Western Summit Manufacturing Corp. has invested more than $2 million in real estate, building improvements and equipment at a new consolidated site in City of Industry, Calif.
In early 1996, the film converter acquired a 55,000-square-foot facility where Scott Paper Co. once made foam cups.
``We refurbished, built new additions and are going to consolidate both our Los Angeles and North Hollywood plants,'' Donald Clark, Western Summit president and chief executive officer, said in a telephone interview.
The firm has started the move and should complete a ramp-up of operations by mid-1998.
The privately owned producer of flexible packaging plans to sell the Los Angeles property and sublease the North Hollywood plant. About 100 employees are expected to follow the business to the new site.
Western Summit operates in Tecate, Mexico, through a subsidiary. International Del Monte SA de CV employs 40 and is targeted for expansion. Low production costs and a good work force give the plant an advantage on commodity products, Clark said.
Including all sites, the business operates nine printing presses, but plans to sell off obsolete machinery from the North Hollywood site and operate seven units in the near term, Clark said.
The company envisions ``medium growth'' without outside financing, Clark said.
``We run a tight ship,'' he said.