El Paso Mayor Visits PMT in Support of Local Manufacturers

El Paso Mayor Visits PMT in Support of Local Manufacturers

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PMT owner and CEO Charles A. Sholtis stands with El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser on Friday, Jan. 30 during
the facility tour.

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser visited PMT on Friday, Jan. 30, to see first-hand some of the technological advances in precision injection molding and to show support for manufacturing, an important component of the El Paso economy.

The mayor, along with two representatives from regional economic development group The Borderplex Alliance, toured PMT’s state-of-the-art manufacturing center, where owner and CEO Charles A. Sholtis shared the new technologies, innovations and best practices that distinguish PMT as a top plastics manufacturer in North America.

“PMT and other manufacturing companies in El Paso are integral to the health of the El Paso economy,” Mayor Leeser said. “PMT is nationally recognized for excellence, having won the 2014 Manufacturer of the Year award, and last Friday I was able to see exactly why. Charles Sholtis and his team run a precise and specialized operation that companies around the world rely on.”

“I am impressed by the fact that PMT is a family-owned and family-run business,” Mayor Leeser added. “El Paso is very fortunate to have this capability in our community.”

Sholtis spearheaded PMT’s relocation from Connecticut to El Paso in 2001. He recognized that a strong presence in the Borderplex would better position PMT as a key part of the supply chain in a region that was about to experience tremendous growth.

Charles Sholtis and his team run a precise and specialized operation that companies around the world rely on.

“The NAFTA free trade agreement opened up doors for suppliers like PMT to work more seamlessly with customers in Mexico,” Sholtis said. “The move required a significant financial investment and was met with considerable skepticism, but it was a calculated risk that paid off for both our company and our customers.”

“We’re committed to continued growth, and it’s a pleasure to see that Mayor Leeser has a strong commitment to economic development and that he appreciates the strong role manufacturing plays in both El Paso and the Borderplex as a whole.”

Sholtis and Mayor Leeser also discussed the need for increased promotion of educational training and workforce development in El Paso. PMT will re-launch its in-house apprenticeship program this year, but Sholtis said more emphasis on vocational training is needed locally to encourage students to pursue trade apprenticeships.