Puget Plastics Corp. of Tualatin, Ore., is adding space and equipment and broadening its customer base in Guadalajara, Mexico. "We have new business in Mexico," Richard Quinlan, business development manager, said in a telephone interview.
Puget is gaining injection molding and assembly work from one of the largest original equipment manufacturers in the computer industry.
By mid-May, the firm expects to begin operations in about 44,000 square feet adjacent to an existing, 37,000-square-foot facility where Puget has operated since July 1998. Work on leasehold and infrastructure improvements began in January.
Puget anticipates adding at least 17 robot-equipped molding machines in Guadalajara. About six will be relocated from Oregon, leaving that facility with about 35 presses. Now, the Guadalajara site has 33 robot-equipped presses with clamping forces of 60-720 tons. Most are Toshibas or Mitsubishis.
At least 21 percent of the Guadalajara work involves assembly and other nonmolding activities. The site employs 300 and may exceed 360 by midyear. In addition, Puget has signed an option to lease another 32,000 square feet in Guadalajara in the future.
Puget reported 1999 sales of $45 million, up from $42 million in the previous year. Puget became a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. of Barrow, Alaska, in 1995.
Puget has a strong relationship supplying work to contract manufacturing giant Solectron Corp. of Milpitas, Calif., including a facility in part of a Solectron plant in Newark, Calif., since April 1997. Puget is pursuing other customers, proprietary processes and possibly a new plant.