New Plant Located in Silao Strengthens Presence throughout Latin America
OCONOMOWOC, Wis.— ORBIS Corporation has opened its newest manufacturing facility, in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico. A Grand Opening took place today, attended by the local government, ORBIS partners and employees, as well as local media. Silao is 390 km/250 miles northwest of Mexico City.
ORBIS is North America’s leader in reusable packaging and is a subsidiary of family-owned Menasha Corporation, which was founded in 1849.
The 265,000 sq. foot 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 ORBIShield™ dunnage 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 Corporation in Mexico,” said Bill Ash, president, ORBIS Corporation. “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.”
ORBIS has approximately 40 sales, service and manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Asia and 1,900 employees worldwide. In addition to this plant in Silao, ORBIS operates four service centers throughout Mexico.