U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has named Wepco Plastics Inc. of Middlefield this weekâ€™s â€śMurphyâ€™s Monday Manufacturer.â€ť
A second-generation, family-owned and operated business, Wepco Plastics was founded in 1985 in the basement of Wally Parmeleeâ€™s house.
Today, the company makes custom aluminum and steel precision molds as well as plastic injection molded parts in a 10,000-square-foot facility.
â€śThe Wepco team is passionate about their Connecticut roots and about building American-made molds for their customers,â€ť said Murphy. â€śTheyâ€™re partnering up with Goodwin College and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology to grow our local manufacturing workforce, and theyâ€™re expanding their business in the process. Iâ€™m glad they call Connecticut home.â€ť
With the help of 25 employees - including Wallyâ€™s son, daughter, brother and nephew - the company serves customers in the aerospace, marine, medical, automotive and consumer goods industries.
Wepco Plastics has hired three new apprentices in the last year, and was recognized as a â€ś2017 Young Adult Employer Champion - Pathways to Apprenticeshipâ€ť by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
It recently increased revenues by 10 percent, and invested over $250,000 in equipment and technology.
â€śConnecticut is where I was raised. It is where I am raising my family and where I hope my kids will live one day and raise their own families. There is a long, wonderful history of manufacturing in this state and it is incumbent on all of us in the industry to carry that on,â€ť Wepco President David Parmelee said.