Maco Bag Corp., a Victor, N.Y., bag fabricator, plans to open a plant in Guadalajara, Mexico, next month.
With about 20 employees, the company will begin production in its 15,000-square-foot, leased facility next month.
``It's very close geographically to Eastman Kodak's plant,'' said James McRae, vice president. ``Most people, when they think about opening a plant in Mexico, think about cheaper labor. For us, it was a matter of logistics.
``We do a lot of business with Kodak. They would fax a rush order to us and 10 days to two weeks later it would get to them. The products would have to go through customs and there were increased airfreight charges.''
The facility will operate six die-cutting and assembly lines for flexible packaging, laminations, pouches, film bags and specialty items. It also will warehouse products made in the United States.
Maco buys roll stock from companies like Printpack Inc. of Atlanta and Uniplast Films Inc. in Orillia, Ontario. These include materials such as metalized film, linear low and high density polyethylene, and nylon/LLDPE and polyester/LLDPE blends.
The firm is investing $500,000-$600,000 in what will be called the Miller Packaging division. It is expected to have annual sales of $2 million.
The company's MC Pac division in Victor makes contract packaging.
Point-of-purchase displays and promotional or custom packaging are made there.
Privately held Maco has been in business for 50 years. It employs about 160 at the three facilities.
Maco serves the electronic, photographic and food industries.
The firm anticipates sales of $17 million this year.