Brownsville, TX -- An automotive supplier is currently setting up in a facility at the Brownsville airport industrial zone where it will generate 35 light manufacturing jobs and add to the region’s growing automotive supplier ecosystem.
MVP Plastics, Inc., of Middlefield, Ohio, is installing a row of 80 to 750 ton presses at a 30,000-square-foot facility. The custom injection molder will be manufacturing components for automotive interiors.
“The MVP team is excited about locating its manufacturing operation in Brownsville and becoming part of the community and its supplier ecosystem,” said Darrell McNair, President & CEO of MVP Plastics, a certified minority automotive custom injection molder.
“As we evaluated cities across the State of Texas, we truly appreciated the support and assistance of the community and the economic development group, which ultimately was the deciding factor,” he added.
Proximity to its customer base in Mexico, opportunity for prospective clients and a local pro-business climate helped the automotive supplier decide on the Brownsville Borderplex over other locations.
“MVP Plastics will contribute to the Brownsville’s growing manufacturing supplier base and to our well established industrial cluster of automotive interiors,” said Jason Hilts, President & CEO of the Brownsville Economic Development Council.
“The Brownsville Borderplex will benefit greatly from the economic impact of MVP Plastics, as it will tap into our region’s skilled and motivated workforce as well as add to our supply-chain and logistics,” Hilts said.
About five years ago, McNair set a growth plan with a focus on customer diversification and geographic expansion to meet such demands, which he’s attained with the expansion into Brownsville.
In addition to the automotive sector, the private company also serves the consumer, major appliance and energy sectors. MVP was founded in 2000 and has since grown its manufacturing capacity for injection and structural foam, two-shot, over, insert, and gas assist molding. Other value-add processes include hot stamping, chrome plating, and painting and assembly.
MVP Plastics will be manufacturing air conditioning outlets, door handles, cup holders and ash trays for its clients in Mexico. The plant is on Elca Lane, adjacent to the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport.
Just recently, the Brownsville area has received a string of accolades including No. 1 Fastest Growing MSA for Potential Student Population, No. 22 Best Cities to Start a Business, No. 9 in Job Growth for Business and Careers, No. 17 on Most Recession-Recovered Cities and No. 26 Cities on the Rise in Texas, according to media including WalletHub, NerdWallet and Forbes.
Source: Brownsville Economic Development Council