Prent: Manufacturing a Healthier Future from New Mexico
The use of medical devices is more important than ever. Around the world, hospitals and other health care facilities have found a greater need for quick delivered, accurately working and non-contaminated items such as respirators and surgical masks. Thanks to Prent Corporation, this is possible. Prent is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom plastic and rigid thermoform packaging for the medical, electronic and consumer industries. This plastic packaging is a critical step in keeping items sterile and working as they should. The packaging not only protects the equipment from bacteria, but from environmental forces such as heat, humidity and static and foreign objects such sand, which can cause defective equipment, during transit and until use.
Prent’s process of designing that “just-right package” to meet each customer’s needs, leverages virtual design technology to shorten the lead time of products. With the use of E-drawings, customers can make drawing notations and evaluate designs in a matter of minutes.
The Global Thermoforming Centers have class 8 clean room environments and feature customized computer control panels to provide precise instructions to control temperature, pressure, cycle time and much more.
Prent was founded in 1967 by Jack and Carol Pregont in Janesville, Wisconsin. For over 50 years Prent has pioneered thermoforming processes and developed numerous innovations that have helped advance today’s industry standards. They have won more WorldStar Packaging Awards than any other medical or pharmaceutical company in the world. Since March, the company has provided protective equipment throughout the country.
“Prent’s commitment to manufacturing world-class products, operational excellence and a customer service- focused business model has helped us become an industry leader,” said Mark Rothlisberger, Sr. Vice President of Manufacturing for Prent. “We’ve created a business model that incorporates a custom design for each unique and sophisticated piece of technology, the opportunity to distribute on a global scale and a process that is cost-effective for companies.”
In October of 2020 Prent announced Santa Teresa, N.M. for their new manufacturing facility, where they plan to invest $12.5 million and create 85 new jobs. The State of New Mexico is supporting the relocation with $500,000 in economic assistance from the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) fund, a job-creation or closing fund administered by the EDD.
"For over three years we’ve worked closely with partners in the region to make this a reality. Over and over, we heard that the strength of the region is its collaboration across borders. Today’s announcement is a vindication of that model, one integrated region working together towards success,” Rothlisberger said. “The Borderplex region makes perfect sense for Prent. It’s an area ripe for innovation and partnership.”
Here are some of the benefits New Mexico offers to companies like Prent and other manufacturers within the state.
Location: New Mexico is approximately equidistant to ports of LA/Long Beach, Houston and Galveston. From New Mexico, it’s possible to reach Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Utah within one day’s trucking, and California markets in two days. Distribution companies, manufacturers, and other business are well-positioned here to serve both East and West Coast clients. New Mexico is also geographically well-positioned to serve major markets in Mexico and Canada by both road and rail and also support the flow of goods into the U.S. from Mexico and Latin America. Our border region, anchored by the Las Cruces Metro, is part of a broader Metroplex that also includes El Paso, TX and Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez Metro.
Talent: Talent is plentiful in the state, with over 180,000 experienced people employed in roles relevant to manufacturing and logistics. And when companies need specialized research and development or scientific expertise, New Mexico offers one of the highest concentrations of high-skilled talent in the U.S.
Incentives: The state provides key incentives such as the Economic Development Act (LEDA) fund and the Job-creation or closing fund administered by the New Mexico Economic Development Department.