In 1993, the siblings began talks with the family who owned Brockton Plastics to purchase the company, after their mutual accountant suggested the move. By 1996, the deal was done.
Staying in this hardscrabble city has worked out for their company, the Hopkins siblings said, because of its good employee base and its proximity to major highways.
“We’ve seen businesses go in and out, certainly, but I think the administration, the [City Council are] always trying to attract business,” Melissa said.
Mary Waldron, executive director of Brockton 21 Century Corporation, a private nonprofit serving as the city’s economic development agency, said it’s “very cool” that the NFL football’s laces are made locally.
“There are so many things that are here in the city that blow you away, like Montilio’s bakery, they bake for presidents, governors,” she said. “If we take our time and do an inventory, it’s amazing there are companies that have been here hundreds of years. Just surviving in this community and being in business for so many years is a success.”
Mayor Linda M. Balzotti said she is glad Creative Extrusion is among the companies that continue to call Brockton home.
“I think it’s great that the City of Champions is being represented in the Super Bowl,” said Balzotti, who admitted still feeling the sting of the New England Patriots’ elimination from the playoffs.
“But frankly, I’ll be waiting for Beyonce at halftime; that’ll be my thing this year.”
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