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 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.
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.
We are proud to announce the following awarded funds, supported by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce:
The U.S. Department of Transportation is slated to award SANDAG and Caltrans $49.28 million to complete Segment 2 of State Route 11 (SR11) in Otay Mesa along with two southbound connectors linking SR 905, SR 125, and SR 11, federal officials have announced.
This border infrastructure project is critical to facilitating the growing volume of trade between the United States and Mexico, and alleviating chronic congestion along the San Diego-Tijuana border. SR 11 will eventually connect to a new state-of-the-art border crossing, known as Otay Mesa East. The goal is to operate this port of entry (POE) with a 20-minute border wait time to reach primary inspection.
Read Full Press Release Here!
Plantronics, the California-based communication headset multinational with a state of the art manufacturing and design plant in Tijuana, recognized as the number one place to work in Mexico, is successfully bringing suppliers from China to Tijuana.
Megaforce and Rayson, two Taiwanese-based companies are currently setting up operations in Tijuana and are expected to hire between 200-500 employees each. Megaforce is a plastic injection molding company and Rayson produces printed circuit boards. Both companies provide very specialized services that are difficult to find in Mexico.
The Cali-Baja Region and certainly the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce are both proud to have companies, such as Plantronics, who by the way has a warehouse in Otay Mesa and contracts several service providers in our area, in our community.
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Otay Mesa Chamber Member- Foxconn Baja California hosted “The Medical Device Industry Evening” where the company announced to local authorities and industry representatives the expansion of its electronic manufacturing services into the medical device sector.
Now fully operational, the expansion includes a new clean room that will allow the company to streamline their medical device operations.
Read full article on Tijuana EDC’s website
Starting in July, thousands of pedestrians can expect a choice when crossing the border from Tijuana to San Ysidro. A new entrance called PedWest is scheduled to open on the west side of the port’s vehicle lanes, augmenting the current entrance on the east. The PedWest entrance initially will have 12 lanes that connect with Mexico’s El Chaparral facility. The plan for PedWest is that 10 lanes normally would serve pedestrians entering the United States, with two lanes set aside for southbound crossers. But depending on demand, their directions could be reversed.
Click here for US Embassy Official Press Release
Click here for full San Diego UT article
Thumbsat recently opened a testing and manufacturing facility in Tijuana. Please see the full article with details about this exciting new project in the Cali-Baja Region.
Fox the sixth consecutive year, the manufacturing and research facility in Tijuana owned by Santa-Cruz based Plantronics ranked the number one place to work in Mexico (yes, the entire nation of Mexico). Congratulations to our friend Jorge Ruvalcaba and his team, Plant Manger for Plantronics in Tijuana.
Click here to read the full article (in Spanish)
Last Friday, CALTRANS and SANDAG celebrated several crucial developments related to border infrastructure in Otay Mesa:
1) The opening of SR-11 Phase 1
2) The upcoming groundbreaking of the SR-125 southbound connectors and progress on the northbound SR-125 connectors, which should be completed the end of this year.
Thank you for moving our projects forward!