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Equipment from Local Plastics Plant to Be Sold

Employee says company is not closing

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
September 08, 2020
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

This is one of the injection-molding machines from Magic Creations Inc. that’s being sold, according to a Connecticut-based auctioneer. (Photo courtesy The Branford Group)

A Connecticut-based auctioneer is selling off plastic-molding equipment from a Christy Park company that manufactures ice-cube trays, food storage bins, laundry baskets, trash cans and other items.

More than 250 molds and eight plastic injection-molding machines used by Magic Creations Inc. are being sold to the highest bidder beginning this week by The Branford Group, according to Ali Wade, marketing director for the auctioneer.

Magic Creations is located in the former G.C. Murphy Co. and Ames Department Stores distribution center between 28th and 31st avenues.

Although the equipment is being auctioned, the company is not going out of business, said an employee at the office who would not give his name or any other information to a reporter.

According to published reports, Magic Creations distributes merchandise to dollar and discount stores and made items in Christy Park such as clothes hangers, plastic laundry baskets, ice cube trays and other items.

Pennsylvania corporation records indicate the company is privately held and controlled by Michael J. Rubino, Jr. The corporation was chartered in Delaware in 1994.

The company does not have a website or social media pages. A reporter sent an email requesting more information to an account connected to Magic Creations. It was not immediately returned.

Attempts to reach the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to determine if anyone had been laid off also were not successful.

Above: A sample of the plastic molds used by Magic Creations. (Photo courtesy The Branford Group)

Molds for ice cube trays, dish racks, funnels, pet food bowls, measuring cups, cutting boards and flower planters are among the items for sale in the auction, Wade said.

Online bids are being accepted beginning this Thursday, she said, and the auction begins closing Sept. 16.

The auction also includes machinery such as drill presses, floor sweepers, conveyors and shrink-wrapping equipment, according to a catalog posted on Branford’s website.

Items for sale may be inspected at the factory by appointment only beginning Wednesday, Wade said. To arrange an appointment, email service@thebranfordgroup.com.

Freelance writer Jason Mignanelli contributed to this story.

Originally published September 08, 2020.

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