Manchester Plastics

By dhowell - Posted on 03 January 2008

One of Manchester's newest industries is Manchester Plastics, Inc. This company is situated on 15.5 acres of land inside the village limits (just behind the Ford garage). The portion of land which is not used for buildings, is now planted to field corn, which gives one the feeling of being in the country. Pheasants and rabbits contribute to the country atmosphere.

The old railroad freight depot was used by the company for its headquarters, during the spring of 1964, while the factory was being built. Manchester Plastics is, at present, planning its second addition to the building, after constructing a 45 ft. by 90 ft. addition in the spring of 1966.

Max E. Kenyon heads the company, which is the realization of a dream of his. W. J. Gamin is the treasurer. Mr. Kenyon has had twenty-years experience in engineering in the plastics molding field, while Mr. Gamin has had 15 years in the plastics fabricating field.

At the time production of parts was started, the plant possessed four injection molding machines. In the last year, they have purchased a 20 oz. machine and a 60 oz. machine. Parts as small as one-half gram in weight, to one the size of a chair seat can now be molded.

Of Manchester Plastics' employees, numbering approximately 25, the greatest percentage are from the Manchester area.

Being able to purchase such an attractive piece of land within the village; its distance from larger cities; good labor situation, and good freight transportation facilities were given as reasons for locating the plant in Manchester.

Manchester Plastics is one of the few industries left today that is not a subsidiary of a larger corporation. This makes for a closer employer-employee relationship. They are small enough to have that "big family" atmosphere. An indication of this is that everyone's birthday is observed with a cake and gift; and on frequent Fridays (just about 11:30 a.m.) the president, himself, can be seen grilling hamburgers or steaks (as the case may be) on the loading dock—these to be shared by the employees.

Products produced are, for the most part, automotive and industrial.