Momentum Magazine December 2019 Edition | Page 4

Hometown Pride JED Pool Tools and Northeastern Plastics celebrate American craftsmanship When you buy American- made products, you’re not only helping grow the country’s economy, you’re also helping manufacturers located in your own back yard. “We have several proprietary products that were designed and manufactured right here in Scranton!” owned business, it also does private labeling for some of the world’s largest hardware chains, such as ACE Hardware and True Value. A custom injection molding company in operation since 1982, Northeastern Plastics manufactures plastic parts for various industries and works with a variety of Scranton-based businesses. According to a 2015 report by Consumer Reports, 80 percent of American shoppers prefer to buy American-made products. For Scranton- based JED Pool Tools — Chris DiNuzzo and its sister company, Operations Manager Northeastern Plastics, a large part of their business philosophy relies on providing manufacturing jobs “With Northeastern Plastics, we strive to to help strengthen the local workforce. be the go-to custom injection molder for Their products are made locally, which all businesses within a three-hour drive of means that a piece of our region is sent our region,” DiNuzzo said. “We are proud worldwide. to be able to help companies large and “We have several proprietary products that were designed and manufactured right here in Scranton,” said operations manager Chris DiNuzzo. “In fact, many of our pool accessories are proudly made here in the USA, entirely in Scranton.” Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, JED Pools Tools is the East Coast’s largest pool tools distribution company. A family- 4 • The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce “We try to provide second chances to those in our region who may have made mistakes in their past with a judgement- free opportunity to not only have a job, but to work their way toward a career,” he said. “All of this is only possible if we continue to make our products right here.” DiNuzzo also feels that being a part of the Chamber community will continue to help both businesses grow. “We joined the Chamber because we saw it as an opportunity to tap into resources that we might not have otherwise,” he said. “We recognized the vast array of industries represented by the Chamber and the wealth of networking opportunities it provides. We love to be involved in the local business community and the Chamber has allowed us another avenue to reach that goal.” small see their ideas through from paper to fi nished, sellable goods.” According to DiNuzzo, the fact that both JED Pool Tools and Northeastern Plastics focus on promoting the “Made in the USA” moniker means that they are able to give back to their home region in a special way. For more information, visit