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Packaging factory coming to NM

SANTA FE – A manufacturer of plastic packaging used for medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic plans to build its next factory in southern New Mexico.

Prent Corp. will invest $12.5 million into the project and create 85 new jobs, according to a release from the Borderplex Alliance.

​”Southern New Mexico is brimming with opportunity,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “The growth potential here is limitless. These good-paying jobs are proof positive that New Mexico is known around the country as business-friendly and a great place to invest right now.”

Construction of the plant in Santa Teresa, Doña Ana County, is still pending approval. It could be up and running by the fall of 2021, according to the Borderplex Alliance.

“Prent Corporation’s opening will add a substantial number of good-paying jobs to Doña Ana County,” County Commission Chair Lynn Ellins said. “Santa Teresa is an excellent location for contributing to Prent’s success. This is especially good news to receive in the midst of a pandemic.”

Mark Rothlisberger, senior vice president of manufacturing for Prent, said the company has been looking at expanding to the Borderplex region for about three years, noting that it brings it closer to some of the manufacturing companies Prent works with.

“The closer we are to their location, the better it is for them,” Rothlisberger said.

Rothlisberger added that the 85 new jobs will include operators, inspectors, on-site engineers and local managers. The company is hoping to fill those positions in the next five years.

The company received $500,000 in state funding through the Local Economic Development Act, according to the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Additional economic assistance from Doña Ana County may be approved in the coming weeks.

Designed to build sterile barrier packages for medical devices, the plant would be equipped with stringently regulated clean rooms.

The Janesville, Wisconsin-based company has partnered with medical companies during the pandemic to ship personal protective equipment such as face shields, according to Boston Scientific Corp.

The Borderplex Alliance promotes cross-border business interests in the tri-state, binational border region encompassing Las Cruces, El Paso,Texas, and Chihuahua, Mexico.

Journal staff writer Stephen Hamway contributed to this report.