The advantage of Southern Sonora.
Sonora is shaped like a funnel and the region beneath the state capital of Hermosillo is an extensive area that lies between the pristine blue water of the Gulf of California and the magnificent Sierra Madre, thus providing an exceptional quality of life and a safe place to raise a young family. Some leisure activities in the region include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, scuba diving, wind surfing, kayaking, fishing and camping.
Southern Sonora’s main manufacturing centers are located at Guaymas, Empalme, Ciudad Obregón and Navojoa. The region is home to over 1,025,367 inhabitants that has distinguished themselves for outstanding work ethic and employer loyalty. These people pride themselves in learning new manufacturing skills, then in combination with the many young talents graduating from the region’s trade schools, colleges and universities are the driving force in the transformation from an agricultural to a manufacturing society.
The twin cities of Guaymas and Empalme
Surely, this area with a combined population of 214,223 has propelled in less than thirty years to help Sonora acquire the largest cluster of aero-engines manufacturers in Mexico. Some of the companies that has production facilities in Guaymas/Empalme are GE, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce.
The Ciudad Obregón-Navojoa corridor
This corridor sit in the middle of Mexico’s three most productive agricultural basins created by the Yaqui, the Mayo and the Fuerte rivers and has for over a century been the breadbasket of Mexico. This is the hub of a region that comprise several adjoining cities and municipalities such as Alamos, Bacúm, Benito Juarez, Huatabampo and Etchojoa, that together has a population that exceed 811,144 inhabitants.
Cities such as Navojoa are indeed beyond the border, therefore it does not have the traffic, safety concerns and the negative impact of high turnover rate that affect manufacturers. Then its proximity to Arizona of only 375 miles (600 km) allows trucks reach the Mariposa port of entry in Nogales in just 7 hours through the new all concrete pavement highway. Located in between two deep-water multi-modal ports, only 122 miles (196 km) south of Guaymas and 120 miles (192 km) north of Topolobampo. The region is serviced by four major airports (Hermosillo, Guaymas, Obregón and Los Mochis) and two general aviation airfields (Navojoa and Alamos). Then, when there is need for critical air cargo, these can be shipped through Tucson or Phoenix Sky Harbor located one and three hours respectively from the Nogales border.
This strategic location, its fast-paced workers and the ability to get products to market is being accomplished through the partnership of Mexico’s SAT and United States CBP officers conducting joint inspections of cargo leaving Mexico and entering the United States that has cut truck processing time from 4 hours to only 20 minutes at the state-of-the art Mariposa customs compound.
After logic and correct assessment, Southern Sonora is the ideal solution for large or small-sized manufacturers with limited human and financial resources that are seeking to reduce cost, avoid being at a border city and still enjoy the proximity to the United States.