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Manufacturing Company Announces Opening in Reno

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The old Coors facility off west 4th Street is humming again. Ever since the recession, it seems like the economy's been on the fence. But the lights are back on in this abandoned plant…with paychecks to follow. A manufacturing company made public its plans to start operations here. The latest company to open up in Reno comes from over 2,500 miles away, bringing 175 new jobs with it. EDAWN President/CEO Mike Kazmierski told us, "It's an east coast company that found Reno, and with a little help they decided this is the place they want to expand to."

Garlock Printing and Converting comes from Massachusetts. Here, they will print on plastic for things like produce packaging. In the old Coors facility on Woodland Avenue (the beer distributor moved to Sparks) is a state of the art flexographic printer…the latest technology from Germany. Dennis Baaske flew out from the Old Country to set it up in Reno, from its manufacturer Windmoller & Holscher. We watched as he cranked up the massive machinery. Working off a computer screen, he told us, "We have like 6 colors in sight, actually 5. Here we can look at the actual effects..."

Garlock CEO Peter Garlock told us, "The film printing market, that's a multi-billion dollar market. We're a small player, and we have so much potential in it." The Reno facility will be the company's first plant in the state…their first in the western United States. When's opening day here? They tell me sometime next month, as soon as they fill up all of their empty space.

For Governor Sandoval, it's more than 175 new jobs. A company this size will give a boost to other businesses here. As he told us, "It has a ripple effect. The individuals are going to be buying houses. They're going to be providing for their families. They're going to be sending their kids to schools."

With the economy still on the rebuild, the governor came out to make this job announcement personally. He expects to go to many more. As he put it, "It's momentum. This area, this state has really gotten off its feet. We're attracting great businesses from across the country." Kazmierski says those next job announcements will be big ones. He told me, "I would expect in the next 30 days to have 1 or 2 more announcements at least as large as this one."

For Garlock, it may look like a lot of space to fill in in this huge facility, but the company tells me it's barely enough. In Massachusetts their plant has 5 buildings and employs 320. They expect to expand quickly here. As Peter Garlock told me, "We'll be doing this interview in another year or so, and you'll see...the changes, you'll be amazed."

There is a sense that things are turning around. But even as the lights go back on in the old Coors facility, a building next door remains empty...and waiting its turn in one slow recovery.

-written by John Potter

Garlock Printing is looking to hire 17 people now for the plant's opening, and they expect to reach the 175 employee mark in 1 to 2 years. The jobs are listed with Nevada Job Connect. Just click the link below:

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