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Bedford Technology to celebrate 20 years next Saturday

WORTHINGTON — It’s been 20 years since Bedford Technology began transforming recyclables into plastic lumber.

In celebration of the milestone, the Worthington manufacturer will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at its manufacturing facility at 1180 27th St. (off U.S. 59) to show off what its process looks like.

“We’re going to take them from the start to the finish, and what that means is starting with something everyone is familiar with — a milk jug — and finishing with a finished plastic lumber board,” said Jeff Breitzman, Bedford Technology President and CEO.

The company was formed when engineers at Bedford Industries decided to make use of plastic scraps accumulated through the manufacturing process, rather than throw them away. Since then, the independent company has grown to house nearly 100 employees in Worthington.

Bedford Technology creates lumber out of high-density polyethylene that goes into a variety of products, including furniture, playground equipment and building materials. It recently announced a new plastic fencing system — SmarterFence — that’s made using its signature Hard Tool molding process.

With two years under his belt as CEO, Breitzman is focused on connecting with the Worthington community. It’s why the company recently announced it would place half a dozen plastic lumber play structures in Worthington’s Puppy Park; they’ll be shown off at the open house and installed within the next 30 days.

“We’re opening up because we want to become more community-centric,” Breitzman said. “We think we have the best story in town. We want people to come in and understand what we do, how we do it and how it will help them in the long term.”

Also during the Oct. 6 celebration, Bedford Technology will host a variety of events for its employees.