FAIRFIELD — Fairfield has attracted another business for its growing cluster of wine-related businesses.
Italy-based Guala Closures has signed a lease for 11,000 square feet at 2300 S. Watney Way in Solano Business Park. The company produces safety screw caps for wine and spirit bottles. It has 25 production plants on five continents.
Guala Closures’ bigger plants, such as one in Mexico, take minimum orders in the 100,000 rage, said Alessandro Bocchio of the company. A small winery might have to go to a distributor and get closures that are not custom-designed in smaller quantities.
That will change with the Fairfield plant. Its “small-run” technology will allow smaller wineries to order custom caps in quantities of 2,000 or 5,000. They can have designs and logos done.
“They can come to our office, sit down, we can create what they want,” Bocchio said.
Guala Closures plans to move into its Fairfield plant in April and have its equipment ready in June. It will have 15 workers there.
The company looked for a site through the state Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, city Economic Development Specialist Charles Ching said. Fairfield suggested several local sites. Guala liked the one at South Watney Way.
“First of all, we wanted to stay close to the heart of wine country,” Bocchio said.
The company’s customers are located in Napa and Sonoma counties and the Central Valley, he said. Plus, he said, Fairfield has become an area with companies related to packaging and, in particular, wine packaging.
Fairfield over the past year has seen Bruni Glass, Encore Glass and Saxco International lease space in the city. All are wine-related businesses. The city is already home to such wine-related businesses as ACI Cork USA. In addition, Wagner Family of Wines plans to build a winery and bottling facility on Cordelia Road just outside of city limits.
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