Manufacturing Sustainable Success

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“Manufacturing isn’t sexy.” That seemed to be the common theme among members of the manufacturing panel hosted by the Garland Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 26 at its Monthly Luncheon event. Representatives from three local manufacturers, MAPEI, Spectrum Brands Global Auto Care and Packaging Corporation of America, gave audience members a brief glimpse into the world of manufacturing during Monday’s presentation, and while it may not be “sexy,” it certainly is significant.

Robert Piatek of MAPEI kicked off the panel’s presentations with a look at his company’s recent innovations in adhesives, many of which are related to concrete restoration and underground technologies. Concrete technologies include flash-setting accelerators for shotcrete, pumping aids and curing agents, all of which lend substantial benefits to construction processes. Many MAPEI products are even used with mechanized tunneling.

Barrett Hopper of Spectrum Brands Global Auto Care continued with the theme of impressive products, but brought things to a general consumer level as he showed off his company’s A/C PRO product. A/C PRO allows do-it-yourselfers to bring the cool back to a vehicle’s failing A/C system with no mechanic required. The self-installed canister gets things up and running in about 10 minutes. Spectrum Brands also produces Armor All and STP products out of the Garland auto care plant.

Dan Barkis of Packaging Corporation of America wrapped up the presentations by sharing the scope of the Garland PCA plant’s capabilities. PCA Garland has been a full-service supplier of corrugated shipping containers, high-impact graphics packaging and point-of-purchase (POP) displays for more than 55 years. In fact, Dan brought along a photo of the plant from the 1950s, where audience members could clearly see there was nothing yet on the ground between there and Downtown Dallas. PCA also offers graphic and structural design, special coatings and adhesives and much more.

Each of the three manufacturers shared a unique story of how their companies ended up in Garland, Texas. They each shared the evolution of their products through years of development, process improvement and growth. And though each one is distinctly diverse, they’ve found success in Garland, and we’re proud to say their products are Made Here.

Garland is one of the largest manufacturing cities in the state of Texas with more than 375 manufacturers. The thriving businesses in this sector have been supporting the Garland economy through highly varied product production and an ever-growing workforce for decades. To all of our local manufacturers, we say thank you. 


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