WESLACO, Texas – Tim Jones, manufacturing and engineering manager for Cinch Connectivity Solutions, got a big round of applause at a recent RGV LEAD event when he said manufacturing is coming back.
Jones was a panelist at the group’s “State of Education & Industry in the Rio Grande Valley” event. It was held at the Knapp Medical Conference Center in Weslaco.
Interviewed afterwards, Jones said he is confident manufacturing is coming back because the U.S. is the strongest country in the world. The timing of his remarks could not have been better because Manufacturing Day was later in the week.
“We are going to get manufacturing back because we have the dedication, we have the resources, and we have the talent,” Jones told the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service.
And, Jones said, the best place to manufacture is in the Rio Grande Valley. He said his company has moved down to the region from Oklahoma and Minnesota.
“Manufacturers are going to realize what we realized that everything flows through Texas. And to come into Texas and to get to Mexico you have to go through the RGV,” Jones said.
Cinch Connectivity Solutions has had a manufacturing presence in Reynosa since the 1980s. “They’re one of the oldest maquiladora plants in Reynosa,” Jones said. The Reynosa plant has about 900 employees. Its McAllen plant has about 160 employees.
In Reynosa, Cinch builds parts for the Boeing 737. In McAllen, the company has a production machine shop. “If you fly one of the most popular airplanes in the world, there’s a good chance you’re flying on a product that comes from the RGV,” Jones said.
Cinch has donated manufacturing equipment to South Texas College and started an academy with the college. “So, when their students get out of their courses, they can move right over and get into our base operator positions,” Jones explained.
In his remarks, Jones said Cinch’s technical services manager liked the Valley so much he decided to move down here, just like Jones did many years ago.
“The RGV is a great place to be. The weather’s great, the workplaces here are great. The people are great. So he saw it. He was coming down here for about two years. And finally he decided, you know what, I’m gonna come down with you because you seem pretty happy,” Jones said of the manager.
“I moved down here about 16 years ago and I was only supposed to be here three years and I’m still here.”
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