Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Mercado Industrial Group
Primary Industrial Company in the Garcia district
A strong industrial corporation, that has allied with and absorbed several smaller corporations to better provide the basis for a single, unified corporate identity. It is he closest thing to a “megacrporation” available in The District of Garcia, and dominates the efforts of the The Industrialist’s League.
MercIndy is the single largest corporate entity in The District of Garcia, and controls much of the industrial future of the district, through its interests and political clout. Although it has close financial ties to Banco Nacional de Sangria, which have backed its infrastructural development of late, the company remains strongly controlled by one voice; Hernando Huarez. His position remains strong enough, that even the Guardia Civilia – Garcia wouldn’t touch him or his direct employees during the dark years. Ultimately, he paid their salaries.
Today, the company maintains close ties to the logistical needs of * “The Iron Dingoes”, and works closely with them in both the boardroom of The Industrialist’s League, and in the technical aspects of its personnel and technology. They are seen as the primary defenders of the local economy and industrial development.
In addition to the company expanding its industrial base, it is always on the prowl for more opportunities for investment and industrial development.
The Mercado Industrial Group is a conglomeration of companies that united to form MercIndy in 3012, becoming the first of several efforts of off-world investment to bear fruit. The company quickly snapped-up several smaller, failing asset companies and formed its own transportation network for the export of its own goods, as well as improving its ancient factories to fairly modern standards.
By 3018, the company was in full production and exporting its goods and services widely. As a natural expansion, it has taken control of the loose political association of large and important industries in the region, known as the Merchant’s League. This organization stresses the need for political stability, supports free trade and has always worked to strengthen the local military presence, to ensure its long-term security.
At present, MercIndy has five major subsidiaries, each with an important role to play in the corporation’s long-term growth strategies.
Canning Industries Ltd : Established in 2980, CanInd is the oldest portion of the industrial group, and represents the largest company dedicated to the canning and preservation of foodstuffs in all of Sangria. The company produces large quantities of lacquered tinplate, that it then converts into cans of all sizes for its canning projects, as well as exporting them into the rest of Sangria and internationally into San Isabel and Delancourt. Crown-caps for soda, aerosol cans, paint cans and steel drums are also exported. The company quickly replaced its workforce through refugee labor, following the worst of the 3025 Outworld Flu, and has been able to minimize the impact of that pandemic on its overall operations.
Finesse : Food production and preservation represents an important aspect of the company’s manufacturing efforts, and it cans fruit, soy, corn, pork and beef under the “Finesse” label. The company began operation in 2991, and has since expanded to export of its goods domestically under the Finesse label, through both its own chain of supermarkets, Mercado Shops, and outside the district under the aegis of the Alpina company, which is largely owned by the Mercado Industrial Group. Workers for the local factory in the town of Mercado are trucked in from across the nearby eastern coast, and work at the factory is highly prized.
Green Cotton Textiles : A versatile textile production company, that specializes in industrial textiles, especially cotton canvas and belt cotton. They also produce simple work clothing for the domestic market. Almost all resources are produced locally. The company has two separate textile factories located in Mercado, that truck in workers from nearby communities.
In late-3023, the company purchased a variety of industrial parts from salvage acquired by * “The Iron Dingoes”, from which they assembled a single highly automated production line. The company now manufactures a durable military one-suit of Star League origin, that is used by the Sangrian national infantry, armor- and air-crews. This has made Mercado the supplier of the basic combat uniform (BDU) for the national military, as well as the Dingoes and other local mercenary units. Woven of ballistic cloth, the uniform is also increasingly popular in some work environments, as it is easily cleaned, and provides very good protection against abrasions. They have also been in talks with Miguel Caballero out of San Succi regarding this and other matters.
Mercado Industrial Logistics : Provides trans-shipment services for dry goods across the District of Garcia, and is the largest shipping company in the district. It has grown fast, and achieved a reputation for fast loading/unloading of cargoes, and reliability of service. Expanded in 3017, the company maintains branch offices in Melang and Ciudad Garcia, with a new shipping facility built in 3022, in * Landhold : Garrison, allowing the company to process and unload thousands of tons of cargo each day.
MIL was also integral into the development of Bertling Logistics, and holds a share in that company. MIL has largely integrated itself with Bertling’s small package network, and uses Bertling transport services for its internal bulk materials shipment. International bulk goods shipment falls under the aegis of Super-Max.
Mercado Resources : This company maintains significant positions in various mining companies world-wide that include coal, nickel, and iron ore. They seek to constantly improve their portfolio, to better provide resources to the district’s industries, and actively buy interests in other valuable resource-based companies. They also hold considerable interests in the Blue Mountain Mining Company, which have been integral to the aluminum production of Canning Industries Ltd.
Mercado Shipping Limited (“Super-Max”) : A leading planetary dry-bulk shipping concern, primarily hauling Coal, Iron Ore, Wheat, Soybeans. Bauxite, Fertilizers, Pig Iron, Sugar, Cement, Timber and Steel Products. Six (6) bulk carriers operate under the Super-Max logo, and they also maintain a single bulk liquid tanker, the “Aurora”, that hauls vegetable oils (soy). The company is based from Ciudad Garcia.
Mercado Shops : Largely funded by off-world investment and the company’s own internal economy, Mercado Shops was officially formed in 3026, after a series of test projects in Ciudad Garcia proved the concept viable. The stores sell bulk goods of Mercado’s own products, as well as vegetables and other produce from nearby regional markets, but are concentrated in the district’s major urban centers, such as the capital, Mercado, Velino, and Tqak. It has been showing great promise, though will likely not expand into the smaller markets.
Mercado Technical Services (MerTech) : The Mercado Industrial Group has long supported itself by producing all its own tools, dies and spare parts, as well as providing technical personnel with access to an internal technical education to provide training for the maintenance of company equipment. Soon after the company’s seizure the governor’s assets in 3021, they established a small technical college in Mercado, and began formalized training in excess of their immediate need for technicians.
As a result, the MerTech branch of Mercado was formed soon after, which provides both internal maintenance work within the company, and sells their expertise to other industrial concerns, through contract work, mostly long-term maintenance contracts of their facilities. As a result, MerTech has become a hot commodity in the region, and is starting to see interest from other districts in the nation. Their tool & die shop remains vitally important to expansion of the region’s industrial needs, and works closely with the Iron Dingoes own technical resources in * “The Dingo Pack”.