Reusable packaging provider Orbis Corp. has opened its newest manufacturing facility, in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, which is 390 km/250 miles northwest of Mexico City.
The 265,000-sq-ft plant employs approximately 140 people and enables Orbis to be more responsive with a growing customer base in Latin America. The new plant is also the first Orbis facility to offer injection and structural foam molding, as well as dunnage fabrication, all under one roof.
Orbis will manufacture plastic containers, pallets, BulkPak containers and its ORBIShielddunnage product line offerings at this plant. In addition, Orbis has introduced a brand new line of fabric dunnage which provides a unique protective solution for the most challenging packaging requirements—specifically in the automotive supply chain.
In anticipation of the opening, Orbis partnered with Instituto Estatal de Capacitación (IECA), a technical training school in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico 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 in Mexico," said Bill Ash, president of 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."