Injection molder Mulay Plastics plans to spend $7 million to build a new plant to make television housings in Ju rez, Mexico, its second facility on the Mexican side of the U.S. border.
The privately held, Addison, Ill.-based molder, which claims to be the largest maker of TV housings in North America, will open the 105,000-square-foot facility in about six months, said President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas Mulay.
The company is building the plant to manufacture housings from 13-27 inches for Philips NV of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, transferring work now done five hours away at Mulay's Casa Grande, Ariz., plant to Mexico, he said. The Casa Grande plant will not need to scale back, because of other business the firm has, Mulay said.
The company plans to start with eight or nine 1,000-ton presses in Ju rez, with an eventual expansion to 15 machines, company officials said. The plant will have complete finishing and assembly and employ about 300, officials said.
Mulay wants to be closer to Philips' Ju rez plant, and is finding it increasingly difficult to ship its assemblies by truck across the Mexican border because the roads and border crossings are not built to handle the heavy traffic, Mulay said.
``There are just too many manufacturers trying to push too many products across the border,'' he said.
Company officials disclosed the facility at an international trade meeting hosted May 7 by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., in Washington. The firm opened a plant in Tijuana, Mexico, in 1996, and has molding facilities in Holly Springs, Miss.; Casa Grande; and a 100,000-square-foot plant connected to a Sanyo facility in Forrest City, Ark.
Mulay would not disclose sales figures but the company claims it has 60 percent of the custom market for U.S. TV housings and does work for almost all of the major consumer electronics manufacturers such as JVC, Sharp, Toshiba, Samsung, Mitsubishi, Casio and Goldstar.
The molder also works in telecommunications and information technology.