Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wire Mesh Manufacturing Plant in Works

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wire Mesh Manufacturing Plant in Works

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Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer

Wire Mesh Corp., which is based in Mexico, is negotiating to buy land in North Jacksonville to develop a $1.5 million manufacturing plant that would open with 20 employees.

Jacksonville lawyer Arthur Hernandez is working with the investors who are setting up the operation and said they want to buy the land by early February and build the plant's first phase.

"They would like to be up and operating by Aug. 1," said Hernandez, who said he is the company's general counsel. It would make wire mesh used in concrete slabs and would market the product throughout the Southeast, he said.

Hernandez said that Wire Mesh's primary investors are brothers, Jose Ignacio Sala and Juan Carlos Sala, along with Luis Barrenechea. Barrenechea will relocate to Jacksonville, he said.

The city is reviewing plans filed with the Jacksonville Planning and Development Department to develop at Faye and New Berlin roads on land owned by Verdie Forest Inc.

Verdie Forest President J.O. Edmunds in New Orleans referred questions to Michael Canella, vice president of Prudential Atlantic Commercial Real Estate Services. Canella referred questions to Hernandez.

Plans show that Wire Mesh Corp. would build three structures comprising a 14,450-square-foot building, a 3,000-square-foot building, a 1,500-square-foot building and a scale. Jacksonville engineer Agee, Vorpe & Associates Inc. is the project agent.

Hernandez said the parent company is based in Cuautitlan, Mexico, where it operates as Estiradora Mexicana de Alambres. According to information provided by Hernandez, the company was founded in Mexico City in 1978 and has been operating several plants to make wire products.

In 1995, the company began to ship products to a Houston company.

Hernandez said the Jacksonville plant would be built in phases and "slowly grow up to 30 to 40 employees. …

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