Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly Announces the Partnership of his Company, MyFanClip, with Harborcreek, PA-Based Port Erie Plastics
Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly is proud to announce
the partnership of his company, MyFanClip, with Harborcreek, PA based
manufacturer Port Erie Plastics. MyFanClip
produces licensed and custom multi-purpose clips for use as money clips, chip clips,
and paper clips; other uses include coffee bags, school papers, business cards,
and legal documents.
“I’m happy to
announce this partnership with Port Erie Plastics,” said Kelly. “MyFanClip is a
quality product, proudly made in the USA. The fact that local schools and
sports organizations can use it to raise money is something that makes me truly
happy. With a portion of the proceeds supporting my son’s charity, MyFanClip is
a win for everyone involved.”
After years of
using rubber bands and binder clips as money clips, Kelly was determined to
launch a company that would make these clips with team logos. Following an
exhaustive search for a manufacturing partner, and even an initial small production
run by a Chinese company, Kelly was referred to Port Erie Plastics. Kelly’s
vision has now become a reality.
A family owned company
founded in 1953, Port Erie Plastics is a full service custom injection molder
that has its own tool room and distribution warehousing operation. That allows the company to handle projects
like MyFanClip that required building a new mold, decorating molded parts, sourcing
metal components, assembly and product fulfillment. With ample experience in several methods of
plastics decorating – including pad printing, heat transfer and in-mold
decorating --Port Erie made a significant investment in digital printing
equipment for this project.
licensed NFL, NASCAR, and NCAA products are currently available on Amazon.com,
Fanatics.com, The Outdoor Shopper, and at many other retail locations,
including Tops and Wegmans. More licensed categories are coming soon, including
Major League Baseball, NHL, and Duck Commander.
Just as important
as licensed product, however, is that the partnership with Port Erie Plastics
allows MyFanClip the production agility necessary to produce relatively small
orders for local high schools, colleges, clubs and organizations. These
products are highly unique and can be used as giveaways or sold as fundraisers.
According to Kelly,
MyFanClip’s partnership with Port Erie Plastics is a keystone relationship for
the future of his new company, allowing for great growth opportunity moving
into 2014 and beyond. Port Erie president John Johnson agrees.
“We are excited
about partnering with Jim Kelly,” Johnson said.
“As a lifelong Bills fan and longtime season ticket holder this project
has been extremely fun, but it also shows what innovative American companies
can do to win back business from Asia.
Just as Jim Kelly personified the competitive spirit on the football
field, Port Erie competes every day with Third World manufacturers and we are
winning more than we are losing. This is
the kind of product that a few years ago would have been produced in China.”
celebrated its 60th anniversary in September and is owned by the
Witkowski family. William C. Witkowski
is the majority owner and CEO. The
company has developed strong relationships in the plastics industry and
supported the industry’s growth and innovation through its support of Penn
State’s Plastics Engineering Technology program on the Behrend campus. Port
Erie has 90 injection molding machines, eight extrusion lines, two blow molders
and two low-pressure structural foam machines. Port Erie employs 350 people.
the regional feel of MyFanClip, Port Erie Plastics engaged Rochester, NY based
CJK Thermoforming Solutions to manufacture the clamshell packaging for
MyFanClip’s signature 2-packs.
A portion of the
proceeds from sales of MyFanClip goes to benefit Hunter’s Hope
Foundation. Hunter’s Hope was established in 1997 by Jim Kelly and his
wife Jill, after their infant son, Hunter (2/14/97—8/5/05) was diagnosed with
Krabbe Leukodystrophy. The Foundation is the Kellys’ lifelong commitment to
increase public awarenesss of Krabbe disease and other leukodystrophies, as
well as to increase the likelihood of early detection and treatment. Their
highest priority is that every newborn in every state be tested for every
possible disease, saving the lives of thousands of children through Universal
Newborn Screening. The Foundation also strives to find research efforts that
will identify new treatments, therapies, and a cure for Krabbe disease and
business, just like with football, you have to surround yourself with the right
players,” Kelly said. “With Port Erie Plastics, we’ve found the right team to
really make MyFanClip a huge success. I’m really looking forward to 2014 and
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