Nissei debuts new San Antonio plant

Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. LTD debuted its new San Antonio plant during a Monday afternoon event.

The Japanese plastic injected molding machine maker welcomed customers, suppliers, public officials and other guests at the South Side plant for tours and an open house.

The company’s Los Angeles-based subsidiary Nissei America Inc. invested $21 million to build a 115,000-square-foot plant off Lyster Road at Brooks. Operating under the name Nissei Plastic Machinery America Inc., the San Antonio facility will be used to make medium to large-scale hybrid plastic injection molding machines for a variety of manufacturers.

Now marking his ninth trip to the Alamo City, Nissei Plastic Industrial Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Sumio Tanaka told the Business Journal that the plant represents an important step for the company’s plans to increase its presence in the Americas.

“San Antonio is the center of the United States,” Tanaka said. “It’s not only the center of the United States — it’s North America and South America. We can send our machines anywhere in the American continent.”

In a process that takes eight days to one month, the company’s San Antonio plant is able to make up to five plastic injected molding machines at a time. The plant currently has nine employees. That number is expected to grow to 20 by the end of the year and up to 60 employees in three years. The new plant includes offices, a learning center, a showroom for customers and a service center.

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