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Remcon’s industrial plastic containers are sold nationwide

Remcon makes this section of a fl oating barricade to help prevent terrorist attacks. One of the company's newest products, it will be one of 800 pieces, spanning a half-mile across water, at an overseas location. - (Photo / Jenifer Hetrick)

Large containers and other kinds of durable, long-lasting plastic products made at Remcon Plastics Inc. began making a mark in the industry when Peter J. Connors founded the company in 1982, and since then its reputation has only grown.

Large containers and other kinds of durable, long-lasting plastic products made at Remcon Plastics Inc. began making a mark in the industry when Peter J. Connors founded the company in 1982, and since then its reputation has only grown.

So have the number of employees and the amount of space used for their labors.

Connors opened the business in Conshohocken in suburban Philadelphia with a rented 23,000 square-foot building. In 1990, he opened operations on Chestnut Street in Reading, a 75,000 square-foot building that remains home.

By the mid-1990s, Connors had about 40 employees. Since 2005, he’s averaged 80 employees on a regular basis.

In 2013, he brought in Karen Kramer to run a new manager program to ensure employees feel supported as they work on personal and career goals at and outside of work.

And today, Remcon Plastics products – made with the rotational molding process – are shipped throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico, as well as Canada.

“They’re doing things right …” Jack R. Foulke of a Lancaster County meat manufacturer said about Remcon. “They back up what they say.”

Ninety-nine percent of the plastic used in the plant is polyethylene, which Connors said is easy to recycle at the end of its life span.

He estimated that most of what’s made by his employees will last at least 10 to 15 years – a long time when considering industrial wear.

“Rotational molding is a plastics process where you use hollow molds, rotate them very slowly [8 revolutions per minute] in an oven, put plastic powder inside, and, as the mold gets hot, the powder starts to stick, so you actually coat the inside of a mold,” Connors said.

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