SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Integrated electronics manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd. plans to close a Houston final-assembly site by the end of February and transfer the work to one of three New Braunfels, Texas, manufacturing sites. The work involves plastic and metal housings for computers and electronic devices.
"We decided to combine resources," said Lyndon Frame, a facilities manager with the Flextronics Enclosure Systems business unit, which employs 1,200 in New Braunfels. "We are moving all our plastics [processing] to another building and had space available."
The Houston location had employed 100, occupied 60,000 square feet of space and supported customer Compaq Computer Corp. Flextronics expects to transfer or add 70 people in New Braunfels to fulfill the assembly requirements. Dell Computer Corp. is another major customer.
A New Braunfels office of another unit, Flextronics Plastics, manages the firm's other Western Hemisphere plastics processing in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and domestic molding and assembly of products other than enclosures. The plastics unit has an engineering group in New Braunfels.
Flextronics had sales of US$4.31 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31. The firm is incorporated in Singapore and has a regional headquarters in San Jose.