General Clinical Plastics Corp. received electricity rate incentives, state employment training funds and worker compensation relief in order to continue its operations in La Mirada, Calif., near Los Angeles.
The firm declined an $8 million cash incentive to relocate to Amarillo, Texas. Instead, General Clinical Plastics committed to an expansion that will add 22 employees. It may seek bigger quarters, possibly as large as 110,000 square feet.
General Clinical, a producer of medical packaging and sterilization products, was ``ready to leave the state of California,'' Vice President John Mesler said in a telephone interview.
The firm operates 27 injection molding presses and occupies 50,000 square feet on a lease expiring in 2003. The La Mirada site began operations in 1983.
In early April, Mesler pinned down the electric rate incentives after negotiating for two years with the Rosemead, Calif.-based Southern California Edison unit of Edison International Inc.
The utility is allowing General Clinical to receive five years of discounted electricity in exchange for maintaining a specified level of electrical consumption for seven years, according to Barry Sedlik, SCE manager of economic and business development.
The state Employment Development Department is considering a job training grant for General Clinical.
Mesler said phases include instruction in English and operation of injection molding and computer equipment. Of the company's 103 employees, 60 are Spanish-speaking.
Chicago-based parent company Spinner Medical Group employs about 500 and operates more than 45 presses, including the California operation and a temporary molding operation in St. Louis.