After making Houston its temporary headquarters since the 2005 hurricanes, film and bag company Advance Polybag Inc. is relocating its permanent home to Sugar Land, Texas, from Metairie, La.
``We've been contemplating it for a while,'' said Victor Platta, Advance's vice president of sales and marketing, in a Jan. 4 telephone interview.
``We moved from Metairie to Sugar Land in April. Now we've bought a 15-acre tract of land and we're going to put a plant there.''
Advance is in a temporary, leased office space right now.
The company has purchased a new office building roughly two miles away, and officials will move into those offices within a couple of months.
``We have the land and right now it's a matter of having the architect draw it up to our specs,'' Platta said. The plant is scheduled to open this year.
Advance reopened its plant in Kenner, La., about three weeks after the hurricanes and that plant remains operational. But imposing insurance rates and infrastructure problems influenced the firm to relocate, Platta said.
``Why the Houston area? Because we're very close to our resin suppliers here,'' he said. ``We're within shouting distance. The networking is much more convenient. Texas has been very aggressive in encouraging companies to move in.''
Advance employed about 20 at the headquarters in Louisiana, and now has about 28 workers in Texas. Within two months, the firm also will have a production plant running in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
In addition to Kenner, La., the company operates U.S. plants in Elkridge, Md.; North Las Vegas, Nev.; and Oklahoma City.