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Tijuana EDC, a nonprofit promoting the city’s manufacturing industry, has released figures on the growth of the region’s production capacity in 2011.

The group reports that 14 companies opened new facilities in Tijuana last year, adding 800,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Growth was strongest among suppliers of metal parts and packaging, but also included a new facility owned by the Spanish firm Siliken, which added 300 jobs in the production of solar panels.

Other existing facilities combined to add over 1 million square feet of manufacturing space and approximately 3000 jobs to Tijuana’s economy. Firms from the U.S. expanding operations included Greatbatch, a producer of batteries for pacemakers, and industrial air-conditioner manufacturer Energy Labs.

Tijuana EDC boasts that the city’s “strategic location” across the border from San Diego “provides just in time access to one of the world’s largest and wealthiest markets.” The group also says the city’s relatively high-skill and low-wage workforce “can help companies reduce their operations costs from 40 to 60%.”

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