Sources at Printpack Inc., one of the largest packaging film makers in North America, flatly denied published reports last week that a site had been chosen in Mexico for a large new film plant. A spokesman for the Atlanta-based packaging film giant, who requested anonymity, said that no final decision had been made on the location, size, or configuration of any Mexican location.
``We are very interested in locating a plant to supply our customers in Mexico,'' the Printpack source said. ``But we have not made any final decisions, and therefore cannot comment on anything.''
The Mexico City Business Journal, a fledgling English-language weekly based in Mexico City, quoted a Mexican developer, however, as confirming the project and giving specifics.
According to the report, Geraldo Garcia, chief executive officer of Grupo Ken, an industrial development company that sup-posedly would build the Print-pack plant, said the Atlanta firm would make a final decision last week, and that construction should begin by mid-March.
Garcia also was quoted as saying the plant eventually would employ about 450, making it one of the largest in the region.
The published report said Printpack will build a 215,300-square-foot plant in Quertaro, an emerging industrial city 160 miles northwest of Mexico City. It also said the plant would make plastic film to supply Printpack's Mexican customers, which include Sabrita SA de CV, Mexico's largest snack food maker, and a subsidiary of Pepsico Foods International Inc. of New York.
Stuart Ross, manager of public affairs for Pepsico, said he was unable to confirm or deny any of the report.
Printpack, based in Atlanta, ranked sixth on Plastics News' 1994 list of North American film and sheet manufacturers with $420 million in total sales for 1994.