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Manufacturing in Mexico: Cd. Juarez

Cd. Juarez

Foreign manufacturing in Juarez, Mexico can be traced back to the early days of the maquiladora industry in the 1960’s. Sharing its border with El Paso, Texas, Juarez is centrally located and ideal for distributing finished goods throughout the United States and Canada. With a population of over 1 million people, Juarez has a large, skilled labor pool servicing the maquiladora industry.

Given its central location relative to the United States, Juarez lends itself well to heavy metal manufacturing and automotive manufacturing in Mexico. These two industries account for more than 60% of the maquiladoras in Juarez.

Industrial space in Juarez is abundant and, as of 2013, about 20% less expensive than other border cities. While there are industrial parks in Juarez with multi-tenant buildings available for lease, the majority of the industrial space in Juarez is stand-alone buildings greater than 50,000 sq. ft. That said, industrial developers have demonstrated great flexibility for companies that would prefer to start with a smaller foot print with the option to grow.

The drug cartel violence in Juarez has casted a dark shadow on the city and depressed its growth over the past 12 years. While the majority of the violence is strictly drug related, Juarez has struggled to attract new foreign investment for manufacturing in Mexico. From 2002 to 2011, Juarez saw its population shrink by almost 30%, but 2012 brought a welcomed improvement in violent crime in Juarez and the city and state government have vowed to continue their efforts in this area.