1. Universal Plastics in Holyoke carries on Western Massachusetts’ legacy of manufacturing

    Universal Plastics in Holyoke carries on Western Massachusetts’ legacy of manufacturing

    Pia and Jay Kumar wanted to operate a business together. They were ready to leave behind the hustle of New York City and their Wall Street careers. They heard through a family friend about Universal Plastics in Holyoke, a manufacturer specializing in custom thermoforming. “We felt it was the right business in terms of culture, size and what we could afford here,” Pia Kumar, co-owner and chief strategy officer, says. “We moved from New York City and never looked back.”

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    1. We felt it was the right business in terms of culture, size and what we could afford here.
    2. We have so many great schools in the area.
    3. We have to connect with these schools.
    4. The person that goes to STCC is the person we want.
    5. We have expertise in airline seating and have been doing it for a long time. In the last five to six years it ramped up, and we started doing it in much higher volumes than the business had ever done before.
    6. We are in a niche that works for us.
    7. There is a lot of hope for manufacturing.
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