Middlefield's Wepco is Murphy's Monday Manufacturer

Published on Monday, 25 September 2017 22:01
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has named Wepco Plastics Inc. of Middlefield this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.”

A second-generation, family-owned and operated business, Wepco Plastics was founded in 1985 in the basement of Wally Parmelee’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.

“The Wepco team is passionate about their Connecticut roots and about building American-made molds for their customers,” said Murphy. “They’re partnering up with Goodwin College and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology to grow our local manufacturing workforce, and they’re expanding their business in the process. I’m glad they call Connecticut home.”

With the help of 25 employees - including Wally’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 “2017 Young Adult Employer Champion - Pathways to Apprenticeship” by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

It recently increased revenues by 10 percent, and invested over $250,000 in equipment and technology.

“Connecticut 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,” Wepco President David Parmelee said.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Manufacturing on Monday, 25 September 2017 22:01. Updated: Monday, 25 September 2017 22:04.