Gov. Susana Martinez welcomes Corrugated Synergies to Santa Teresa

Company promises 120 jobs with initial $40M investment

Algernon D'Ammassa
Las Cruces Sun-News
Gov. Susana Martinez, at podium, spoke at a ribbon-cutting for Corrugated Synergies International in Santa Teresa on June 11.

SANTA TERESA - Gov. Susana Martinez welcomed a large investment to New Mexico's border zone at a ribbon-cutting in Santa Teresa's Bi-National Industrial Park.

Washington-based Corrugated Synergies International announced last month that it would open its newest facility in Santa Teresa. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning, CEO John Perullo said that as recently as four years ago, the company did not consider New Mexico a potential location, but now he said CSI would make a long-term commitment to employing New Mexico labor and services. 

The company, specializing in sheet feeding and full-line box plants, will create 120 manufacturing jobs with its initial investment, and has plans to expand, Perullo said. Two CSI subsidiaries, Universal Sheets and Visual Impact Preprint, will conduct operations in the plant, located near the Pete V. Domenici Highway. 

Indicating the production equipment dominating the room, a printer system measuring more than 120 feet in length, Perullo said, "There are six of them in the world right now. This is a new technology that allows for single-pass, high-graphic corrugated packaging to be made." 

He said the company's initial investment at the industrial park would approach $40 million. The plant is anticipated to open during the summer.

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Gov. Martinez credited the company's arrival to her unwavering opposition to tax increases, along with state investment in infrastructure, which she said amounted to $130 million in Santa Teresa alone. 

"We have become a business-friendly state," Martinez said. "We are telling people that New Mexico is open for business. We have proven it by all of the tax cuts that we have created and all of the tax increases that I have vetoed. Over a billion dollars of tax increases have been vetoed during my administration." 

Davin Lopez, president and CEO of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, said recruiting CSI to invest in New Mexico resulted from collaborative efforts by the state and local economic development organizations. 

The collaboration includes taxpayer funds. 

The New Mexico Economic Development Department, headed by Secretary Matt Geisel, will invest $1 million from the state's Local Economic Development Act fund into the company's New Mexico expansion. 

In April, Doña Ana County's Board of Commissioners approved two industrial revenue bond issues, contributing a combined $25 million toward the project. 

Commissioners Benjamin Rawson and Ramon Gonzalez were joined by county manager Fernando Macias at the ribbon-cutting. 

In November, members of MVEDA and the New Mexico Partnership visited CSI’s corporate headquarters in Seattle with Gov. Martinez and Secretary Geisel to pitch New Mexico as a location.

Geisel hailed nearby construction of reinforced heavy-zone concrete roadbed on the Domenici highway, "which will only help us continue to grow this area ... to move New Mexico into the global economy." 

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