REYNOSA, Mexico – First the president of INDEX Reynosa gave a presentation about the year ahead for the maquiladora industry in Reynosa and now he plans to do the same in the Rio Grande Valley.

INDEX President Alejandro ‘Alex’ Avila will speak at the McAllen Convention Center next Monday, in an event organized by McAllen Economic Development Corporation. Avila and MEDC President Keith Patridge are good friends and have known each other for 14 years.

Alejandro 'Alex' Avila says UT Rio Grande Valley is to become an associate member of INDEX Reynosa.
Alejandro ‘Alex’ Avila says UT Rio Grande Valley is to become an associate member of INDEX Reynosa.

In his speech in Reynosa, Avila spoke about security issues, Mexico’s competitiveness with China, and the importance of regional cooperation with the Rio Grande Valley. Aliva will serve one year as president with an option on a second. He was previously vice president. Click here to read the Rio Grande Guardian’s interview with Avila.

“McAllen Economic Development Corporation along with INDEX Reynosa will be introducing INDEX’s president for 2015,” said Adriana Treviño, marketing director for MEDC, in reference to the event at the McAllen Convention Center. “The new president will go over objectives for 2015 and present updates on industrial business, security, and technology. Two new professional marketing videos will also be presented to show the strategic competitiveness and relationship between McAllen and Reynosa.”

Click here to watch the new video Index Reynosa has posted on You Tube.

INDEX Reynosa is one of the strongest local groups in the national INDEX chain. Otherwise known as the Asociación de Maquiladoras y Manufactureras, INDEX is a powerful trade association for maquila operators. According to the MEDC, the association decided in 2004 to obtain a certification from the Management System: ISO 9001 in order to comply with the quality level expected by global customers. By having a certification, INDEX promises “ethical workmanship, quality control and customer satisfaction.”

MEDC is a not-for-profit corporation under contract with the City of McAllen to “create jobs by attracting new industry and helping existing companies expand within the city and in Reynosa.” The MEDC team works with prospective industrial clients, handles marketing, public affairs and provides corporate support to existing manufacturing and supplier companies, Treviño said.

MEDC is an associate member of INDEX. “The win-win relationship between INDEX and MEDC creates synergy and focus on a common vision that assists the progress of the current and future success of the maquiladora industry and community in general,” Treviño said.

In his interview with the Rio Grande Guardian, Avila said UT Rio Grande Valley would be joining INDEX as an associate member.

The event at the McAllen Convention Center takes place January 26, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.