Flambeau Corp. has entered Mexico's custom blow molding market directly by forming a new company in Saltillo, Mexico.
Pl sticos Flambeau S de RL de CV will supply automotive, lawn and garden, electronics and other industries in Mexico. Flambeau announced Saltillo will start with five blow molding machines ranging from twin 3-pound-shot-size machines to twin 10-pound units.
Flambeau spokeswoman Robin Dosier said her firm will invest $5.2 million to start the facility. The cost includes building a 50,000-square-foot facility on 7 acres by late spring. The operation is expandable to 150,000 square feet and Flambeau eventually will add injection molding and assembly there. Initial employment will be about 50.
Flambeau of Baraboo, Wis., has supplied Mexican housewares and toy markets through joint ventures with undisclosed partners in that country.
``Many of our current customers are already doing business in Mexico and have encouraged us to join them,'' Bill Flint, Flambeau president and chief operating officer, said in a news release.
Flint also will be president of the Mexican operation.
Bruce Taylor, vice president and general manager of Flambeau Plastics Division, will hold that position with Pl sticos Flambeau. Dave Schneider, manufacturing engineering manager for Flambeau Plastics, was named operations manager for the new firm. Miguel Marquez and Francisco Narro will be production manager and technical manager, respectively.