IVEMSA provides operational support services for manufacturing firms throughout Northwestern Mexico. Our experienced team can help with everything needed to set up and run your new facility or meet your needs with individual back office services such as Human Resources and Accounting.

Below are highlights of the benefits and strategic location advantages of the different manufacturing hub cities in the states of Baja California and Sonora. For more complete information and an impact analysis of how a specific area might best fit your goals, please contact IVEMSA today.

BAJA CALIFORNIA


Mexicali is a big city with a friendly community feel. The state’s capital and its second most populous city, it sits directly on the California border with three points of entry. With 12 universities and 9 vocational schools the populace is well educated and skilled. A fully modernized area, with abundant water and power supplies, Mexicali is home to major multi-national companies such as GKN Aerospace, Kenworth Paccar, Rockwell Collins, and UTC Aerospace Systems. Benefits to companies manufacturing in the area include:

  • Population: 936,826
  • Commercial port of entry: Calexico, AZ
  • Closest major airport (s):
    • Tijuana International Airport – 109 miles
    • San Diego International Airport Tuscon International Airport – 241 miles
  • Closest commercial seaport:
    • Ensenada, Mexico – 170 mi.
    • Long Beach, CA – 231 mi.
  • Rail Transport: joint venture between Ferromex and Union Pacific both southern northern routes
  • Number of maquiladoras: 134
  • Maquiladora workforce 58,553
  • Lease rate per sq. ft.: $0.32 – $0.38
  • Shell construction cost per sq. meter: $60 – $80
  • Average production line salary with benefits: $2.10 – $3.40/hr
  • Population from 18 – 54: 592,809
  • Industry concentrations:
    • Electronics
    • Aerospace/metal mechanics
    • Plastics
    • Medical
    • Automotive
    • Food & Beverage
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Baja California’s largest city, Tijuana is a bustling financial and industrial center with vibrant culture, arts and education programs. A truly global city, it has one of the country’s fastest growing populations and is today a leading metropolitan area in Mexico. Fifty million visitors annually cross the border at the San Yisdro Port of entry, making it the busiest land-border crossing in the world.  Home to major manufacturing operations of companies from around the globe, Tijuana hosts facilities for corporations such as SC Johnson, CareFusion, and Flextronics. Benefits to companies manufacturing in the area include:

  • Population: 1,559,683
  • Commercial port of entry: Otay Mesa
  • Closest major airport (s):
    • Tijuana International Airport – 0 miles
    • San Diego International Airport – 20 miles
  • Closest commercial seaport:
    • Ensenada, Mexico – 61 mi.
    • Long Beach, CA – 123 mi.
  • Number of maquiladoras: 589
  • Maquiladora workfoce: 195,729
  • Lease rate per sq. ft.: $0.35 – $0.45
  • Shell construction cost per sq. meter: $60 – $100
  • Average production line salary with benefits: $2.20 – $3.60/hr
  • Population from 18 – 54 years: 1,014,271
  • Industry concentrations:
    • Medical
    • Electronics
    • Automotive
    • Aerospace
    • Plastics
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Nestled in a pleasant valley surrounded by hills and mountains, Tecate is a charming small city with one non-commercial port of entry. This friendly community is known for the production of Tecate beer and the world famous Rancho La Puerta Spa.  Though peaceful and relaxed, Tecate has all the resources that support over 100 manufacturing operations for international companies such as Taylor Guitars, Teleflex and Broan-NuTone. Benefits to companies manufacturing in the area include:

  • Population: 101,079
  • Commercial port of entry: Otay Mesa – 26 miles
  • Closest major airport (s):
    • Tijuana International Airport- 30 miles
    • San Diego International Airport – 44 miles
  • Closest commercial seaport:
    • Ensenada, Mexico – 81 mi.
    • Long Beach, CA – 157 mi.
  • Number of maquiladoras: 102
  • Maquiladora workforce 11,656
  • Lease rate per sq. ft.: $0.32 – $0.38
  • Shell construction cost per sq. meter: $60 – $100
  • Average production line salary with benefits: $1.90 – $2.50/hr
  • Population from 18 – 54 years: 61,341
  • Industry concentrations:
    • Electronics
    • Plastics
    • Assembly
    • Food & Beverage
    • Textile
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Just 78 miles south of San Diego, California, Ensenada is a vibrant port city, just 27 miles southwest of the Valle de Guadalupe with vineyards, gourmet food and first class accommodations.  It features temperate year-round temperatures and a world class commercial port. Along with the enjoyable lifestyle, Ensenada is home to major manufacturers including Dialight, Hutchinson Aerospace, Fender Guitars and ICU Medical. Benefits to companies manufacturing in the area include:

  • Population: 466,814
  • Commercial port of entry: Otay Mesa – 72 miles
  • Closest major airport (s):
    • Tijuana International Airport- 65 miles
    • San Diego International Airport – 89 miles
  • Closest commercial seaport:
    • Ensenada, Mexico – 0 mi.
    • Long Beach, CA – 203 mi.
  • Number of maquiladoras: 86
  • Maquiladora workforce: 29,697
  • Lease rate per sq. ft.: $0.32 – $0.39
  • Shell construction cost per sq. meter: $60 – $100
  • Average production line salary with benefits: $1.90 – $2.50/hr
  • Population from 18 – 54 years: 293,053
  • Industry concentrations:
    • Electronics
    • Medical Devices
    • Aerospace
    • Assembly
    • Textile

 

 

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SONORA


Centrally located in the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora, Hermosillo, “The City in the Sun” is the state capital and the economic center of the region. With 70% of the state’s population and the majority of manufacturing efforts, Hermosillo is particularly strong in aerospace and automotive operations hosting major corporations such as Ford, Bosch and TE Connectivity. Benefits to companies manufacturing in the area include:

  • Population: 882,716
  • Closest commercial port of entry: Nogales, AZ – 175 miles
  • Closest major airport (s):
    • Hermosillo International airport – 0 miles
    • Tuscon International airport – 244 miles
  • Closest commercial seaport: Guaymas – 83 miles
  • Number of maquiladoras: 90+
  • Maquiladora workforce: 22,000
  • Lease rate per sq. ft.: $.035 – $0.42
  • Shell construction cost per sq. meter: $50 – $80
  • Average production line salary with benefits: $2.10 – $3.40/hr
  • Population from 18 – 54 years: 550,000
  • Industry concentrations:
    • Automotive
    • Aerospace
    • Electronics
    • Medical Devices
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San Luis Rio Colorado is the most northwestern western city in Sonora and sits directly on the border with Arizona. The fourth largest municipality in the state, it is situated on a broad mesa characterized by a flat and sandy terrain. San Luis Rio Colorado is home to a wide variety of international manufacturing operations including such corporations as TSE Brakes, Daeowood Electronics and BOSE. Benefits to companies manufacturing in the area include:

  • Population: 159,089
  • Closest commercial port of entry: San Luis, AZ
  • Closest major airport (s):
    • Yuma, AZ – 18 mi.
    • Mexicali, BC – 40 mi.
    • Tijuana, BC – 150 mi.
    • San Diego, CA – 180 mi.
  • Closest commercial seaports:
    • Ensenada – 208 mi.
    • Long Beach – 284 mi.
  • Number of maquiladoras: 33
  • Maquiladora workforce: 11,656
  • Lease rate per sq. ft.: $0.28 – $0.38
  • Shell construction cost per sq. meter: $50 – $80
  • Average production line salary with benefits: $1.80 – $2.40/hr
  • Population from 18 -54 years: 99,969
  • Industry concentrations:
    • Electronics
    • Textile
    • Metal Mechanic
    • Automotive

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