Orbis Corp., Oconomowoc, WI, recently opened a new manufacturing facility in Silao, Mexico, located approximately 250 miles northwest of Mexico City.
The 265,000-square-foot plant employs approximately 140 people and enables Orbis to be more responsive to its growing customer base in Latin America. it is the first Orbis facility to offer injection and structural foam molding, as well as dunnage fabrication, under one roof. The company will manufacture plastic containers, pallets, BulkPak containers and ORBIShield dunnage products at the location.
Orbis partnered with Instituto Estatal de Capacitación (IECA), a technical training school in Silao, to create a hands-on training program that provided new plant employees with general manufacturing and technical knowledge.
“I am very pleased to make this investment in the future of Orbis Corporation in Mexico,” says Bill Ash, president, Orbis. “The new facility features best-in-class design for efficient product flow, productivity and environmental sustainability. With our dedicated team of employees, Orbis is well-positioned to serve our customers with local manufacturing and design expertise, resources and capabilities, while improving our service reach. This strong local presence will help us best serve our leading customers in the automotive, food and beverage sectors throughout Latin America.”