Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey, R-Peru, was among those to applaud the decision of Hanet Plastics to bring its first U.S. operation to Plattsburgh, particularly the Imperial Industrial Park, which housed the former Imperial Paper Mill. Duprey credited the people of the community for welcoming the firm with open arms and for being able to provide them with "a tremendous workforce."
"We have people who are ready to work, who are willing to work, who want to work and will show up for work and will do their jobs right," said Duprey. "That just isn't the case everywhere, so we have a lot of reasons to be proud."
Plattsburgh City Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak said the city is working with other developers to make use of additional space at the Imperial Industrial Park, and Hanet Plastics will serve as a catalyst for continued growth.
"This is one of the first steps," said Kasprzak. "It gives other people the confidence to invest in the North Country and the city."
Hanet Plastics was founded in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, by businessman Richard Hanak in 1973. Kaczkowski originally joined the company in 1988 as head of the company's sales and marketing department and assumed his current leadership role following Hanak's retirement in 2003.
The company currently employs 13 workers at its Plattsburgh facility on two eight-hour shifts, with the plant operating Monday through Friday. The company expects to increase its workforce to at least 25 in the near future, said Biskup. That would allow for the creation of a third shift, allowing the plant to operate around the clock during the regular work week.