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Tours to highlight NM manufacturing

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The New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership will celebrate the state’s manufacturers on Friday by leading facility tours in Deming, Albuquerque and Farmington.

Manufacturing Day in New Mexico is part of an effort by MEP organizations nationwide to show the American public that many products are still proudly and efficiently “made in the U.S.A.” The event originated last year when 240 U.S. companies participated in Manufacturing Day across the country. More than twice that many – 520 – plan to participate this year.

New Mexico is one of 48 states participating in the initiative, and Gov. Susana Martinez has been asked to proclaim Friday as New Mexico Manufacturing Day. The governor has also been invited to tour facilities.

Local legislators, their field agents, customers, vendors and members of the general public are expected to spend the day visiting several New Mexico businesses that fabricate products used in major domestic industries. High school students interested in manufacturing careers are expected to join the tours.

New Mexico MEP works with such businesses every day, including many businesses on the tours, providing expertise and training in streamlined production and administrative practices. The nonprofit agency’s goal is to help businesses create and retain jobs by becoming more efficient and competitive.

The public is invited to tour Captiva Group, an Albuquerque-based maker of printed material for the folding carton and packaging industries and one of the largest sheet-fed offset litho printing companies in the Southwest. During the tour, company representatives will show how they assemble boxes for their clients, while participants enjoy a complimentary lunch. The tour is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and preregistration is obligatory.

Two other Albuquerque facilities will be open on a limited basis: Desert Paper and Envelope, a maker of high-tech envelopes and specialty paper products, and Marpac, which makes devices that secure medical tubing, such as tracheostomy collars. Space is limited and must be reserved in advance.

In Deming, members of the public are invited to tour three facilities: Compass Components, where workers assemble electrical components used in the transportation, semiconductor, solar-power and medical industries; Solitaire Homes, the state’s first manufactured homebuilder to receive Energy Star certification; and Saint Clair Winery, a local producer of more than 70 different wines under many labels.

In Farmington, special invitees will tour Pesco Inc., which designs and builds production equipment used in the land-based oil and natural-gas industries and also services that equipment in the field.

For more information about Manufacturing Day activities, visit the New Mexico MEP website at newmexicomep.org or call 505-262-0921. To reserve a spot, call 505-314-9131 or email claudias@newmexicoMEP.org.

Finance New Mexico is a public-service initiative assisting individuals and businesses with obtaining skills and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to www.FinanceNewMexico.org.

 

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