SAN DIEGO-Close-tolerance injection molder Plasticorp Inc. in Harbor City, Calif., is finding a tight market in its effort to lease warehouse space in Tijuana or Tecate to stock parts for Mexican customers. Plasticorp seeks about 25,000 square feet.
Business in Mexico has grown over two years to account now for about one-third of Plasticorp sales.
``Existing customers have moved to Tijuana, Tecate or Mexicali and taken us with them,'' said Jeffrey Racoosin, regional sales manager, in an interview at the Mexport trade show, held Oct. 27 in San Diego.
``NAFTA has opened horizons and allows us to ship to Mexico. We can warehouse parts and ship them just-in-time, saving customers our freight cost.'' The North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented in January 1994.
From 1990 until May 1995, Plasticorp operated a plant that it leased in Tecate, where it hopes to re-establish a facility.
``We had a hard time finding toolmakers and engineering professionals'' in Mexico, Racoosin said, ``We can meet the prices of Tijuana molders and customer quality needs from our Harbor City location.'' Plasticorp has full-time sales representatives in Tijuana and Guadelajara, Mexico.
Plasticorp supplies parts to the automotive, electronic and consumer markets.