Conclave Matches Companies Manufacturing In Mexico

Companies Manufacturing In Mexico representing the maquila industry served as recent hosts to a most unusual networking extravaganza where U.S. suppliers were bused from Arizona to Nogales, Sonora courtesy of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service.  The Nogales Supplier Expo hosted the day-long event which featured 110 companies manufacturing in Mexico for such diverse industries as aerospace, plastics, electronics and medical devices.  An American CEO, Chris Schlesinger of Best Finishing had been looking for just such an opportunity as a way to expand sales potential for her metal finishing equipment business.  In fact, 50 representatives made the trip across the border to the Expo, with another 30 arranging their way to Nogales on their own.

U.S. Commerce Department officials saw the maquila Expo as an excellent opportunity to introduce American suppliers to northern Mexico’s thriving manufacturing industry where growth has continued by 6% in the first half of 2011.  Based on an earlier sales trip effort in 2008, Arizona-based Erik Nielson of the Commercial Service’s U.S. Export Assistance Center sought to act on President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which asked for a doubling of exports within the next 5 years.  As a result, achieving this goal can create 2 million more jobs in the U.S., just by expanding sales with companies manufacturing in Mexico.  The rich maquila manufacturing sector in Nogales serves as a prime near shore location for suppliers, particularly given the lesser quality of Chinese products.  Since Nogales is manufacturing, further trips are likely to transpire in the future.


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