New manufacturing capabilities in Mexico

HCP Packaging USA, Inc. - a subsidiary of the HCP Packaging group, a leading designer and manufacturer of packaging for the cosmetics, toiletries, skin care and fragrance industries - has announced its intention to open a new factory in Mexico.

According to HCP, the manufacturing unit will occupy a 60,000 square foot (18,288 m2) facility located in Reynosa city’s Villa Florida Industrial Park, in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, approximately 15 minutes from the US border.

Manufacturing capabilities will include injection moulding, injection blow moulding, UV lacquering, vacuum metalizing, as well as decoration and assembly. HCP Reynosa is expected to be fully operational during the first quarter of 2010, and will employ approximately 130 people. HCP also announced that John Leitner has been appointed Plant Manager.

HCP intends to transfer a portion of its activities from its Hinsdale, New Hampshire and Shanghai, PRC facilities to the new factory.

Development of West Coast sales and marketing

This announcement follows the appointment of Mrs Laura Nowatzki as HCP’s Vice President, West Coast Sales and Marketing.

Laura Nowatzki graduated from the University of California, in Santa Barbara, with a BA in mechanical engineering and has previous packaging development and quality control experience at a number of West Coast cosmetics companies, including Smashbox, Guthie Renker, Hain Celestial Personal Care Division and Rock and Republic. Additionally, Laura is also an Instructor of packaging design and development at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, in downtown Los Angeles.

Laura Nowatzki is responsible for managing all sales and marketing activities on new and existing accounts in the area west of the Mississippi River.