Manufacturing/Suppliers

The region is a globally competitive manufacturing center. Our success stems from our ability to offer manufacturing companies the opportunity to engage in production sharing.  Production sharing is a strategy whereby companies produce a component, subassembly or finished product by locating production facilities in close proximity to one another, but which remain physically located in both the United States and México.

Possessing the largest bilingual and bicultural workforce in the Western Hemisphere has only added to the production-sharing success story. Delphi, Hoover, Leviton, Sumitomo and Cardinal Health are just some of the world’s largest companies employing the production-sharing strategy. 

THE STRATEGY 

While specific production-sharing strategies vary, companies have the potential to build a vertically integrated manufacturing presence in the region by placing capital-intensive component manufacturing in El Paso and Southern New Mexico and final assembly in Cd. Juárez.

As the chart below indicates, the Greater El Paso region is one of the largest manufacturing centers in North America, with more than 230,000 persons employed in manufacturing.  The vast majority are engaged in production sharing for businesses manufacturing automotive parts, medical devices, consumer products, electric motors, electronic components and more. 

 

Largest Manufacturing Centers in North America by Total Number of Manufacturing Employees 1

Region

# Employees

Los Angeles / Long Beach / Santa Ana

521,300

Chicago / Naperville / Joliet

414,100

New York City / Northern New Jersey / Long Island

354,700

San Diego / Carlsbad / San Marcos/Tijuana²

266,000

 

Dallas / Fort Worth / Arlington

 

260,000

Houston / Sugar Land / Baytown

252,400

Detroit / Warren / Livonia

229,500

North American Borderplex

227,400

Boston / Cambridge / Quincy

192,900

Seattle / Tacoma / Bellevue

188,200

Minneapolis / St. Paul / Bloomington

183,600

Philadelphia / Camden / Wilmington

179,900

San Jose / Sunnyvale / Santa Clara

159,200

Atlanta / Sandy Springs / Marietta

148,800

Cleveland / Elyria / Mentor

122,300

Sources:

  1. BLS Current Employment Statistics (Oct 2013), INEGI. Estadística Integral del Programa de la Industria Manufacturera, Maquiladora y de Servicios de Exportación. (Oct 2013)
 

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