Colombia's Grupo Phoenix has chosen a site for its second U.S. packaging plant, just a few months after opening its first.
Arizona news media reported that Chandler, Ariz., is the location for the new plant, a 104,000-square-foot leased facility.
The Arizona Republic newspaper reported June 29 that Phoenix Packaging Operations LLC, the North American subsidiary of Bogotá, Colombia-based Grupo Phoenix, will spend $6 million to outfit the plant for injection molding. The firm picked Chandler over Las Vegas, which it also had considered, the Republic said.
Phoenix will add 100 jobs in Chandler over five years, the newspaper reported.
Company officials were unavailable for comment.
The company launched a $25 million, 100,000-square-foot plant in Dublin, Va., at the end of March. That facility has extruding, thermoforming and printing capabilities, primarily producing coffee and yogurt cups for the North American market. Phoenix plans to have 18 machines running there by year's end.
The company also extrudes monolayer plastic sheet and rollstock in PP and PS, and multilayer coextruded rollstock for medium- and high-barrier applications with either ethylene vinyl alcohol or polyvinylidene chloride barrier polymers. Officials have said they eventually plan to manufacture non-dairy packaging products from polylactic acid resin at the Virginia plant.
Privately owned Grupo Phoenix is a leading maker of injection molded packaging, thermoformed products, foil lidding and extruded barrier packaging. The firm's 2009 sales were more than $350 million.
Grupo Phoenix opened a sales and distribution office in Hollywood, Fla., in 1999, and had been exporting products to the U.S. prior to opening the Dublin plant.