The tour of Toner Plastics was kicked off by remarks from regional leaders Senator Eric Lesser and Representative Brian Ashe about the economic importance of manufacturing in western Massachusetts from Senator Lesser and Toner Plastics.
Regional startup Quikcord shared how through FORGE, they were connected with Toner Plastics, who helped with iteration on early designs of their military cord dispensing product. The tour of the manufacturing facility, based in East Longmeadow, was one in a series of FORGE-led events designed to raise awareness and increase effective collaboration between innovators and local manufacturers.
“We were able to show several members of the startup community as well as our local political representation what Toner Plastics can do for the startup community, how we support startups,” said Jack Warren, president of Toner Plastics. Attendees included startups, suppliers, and related, regional support and economic development organizations.