Each month, we profile a Connecticut manufacturer, showcasing the ingenuity and innovation driving the state's economy. For April, we talked with Bing Carbone, president and CEO of Modern Plastics, headquartered in Shelton.
When was your company founded?
How many employees work for your company?
What products does your company manufacture?
We are a 77-year old plastics distribution and custom fabrication/machining company. We sell high-performance engineering grade and medical grade (implant in the body) plastics.
Who are your customers?
North America, globally.
Why did you choose manufacturing?
Our customers kept pushing us to be more than just a raw materials supplier, wanting more and more of a finished product or near net shape.
What makes your company unique?
Extreme levels of quality from ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016, AS 9100 (Q3 of 2022) and FDA registration–a unique material mixture with elite high-end, extreme quality and close tolerance fabricated parts.
Why did you choose Connecticut?
Our company was founded in 1945 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Never had a compelling reason to relocate.
What is the greatest advantage to operating in Connecticut?
Climate-wise we do not experience weather extremes such as fires, earthquakes, flooding, bitter cold, or excessive prolonged heat and other natural occurrences.
Also, we have great proximity to our manufacturing supplier base in the Northeast and easily serve Europe and other international customers from the Northeast USA.
Lastly, there's a nice work-life balance in Connecticut with proximity to Boston, New York, and all places in between.
Where do you see your company in five years? Ten years?
We are and have been experiencing enormous growth year upon year and are actively engaged in creating a business that exceeds $100 million in sales.
What’s the main thing policymakers could implement to make your company more competitive?
Having a high cost of living, very high tax structure, not so friendly business climate regulations in place, and the lack of enough trained workers is always challenging.