FACTBOX-Companies with interests in Michoacan, Mexico
Jan 14 (Reuters) - Mexico's government on Monday pledged to take control of the violent western state of Michoacan after days of fighting between masked vigilantes and members of one of the country's most powerful drug cartels.
The presence of the cartels has already affected some companies with business interests in the mineral-rich state, where the dominant Knights Templar gang has extended its interests from drug dealing and extortion to mining iron ore.
Below is a list of companies with interests in Michoacan, based on filings with securities regulators and company information. All declined to comment, except where indicated.
The Mexican arm of ArcelorMittal is the country's largest steel producer, with production facilities in the port of Lazaro Cardenas. Last year, an executive from the company was shot dead there. Local businessmen said he had reported illegal mining activity.
Anheuser-Busch InBev owns Mexican beer company Grupo Modelo, which sells and distributes brands, including Corona, throughout Michoacan.
An avocado company based in California, Calavo has packing houses and processing facilities in Uruapan, Michoacan.
The Mexican supermarket chain's Michoacan stores were operating normally, a spokesman said, declining to comment further.
COCA COLA FEMSA and FEMSA
Bottler Coca-Cola Femsa, co-owned by The Coca-Cola Co and retailer Femsa, distributes Coke products in Michoacan. Femsa operates Oxxo convenience store stores in the state.
The world's largest breadmaker, Grupo Bimbo distributes snacks and bread throughout the state.
Home Depot has two stores in Michoacan.
KIMBERLY-CLARK DE MEXICO
The Mexican unit of the maker of Kleenex tissues has a mill in Morelia, in north central Michoacan. The mill caught on fire in June 2012, shortly after a series of attacks on Pepsico's trucks. The company said that an a short circuit was to blame.
Mexico's No. 2 supermarket chain Soriana has stores in Michoacan.
The food and drinks company, which operates under the Sabritas brand in Mexico, distributes and sells drinks and snacks in the state. Sabritas trucks were set on fire in 2012, apparently as part of an extortion bid. The government later arrested members of the Knights Templar cartel over the attack.
Steel company Ternium has an iron ore mine in Aquila, Michoacan and rights to explore mining in other areas in the state. "A continued deterioration of the security situation may result in significant obstacles or additional costs to the implementation of our growth plans in Mexico," the company said in its 2012 annual report.
U.S. PRECIOUS METALS
A mining company with gold, silver and copper exploration and exploitation concessions for about 37,000 acres of land in Michoacan.
WAL-MART DE MEXICO
Mexico's Wal-Mart de Mexico, controlled by U.S. giant Wal-Mart Inc, has 75 stores in Michoacan. The stores and supply chain in the state are operating normally, a spokesman said, adding that they are continually monitoring conditions.
(Reporting by Elinor Comlay. Additional reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb and Gabriela Lopez; editing by Gunna Dickson)