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Maquiladora

A factory in Mexico established by a U.S. company to make finished products and ship them to the United States. Maquiladoras are close to the U.S. border with Mexico. They are controversial in the United States because they are thought to take away jobs from Americans who otherwise would have manufactured the products. They are also controversial in Mexico because they are thought to exploit Mexican workers. NAFTA made maquiladoras more cost effective. In the mid-2000s, maquiladoras accounted for more than half of U.S.-Mexican trade. A maquiladora is also called a maquila.
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A start-up operation in Juarez, Mexico, in May, is expected to benefit from existing Maquilladora programs and the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The $18 billion maquilladora industry in Northern Mexico -- with primary emphasis in Tijuana -- currently employs more than 470,000 people at more than 2,100 operating plants.
Located in the heart of a thriving maquilladora enterprise development zone and important garment manufacturing region, the facility positions Tag-It Pacific to better serve the worldwide branding, trim and labeling needs of current and prospective customers, providing innovative, turnkey service as well as just-in-time delivery of a full range of trim solutions.
The company's products are manufactured by its maquilladora operations located in Tijuana, Mexico.