The Heating and Cooling Division of Rheem Manufacturing Co. has purchased a 37-acre commercial development site in Mexico.

The site is in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, where the company currently has manufacturing operations.
Rheem said the land purchase provides the company with an important strategic platform for continued global expansion. The company has been realigning its plant operations in the last three years to be more competitive. This included the completion of a manufacturing plant expansion in Milledgeville, Ga., and reformatting its Fort Smith, Ark., plant for improved manufacturing flexibility.

The Rheem division plans for construction of a manufacturing facility on the Nuevo Laredo site that will join the Fort Smith and Milledgeville plants in an effort to supply products in greater volumes to the North American and world markets.

In preparation for a new Nuevo Laredo manufacturing facility, Rheem has contracted with a land-use architectural firm to conduct feasibility studies and provide design assistance for the future plant. The plant’s size, construction timetable, employment levels and products to be made there are yet to be determined.
Since 2005, the company has also opened a parts distribution center in Randleman, N.C., and new regional distribution centers in Lewisville, Texas, and McDonough, Ga.