Nationwide Pilot for New Cargo Clearance/Inspections Program to begin in Tijuana

The Mexican agency, SAT, has announced that Tijuana will be the nationwide pilot for the PITA program, a cargo, vehicle and video surveillance program that will replace all other SAT systems including SIAVE. The new system is expected to dramatically speed up cargo processing times and will include non-manned booths that are geared up with RFID technology and paperless systems at the Mexican import facility at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. SIAVE is the system currently being used to “inspect” southbound vehicles. SAT is also launching DODA-QR, which will be mandatory in May of this year and will serve as temporary program, while PITA is transitioned in. DODA-QR is a one-paper system where multiple “pedimentos” can be included through a QR code. A detailed presentation will be available in the next few weeks.

Murphy Development Breaks Ground on Final Class A Industrial Building in Otay Mesa

Murphy Development is nearing completion of its 2.1-million square-foot Siempre Viva Business Park (SVBP) in Otay Mesa with the recent groundbreaking of the 79,050-square-foot Building 17, located at 8500 Kerns Street.  The development team includes architect Gene Cipparone, K&S Engineering and Lusardi Construction, the general contractor.

The $11.9-million Building 17, will feature 28-foot clear height, 2,000 amps of 277/480 volt power, manufacturing sewer and water capacity, ESFR sprinklers, concrete truck courts, wide column spacing and high dock door ratios designed for distribution users.

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Warehouse Storage of Hazardous Materials

The primary mission of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is to protect the community by preventing fires and other hazardous conditions through education and enforcement of life safety codes. This is accomplished by ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and ordinances.

The storage and use of flammable chemicals presents one of the highest hazards in warehouses. This is due to the risk of fire either by direct ignition or fueling a fire that originated from another source. Other hazardous materials, such as corrosive and toxic substances, also become extreme health hazards in a fire.

Please click here to read a full article from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department on Limits for Warehouse Storage of Hazardous Materials.

Potential Otay Mesa Maintenance Assessment District (MAD)

If you aren’t familiar with this funding mechanism, MADs are a stable funding source for organizations of property owners working to improve their district. There are currently over 60 MADs in the City of San Diego, in which owners within the district work together to make significant improvements, attract and retain tenants and businesses, develop the area and provide needed services above and beyond the levels the City currently provides.

Below, you will find a map of the proposed boundaries of the Otay Mesa MAD.

If you are a property owner within the proposed boundaries, please take a moment to complete this survey. –SURVEY LINK–  Your input is what will make the Otay Mesa MAD formation a possibility. If we determine that there is enough support to move forward to the MAD formation phase, your answers to these questions will help us develop an initial service plan and cost estimates for those services.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Executive Director, Alejandra Mier y Teran at (619) 661-6111 ext 7, or via email at [email protected] and take a look at our FAQ document.



ICON Aircraft Arrives in Tijuana

Last week, ICON Aircraft executives announced they are setting up a manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Baja California for the production of the complete composite airframe for the ICON A5 light sport aircraft. ICON expects the facility to be complete early 2017. ICON’s Tijuana facility will deliver composite structures to their California facility for final assembly and flight test.

To meet the demand, ICON is initiating serial production and has selected Tijuana as a site for composite production because of its established industrial infrastructure, skilled labor force, and proximity to ICON’s aircraft assembly facility in California.

With an investment of over $150 million dollars, and a workforce over 1,000 people, ICON is making a significant investment in Tijuana that will benefit the city and the country.

To read a full article (in Spanish), click here.

Baja California Governor Announces Major Investment of German Medical Device Firm

Baja California Governor announced a major investment in the medical device sector. CODAN, manufacturer of IV sets and accessories for infusion and transfusion therapy will open a manufacturing facility in Tijuana, the so called Mexico´s medical device hub.

The announcement was made during Governor’s official visit to CODAN’s headquarters in Lensahn, Germany. This project is expected to bring 150 new jobs to the state in the first phase, which is planned to be accomplished by 2020.

San Diego-Based Cubic is Expanding to Otay Mesa

Cubic Corporation is a global leader which designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications markets. The company recently leased a 39,000 square foot building in Otay Mesa. The facility will employ up to 40 employees in the South Bay. Based in Kearny Mesa, Cubic understands the importance of the cross-border synergies between their San Diego headquarters and their Tijuana facility, both of them housing around 400 employees.

Our San Diego/Tijuana facilities allow us to gain a ‘competitive edge’ in our global market, while producing products with the highest quality” said Jim Pisciotta, VP of Operations.

With manufacturing facilities throughout the world, including San Diego, California; Tullahoma, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida and Auckland, New Zealand; the new facility will be focused on supporting the warehousing needs for San Diego and Tijuana. Cubic’s Otay Mesa facility will house a warehouse and a repair shop and is expected to be operational in September 2016. Thank you Cubic for investing in our Cali-Baja Region and showing the world that working together makes our companies stronger.