Fresno Bee, The (CA)

June 29, 2006

Machinery company plans $2.5m plant in Parlier

Author: The Fresno Bee

Edition: FINAL
Section: BUSINESS
Page: C2

Article Text:

A Fowler-based machinery company is building a $2.5 million plant and bringing 20 jobs to a new industrial park in Parlier, boosting hopes of city officials that their investment in the park is continuing to bear fruit.

W. E. Plemons Machinery Services Inc. plans to move into its new Parlier facility by year's end, said Olivia Kozera, vice president of operations.

The manufacturer of box-making machinery, founded in 1986, expects to hire more people at its new Parlier location as it expands into the making of other packaging machinery, Kozera said.

The plant will be built in the 80-acre Parlier Industrial Park at the intersection of Manning and Mendocino avenues, said Parlier City Manager Lou Martinez. The city bought the land for about $1.2 million a few years ago and is spending about $1 million to bring infrastructure to the site, he said.

The park is also home to Custom Produce Sales, which employs about 125, Martinez said. Another company, Custom Wood Products of Selma, plans to start building a new plant in the park in the next two months, one that could bring up to 60 jobs, he said.

Other potential tenants include a refrigeration company, a welding company and a cabinet-making company, Martinez said.

"We like the idea of bringing full-time employment to Parlier residents," he said. Most of the jobs held by Parlier's 13,000 residents are seasonal, he said.

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