

K&E Plastics Inc. Vice President Eric Broderson said if all goes according to plan, the business will move out of its current 12,500-square-foot location in May and into the 32,000-square-foot Bennington facility that was formerly the Miller Structures Building.

"We've outgrown our building that we're in," Broderson said.

Broderson said the manufacturer that works with nonmetallic materials has been looking to expand in this region, in order to retain its 24 full-time employees without putting a great commuting burden on them. The company had considered adding on to its East Arlington location where it has been since 1999 or building new construction elsewhere but determined those options were not cost effective.

Plastics machining

"It was not conducive to building where we are here -- based on the land layout and usable space it wasn't functionally cost effective -- so we decided instead of adding on to where we are to relocate," he said.

K&E has specialized in plastics machining for nearly 50 years, serving both individuals and some of the largest companies in the world. K&E creates custom plastic parts for aerospace, automotive, communication, elevator, medical, military, power-generation, sporting goods, and the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) markets.


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A lot of renovations such as mold removal, electrical work, creating new offices, carpeting and other upgrades must be done before K&E will be able to move into the Morse Industrial Park facility. Once relocated the larger facility will provide the foundation for K&E to expand existing relationships and develop new clients in the core markets the company serves.

Bennington County Industrial Corp. Executive Director Peter Odierna said the relocation reaffirms BCIC's strategy of retaining and expanding local businesses.

Michael Harrington, Bennington economic and community development director, said the addition of K&E to Bennington's list of manufacturers is a positive sign for the town.

"The decision by K&E Plastics to move its manufacturing operation to Bennington is a byproduct of the hard work done by BCIC. I'm encouraged by this recent news and believe that this addition to our industrial portfolio will help continue our mission to position Bennington as the economic center for the region," he said.

K&E is a family-owned company founded by Broderson's father in New Jersey in 1966. The company moved to East Dorset in the mid-1980s and about 15 years later moved south to East Arlington.

Contact Dawson Raspuzzi at draspuzzi@benningtonbanner.com or follow on Twitter @DawsonRaspuzzi