Guatemala: Engineering Showa Breaks Ground for New Glove Manufacturing Unit
Showa’s new facility will be built in Guatemala and is expected to more than double the company’s existing glove production capacity as well as create approximately 300 new jobs in the country.
Guatemala – Showa Group, a global integrated manufacturer of industrial and household PPE gloves, has broken ground on a new glove manufacturing facility in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. The ground-breaking event, held in October, welcomed Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, Minister of Economy Antonio Malouf as well as other high-ranking officials and Showa Group executives to Guatemala Yamamoto San.
The Showa Group’s presence in Guatemala traces back 36 years, with one operational glove production facility in Guatemala City and one in Puerto Barrios. The company is also expanding its existing plant in Fayette, Alabama targeted for completion in April 2021. The new Guatemala facility will:
● More than double glove production capacity – Showa currently manufactures nearly 50 million gloves in Guatemala, and the expansion will more than double this capacity by 2024.
● Meet the growing need for unsupported gloves – Expanded manufacturing capability in Guatemala enables Showa Group’s distribution partners to serve their markets with unsupported gloves that provide reliable hand protection across target industries such as food processing, manufacturing, automotive, chemical, and municipal services.
● Create hundreds of jobs – The second glove manufacturing facility is expected to create approximately 300 new Guatemalan jobs in Puerto Barrios over the next few years, and represents a 12-million-dollar investment commitment to the region.
● Strengthen commitment to combating Covid-19 – Breaking ground on this second Puerto Barrios facility uniquely positions the Showa Group to meet global PPE glove demand to serve government and industry customers for the long-term, while protecting frontline workers playing a critical role during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are thrilled to expand our manufacturing presence in Guatemala and play a part in the country’s economic transformation efforts while supporting local job growth,” said Richard Heppell, Chief Operating Officer for Americas, Oceania and EMEA at Showa Group. “Doubling our capacity over the next few years will not only help create hundreds of jobs, but more importantly allows Showa to meet the growing demand for gloves across the globe through planned production and innovation.”