TIJUANA (El Sol de Tijuana, by Laura Sánchez Law, 5/7/2011) - So far the economic impact hasn’t registered following alerts issued by the United States. However, the passage of goods by local industry will definitely be affected, said Yaeli Lomelí, President of the Association of the local Maquiladora industry. Interviewed at the monthly meeting of the AIM, it was reported they would begin to work with American and Mexican customs, in order to make the crossing easier, however it will impact them, although there is no idea of the magnitude. He said there is a desire to expedite this process. They are also in talks with municipal authorities, as it is necessary to repair streets in the industrial parks. Since the last administration, this has been a general complaint of investors. Also at the meeting, the AIM gave awards to five businesses established in the region who were the best Great Place to Work, rewarding the best companies to work. The President of the Association of the Maquiladora Industry and Export in Tijuana said the aspects evaluated in this program relate to the environment and working conditions, analyzing the quality of benefits for employees. "There are many ways to evaluate. It is basically the employee work environment, the employee satisfaction, the quality of its benefits and policies, not only the coming from corporation but how they are applied with high standards of ethics and responsibility," He said. The five companies recognized as the best to work are Plantronics Mexico, DJ Orthopedics, Welch Allyn of Mexico, Greatbath Medical and Harman Audio. The President of the IMA commended them for their commitment to their staff and society. "Companies in the State and locally have raised the satisfaction of employees and also for their families", he stressed. Norma Yael Lomelí added industries have registered an increase in employment, particularly in the maquiladora, however the figures will be announced when INEGI reports its official data. He noted that appropriate to the work, fair wages are paid in the maquila. Proof of this is precisely the award obtained by these companies, including the measure "value given to the employee and human capital are the workers". Meanwhile Alexander Bustamante, President of Plantronics Mexico (company that won first place in the program Great Place to Work) shared strategies that industry carries out to become a competitive company. The main factor is to involve all staff. "The most important thing that the company has to transcend as an organization is to involve the people. The part that gives results is that people go hand in hand as one to get the results desired by all our stakeholders". The stakeholders include our customers, shareholders, employees and community", he said. The monthly meeting of the Association of the Maquiladora Industry and Export of Tijuana was also attended by James Ackerman, delegate in Baja California of the Ministry of Economy; Renato Sandoval, Secretary of Labour and Social Welfare of the Government of the State; Mónica García Brunn, delegate of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, among others.

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