North Central Zone – Issue 83
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BRP inaugurates a new plant in Ciudad Juarez
The Canadian firm BRP has inaugurated its second plant in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, with an investment of US$37.4 million. Nine hundred people will be hired in this plant. The “Side by Side” Defender vehicle is for both recreational and work use and will be manufactured at this facility. BRP has 10 years of operations in Ciudad Juarez and has manufactured components for boats, quads, and now the “Side by Side” vehicles. The new industrial building measures 36,000 square meters and was made by Vesta Corporate.
GM starts Cruze model production in Coahuila
General Motors started producing the new generation of the Cruze compact model in Mexico. It will be assembled at the Ramos Arizpe plant in Coahuila. To upgrade the new production line an investment of US$350 million was required. Pedro Ruiz, GM’s Marketing Director, said that the production in this Municipality will be aimed at supplying the Mexican market at the beginning. For the medium term, he pointed out, it will also be for export. The Ramos Arizpe complex manufactures 25% of General Motors’ total vehicles in Mexico and production reached 173,000 units in 2015.
Food processing Company to establish in Coahuila
Empacadora Frape, a food processing company belonging to the Comal Foods Firm of the BJ Group, will be set-up in Torreon, Coahuila. This will require an investment of over US$6.85 million and will generate an estimated 500 new jobs. The construction of this plant will begin soon and the operation will be located at the Parque PYME in the Mieleras Industrial Zone. Empacadora Frape is already positioned in the exports market and is present in the U.S., Latin America and Asia. Operations are expected to begin by the end of 2016.
Ruskin inaugurates new building in Ciudad Juarez
Ruskin is a manufacturer of fans and grids for air conditioners and a subsidiary of Johnson Controls. Recently the firm inaugurated a new factory in Ciudad Juarez creating 390 new jobs. The new plant started-up operations in May of last year working at minimum capacity. And then later it was finally inaugurated after reaching full-capacity output. The growth of the company has created a context of dynamic workforce expansion, supported mainly by the Maquiladora industry. In the last five years manufacturing has been the largest-growing sector anywhere and here in town it has created over 85% of all the new jobs.