Security in Mexico: The Industry Experience

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For North American manufacturers, nearshore Mexico offers a desirable, product assembly-and-shipping location and a skilled, cost-effective workforce. But with the news headlines about drug cartel violence in Mexico, you may have safety concerns about doing business in the region.

Rest assured. Some Mexican manufacturers take your concerns and the safety of clients’ business extremely seriously. In fact, no one is more vigilant about client, product and employee security than Lance R. Levine, CEO of MFI International.

Lance has more than 40 years in the manufacturing business, so he’s intimately familiar with Mexico’s trade routes, and its stability. MFI has plants in El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, next to the Texas border, managing turnkey manufacturing and shelter operations.

Recently, Lance spoke to a group of manufacturers to help separate the facts from fiction concerning Mexico’s image. They were pleasantly surprised to learn that:

Fact: MFI’s thriving maquiladora industry has been untouched by cartel violence, which is 96% gang-on-gang motivated.

Fact: The number of companies that have left Mexico because of cartel activities is 0. In fact, more major auto companies, such as Audi, Honda, and Mazda, have committed to Mexico’s manufacturing industry since the cartel’s peak in 2008. And in 2011, Mexico’s auto production hit a record 2.56 million units, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Fact: Since 2011, maquiladora jobs in the city of Juarez have actually grown by 8.7%.

On December 1, Mexico welcomed a new leader, President Enrique Peña Nieto, into office. Nieto met with U.S. President Barack Obama last month and pledged to increase the number of police and military enforcers in cartel-heavy cities. As a precaution, MFI has also upped its commitment to employee, client and product safety by:

  • Increasing the security of its Mexico manufacturing plants, especially the logistic supply chain.
  • Adding CTPAT (Customs –Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) certification and procedures.
  • Participating in biweekly security committee meetings between AMAC (Association of Maquiladora plants) and police (state, federal, and city).

Mexico continues to be the preferred nearshore location for cost effective product assembly despite security concerns. To get the facts about Security in Mexico and the industry experience, visit and review MFI’s presentation for yourself.

Security in Mexico: The Industry Experience