InteSys Technologies Inc. is completing relocation of its Gilbert, Ariz., manufacturing operations to plants in Fort Worth, Texas, and Monterrey, Mexico.
``By the first of September, we will be fully operational in Monterrey,'' Michael Smith, InteSys vice president and general manager, said by telephone. ``We have increased the molding volume in the Fort Worth facility [to 13 injection molding presses] as part of this transition.''
InteSys acquired the Monterrey facility from TriQuest SA de CV in September 2002 and has changed the plant's product mix. The site had made panels for refrigerators and other applications, Smith said.
TriQuest was operating eight of its 32 late-model presses in Monterrey; soon, InteSys will have 51 machines there.
InteSys has shifted most of its cellular telephone production for Nokia Oyj to Monterrey, with the remainder going to Fort Worth. The Gilbert site also did molding for automotive and specialty applications.
In Monterrey, ``we are going to do a lot more value-added [work] than TriQuest because of the cell phone business,'' Smith said. ``We will do in-mold decoration and a lot of assembly.''
InteSys sites in Manaus and Sao Paulo, Brazil, handle other business, including extensive cell phone work for Motorola Inc.
InteSys will retain an Arizona site for its headquarters, sales, engineering, tooling and support functions, but the Textron Inc. unit intends to seek an alternative Textron business or others to occupy most of the 245,000 square feet in Gilbert now under a long-term lease.
Meantime, the company is auctioning 44 injection presses in Gilbert via an online auction.