Pro Pel Plastech to expand

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A 30-year plastics and recycling company based on the west side of the Deerfield Industrial Park is expanding to the east.

Pro Pel Plastech, owned by Joseph Nickerson III, Marcia Nickerson and Joseph Nickerson IV of Whately, purchased the 20,000-square-foot warehouse space at 4 Industrial Drive East from Bryson Realty Corp. of Holyoke for $1.2 million.

The property has been used as storage and warehouse by several renters, including Berkshire Brewing Co. and the former Oxford Foods.

The purchase is part of Pro Pel Plastech’s plan to expand. Along with the expansion, Joseph Nickerson said the company would hire six to eight more employees.

Since 1984, Pro Pel Plastech has been based at 378 Long Plain Road in a 32,000-square-foot space. The company would operate from the two locations. The roughly 75-acre industrial park is split into an east and west side, both of which are accessed by Route 116.

The company is already moving into the new location. Once it gets new recycling equipment, it will bring on the new employees, Nickerson said.

The sale of the property is the first positive change in the Deerfield Industrial Park for some time after several companies have moved in and out of the park.

Most recently, LaSalle Bank National Association bought the former 270,000-square-foot Disston Tools facility at 5 Industrial Drive West for $3.8 million after the tool company moved to Chicopee and the facility was foreclosed on.

The Deerfield Economic Development Industrial Corp., a municipal nonprofit, is in charge of the park. Chairman John Ciesla did not want to comment yet on the sale of the property.

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