DIFFERENCE MAKER: Jamestown Plastics continues growth

OBSERVER Photo by J.M. Lesinski The Jamestown Plastics company, located at 98 Highland Avenue in Brocton.

BROCTON — Originating in 1958 in Jamestown, the Baker family purchased Jamestown Plastics in 1972, where Jim Baker oversaw and ingrained himself within the company until his retirement in 1996.

In November of 2018, the company celebrated its 60th anniversary, standing strong through revolutionary technological advancements and a constantly shifting marketplace landscape.

The current plant on Highland Avenue in Brocton makes thermal injection molding and packaging. Companies that use their products include GM, Tesla, and Toyota along with many others.

The success of Jamestown Plastics has led them to expand to Brownsville, Texas, and survive a number of harsh years in the manufacturing sector.

CEO Jay Baker focuses on running the company in a family-oriented manner and looks to the future with many programs designed to bring in the next generation of skilled workforce members.

The Chautauqua Lake Central School District’s Manufacturer’s Club, steered by Baker and adviser Randy Stewart, has a membership of roughly 70 student participants who get a firsthand look at the manufacturing industry.

Many current employees of Jamestown Plastics describe the company as a family-oriented environment, and a well-rounded workplace.

Jamestown Plastics boasts a wide variety of products, including pharmaceutical packing materials, parts for emergency room crash carts, automobile parts and accessories, as well as gift display packaging just to name a few.

With their core philosophy of “fulfilling our customer’s needs through diversification, innovation and invention,” Jamestown Plastics continues to serve all of Chautauqua County, and keep all of their values and family traditions where it all started.


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