Polymer Conversions, Inc.
Bio/Med Companies See Opportunity in New York State
“We’ve got an excellent trained, highly-educated talent pool to draw from and add to our business.”
Chief Operating Officer
Headquarters: Orchard Park, NY
Description: Polymer Conversions (PCI) specializes in precision, thermoplastic injection molding, engineering, tooling, value-added services and clean room operations. OEM’s prefer to partner with PCI for their world-class reputation, fully validated product and process monitoring system and ability to “do it right the first time.” PCI maintains its facility and equipment in “like-new” condition and have dedicated 35 years to providing a safe, high quality, ultra-clean and friendly working environment.
NYS Employees: 75
Bioscience and medical technology (Bio/Med) companies are taking advantage of numerous opportunities in New York State, where support for the industry has led to recent growth.
Buffalo-based Polymer Conversions, a full-service contract manufacturer specializing in clean room manufacturing for the healthcare industry, recently expanded its clean room manufacturing capabilities by adding an additional 22,000 square feet to their headquarters in Orchard Park. They excel with products such as enteral feeding pumps, disposable syringe components, hearing protection devices, drug delivery systems and ear, nose and throat devices. They also recently established Silikon Technologies LLC, a new sister company created to support customers’ needs for silicone injection molding in the healthcare, aerospace and electronics industries.
Chief Operating Officer Ben Harp said New York’s low-cost hydropower, natural resources and a highly qualified workforce are what fuel Polymer Conversion’s success.
“As a manufacturer who uses a large amount of electricity, the incentive that hydropower brings to our business allows us to compete in the global marketplace,” Harp said. “We’ve got an excellent trained, highly-educated talent pool to draw from and add to our business.”
“The university systems here in New York are making a concerted effort to try and involve their students with high-tech businesses such as ours,” Harp said. “There’s been a positive step in the state, especially with our universities, to reach out to businesses in order to get their students further developed. This also allows local companies access to university resources.”Challenges exist as well, Harp said. In his case, many of the company’s clients are located out of state. Landing larger companies, as well as attracting and retaining medical technology start-ups, would help grow the local client base, he said.
“It would be nice if the state would support smaller companies to help grow and keep their businesses here in New York, as well as attract other companies that are looking to grow and expand their business,” Harp said.
Programs like START-UP NY offering a 100 percent tax exemption for 10 years promise to help with just that. In addition to growing their client base, a larger number of Bio/Med businesses could also help attract more talent to the region, and benefit existing companies as well.
All Bio/Med manufacturers could benefit from a culture shift, where skilled trades hold a higher value in high school classrooms.
“We need the government to help support the school systems and to work with the private sector in a way that helps market the value of skilled trades,” Harp said, citing machinists, mold makers, electricians and plant maintenance among the needed expertise. “If they build a robust pipeline of skilled trades, those will be the employees that will attract new companies to our state and retain existing companies already here. But, it will also attract the companies that are making things in other countries.”