As reported by Rio Grande Guardian, maquiladoras along the U.S.-Mexico border are short tens of thousands of workers. A study conducted by the maquila trade association, INDEX, revealed that maquiladoras on the border were short 65,000 workers.
INDEX Reynosa President, Enrique Castro, shared maquila vacancy rates for a number of border cities, including:
- Tijuana – 18,506 workers short
- Cd. Juárez – 14,000 workers short
- Reynosa – 13,000 workers short
- Acuña – 3,500 workers short
- Piedras Negras – 2,500 workers short
- Chihuahua – 2,500 workers short
- Mexicali – 2,000 workers short
- Laredo – 1,800 workers short
- Nogales – 1,300 workers short
The international trade director for the state of Tamaulipas said that Matamoros maquilas were short 6,000 workers.
While these are dismal numbers for the border region, maquilas in the interior of Mexico have been able to sustain, and, in fact, attract plenty of workers.
The experts at El Grande Group understand that there are plenty of benefits that come with expanding your manufacturing operations into the interior of Mexico. While border maquiladoras certainly offer unique advantages of their own, you might be surprised by the Bajío Industrial Corridor in central Mexico, a leading economic region for automotive and aerospace manufacturers.
Consider the following advantages of expanding your operations into the interior of Mexico.
Benefits of Expanding Operations into the Interior of Mexico
- Quality Employee Population to Pull From
As noted by the INDEX report, the interior of Mexico sees less labor turnover than border maquiladoras. Additionally, the Bajío Industrial Corridor – where El Grande Group’s industrial park is located – is in close proximity to some of the country’s largest urban areas including the cities of Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, and Santiago de Queretaro.
Additionally, the Bajío region is frequently recognized as having a high quality of life, as well as being one of the safest and most economically dynamic in the nation. These incentives have helped to draw in plenty of qualified workers.
- An Educated Workforce
Mexico’s interior region offers access to an educated workforce who are graduating from some of the country’s most prestigious universities and institutions.
Anticipating employer demands, universities in the region have developed highly effective pipelines to connect students with the industrial sectors they are studying. Currently, there are more than 7,000 agreements between colleges and manufacturing companies that allow students to obtain first-hand experience in the industry of their choosing while still attending classes. This level of preparation is key to developing high-quality engineers and technicians.
- Quality Transportation Infrastructure
Aside from an attractive workforce population, the interior of Mexico offers a centralized location that provides ease of access to NAFTA highways as well as to seaports, cross-docks, and international flight routes.
Deciding to expand your manufacturing operations into the interior of Mexico is a boon, providing you vital transportation connections throughout the country and into neighboring North American and South American countries.
- Access to OEMs, Tier 1, and Tier 2 Suppliers
The interior of Mexico, especially the Bajío region, has become a mega-cluster of manufacturing in Mexico. In recent years, billions of dollars have been invested in the region with well-recognized automotive manufacturers such as Honda, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, GM, Nissan and many other Tier 1, 2, and 3 suppliers establishing plants in the area.
This bustling region is supporting manufacturing and exportation industries in Mexico, providing interested companies with unbelievable access to economically sound distribution chains.
Let El Grande Group help you grow your manufacturing operations in the interior of Mexico. Contact our international manufacturing experts today at 1-646-300-9401.
With access to a highly-skilled and educated workforce, valuable transportation infrastructure, and proximity to the country’s most economically active region, operating your manufacturing company in Mexico’s interior really is your best option.