REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – For a seventh consecutive month, Reynosa has seen an increase in a number of jobs generated by the maquila and manufacturing industries.

Enrique Castro Septien

The city currently has 119,029 people employed formally at maquila plants.

The growth has been gradual, according to the president of INDEX-Reynosa, Enrique Castro Septien. “From January 1st to July 31st, there have been 9,463 new jobs,” Castro Septien said.

According to the INEGI (National Institute of Statistics, Geography, and Information), IMMEX (maquila and manufacturing companies that export product) companies have created 13,942 jobs in Tamaulipas during the same period of time.

Analyzing those two figures, Reynosa is the city that brings the most jobs to the maquila industry, with around 70 percent.

Reynosa is followed by Matamoros with 55,840 jobs, and Nuevo Laredo with 31,558 jobs, which brings a total of 231,864 formal jobs to the manufacturing industry, Castro Septien said. Reynosa is ranked second in the nation for generating more new jobs between January and July, just after Tijuana, according to INEGI. Tijuana created 11,736 new jobs in that period of time.

“The fact that Reynosa grows this way in the creation of formal employment is not a coincidence and is a reflection of the effort that INDEX has made to contribute to competitiveness in this region, the tranquility at work, and the setup that we have had to coordinate with the authorities of the three levels of government,” said Castro Septién.

One hundred fifty-one maquila companies operate in Reynosa, Castro Septién said. This is only one more than last year, which means that the new jobs have been generated mostly because of expansion projects inside the industries that were already operating in the city. This point was also made recently by McAllen Economic Development Corporation President Keith Patridge, in a speech at a McAllen South Rotary Club meeting.

Reynosa may get even more manufacturing jobs in the months to come. Tamaulipas Secretary of Economic Development, Carlos W. Talancón Ostos, is on a trade mission to China, Japan and Korea seeking auto suppliers for the KIA Motors Mexico auto plant in Pesquería, Nuevo León. KIA does not want its supply chain too close to the plant, making Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros good locations for supplier firms.