PLATTSBURGH - Hanet Plastics Ltd., a Canadian-based plastics manufacturing firm, has marked the grand opening of its first U.S. facility.
The plant - which officially began production of plastic food-protection products at its Imperial Industrial Park facility in May - was greeted amid much fanfare from the local business community July 2.
Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce president Garry F. Douglas welcomed the company and its executive leaders - president and owner Jimmy Kaczkowski and strategic planner Michael S. Biskup - commending the opening of a facility that demonstrates "the latest example of quality growth and job creation in the region."
"This is part of a continuing example of an extraordinary economic development team here in Plattsburgh that works together toward the result, not toward each individual's supposed role and task," said Douglas.
The process to attract Hanet Plastics to the North Country began more than one year ago, said Douglas, when Kaczkowski first contacted the chamber of commerce. Kaczkowski was invited to meet with chamber representatives and local officials to learn more about the area and what it has to offer.
The relationship established with Hanet Plastics and agencies such as Empire State Development, the North Country Regional Workforce Investment Board, Crossborder Development Corporation and other agencies, ultimately led to providing a favorable market in which to launch the company's first venture across the border, said Kaczkowski.
"It has been a positive experience for us and continues to be," Kaczkowski said. "I hope everything works out beyond my expectations."
Biskup added both he and Kaczkowski are impressed with the chamber of commerce's activity in the North Country and from the interagency cooperation to assist businesses new to the area. The partnerships Hanet Plastics has formed are "a vital thing for strangers in town," he said.
"We are pleased to be part of the community and we're looking forward to a long relationship in Plattsburgh," said Biskup.