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Sonora great for aerospace manufacturing

20 May 2015

Category: Aerospace Manufacturing, Labor & Economics, Logistics Management, Manufacturing in Mexico

Sonora is only 60 miles from Tucson, Ariz. One of its major industries is aerospace, but it is home to many other manufacturing trades. The unions are pro-business, and there are many options available for business parks. Service providers are eager to give top quality work to companies that promote local job growth.

In terms of shipping goods between the U.S. and Mexico, the local road infrastructure and proximity to the border make transportation easy. There are modern, four-lane highways running between Arizona and Nogales, one of the major cities in Sonora, and from Nogales all the way to Mexico City. These roads include the F-15 and F-2 in Mexico, along with the I-19 in the U.S., which connects to the I-10 and the I-8. There are also three international airports that are between 70 and 175 miles away.

Sonora has 2,000 kilometers of railroad track from Sinaloa to Mexico City. There is also a water port in Arizona that allows for international shipping, along with a port in Guaymas, further south, that is one of the largest in Mexico and allows for shipping through deep sea waters,according to the Arizona Star. As always, any products sent between Mexico and the U.S. enjoy the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which means that almost everything is tariff-free.

The government of Sonora is making a strong effort to strengthen local industries through educational and other resources. The people of Sonora enjoy many educational opportunities, according to Pro Nogales. There are eight universities in Nogales, and relevant majors include everything a company might need for hiring local talent who know how to build products and manage people. The local population of Nogales is about 212,000, and the workforce is strong. The unemployment rate is only about 5 percent in Mexico.

Aerospace is a manufacturing segment in Sonora. It is part of a group of states that combined provide much of the aerospace work in Mexico. Manufacturers build equipment like wire harnesses, fuselages, landing gear, engine parts, engines and turbines, composites, fuel level indicators, interiors and many other components. Some companies have been able to assemble entire planes in Mexico.

The best way to get started on your factory in Sonora, or any other Mexican state, is to contact an offshore shelter company that will help you get the help you need to get on the ground running.

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