Border Business: An In-Depth Look At Mexico's Maquiladora Industry

In the face of a global economic slump that sent the U.S. into a deep recession, Mexico's maquilladora (manufacturing) industry has weathered the downturn and is expanding. In the latest multimedia series, Fronteras: The Changing America Desk analyzes why the manufacturing sector near the border is thriving - despite Mexico's violent drug war. We also look at what the future holds for this industry that produces a myriad of products, from the cars we drive, to the televisions we view, to the medical devices we rely on.

In 1965, U.S. companies helped start Mexico's manufacturing boom that later paved the way for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In the first of a multimedia series, we look at the industry that is now responsible for about half of all Mexican exports.
September 27, 2011
The amount of aerospace companies with operations in Baja California has grown dramatically in recent years. In the next installment of our ongoing series, some experts argue this can lead to a cross-border aerospace industry that could benefit the U.S. economy.
September 28, 2011
An industrial hub is rising out of the desert in southern New Mexico that promises to boost the state's business relationship with neighboring Mexico.
October 03, 2011
Though competition from Asia lingers and their success will always go up and down according to the ebb and flow of the U.S. economy, maquiladoras are holding steady. As part of a continuing series, some predict they will continue to grow next year.
October 06, 2011
In the final part of our ongoing series, we turn to the maguiladora workers. Many have enjoyed a higher standard of living thanks to the factory jobs. But a maquila advocacy group claims many have been subjected to years of exploitation.
October 12, 2011
Jimmy Hoffa Jr. was joined by Congressmen Bob Filner and Duncan Hunter, showing bipartisan distress with new trucking access.
October 19, 2011
A man who owns a sportfishing business in Mexico says Dorado and other species are being caught and imported into the U.S. illegally.
January 10, 2012
Benjamin Arellano-Felix, the former leader of a major Mexican drug trafficking organization, was sentenced in San Diego on Monday to 25 years in prison. Some observers are surprised by the light sentence and question whether such prosecutions have done much to stem the bloodshed in Mexico, and the flow of drugs to the U.S.
April 03, 2012
High-ranking policy makers and business leaders from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are meeting outside of Phoenix to discuss next steps for the binational relationship. Trade between the two countries is at record levels, but those at the conference say the relationship hasn't reached it's full potential.
September 25, 2012
Some states, lagging behind in the export business, see golden opportunity in Mexico's ports.
October 29, 2012
Some states, lagging behind in the export business, see golden opportunity in Mexico's ports.
October 29, 2012
On Thursday in Tecate, Mexico, a partially constructed-drug tunnel was discovered by the Mexican army.
December 06, 2012
Less than two weeks after his inauguration, Mexico’s new president Enrique Peña Nieto met with business leaders in Tijuana on Wednesday. He got a long list of requests.
December 12, 2012
The Latino vote, The Best Quesadilla of 2012, border drones, Nafta and piggy banks, Fronteras Desk looks back at some of their favorite stories of the year.
December 22, 2012
The Latino vote, The Best Quesadilla of 2012, border drones, Nafta and piggy banks, Fronteras Desk looks back at some of their favorite stories of the year.
December 22, 2012
As the Latino population grows, one family-owned, Southern California business is booming thanks to Latinos' love for home-cooked food and food from the home country.
February 20, 2013
There has been a major increase in the number of businesses reporting extortion attempts in Mexico, according to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico.
June 20, 2013
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