Over the past decade, manufacturing in Mexicali has added to the city’s economic strength, earning it the distinction of having one of Mexico’s highest standards of living, especially along the border.
A large, highly educated work force, combined with available low-wage labor, has helped attract multinational organizations for manufacturing in Mexico. Mexicali has succeeded in attracting many different industries, including aerospace, medical device, electronic, automotive and clean energy. In 2004, a 9,900-acre industrial area called Silicon Border was developed with the purpose of becoming the world’s next semiconductor manufacturing center. While the economic downturn of 2009 slowed the progress of this development, it has since recovered and the Mexican federal and Baja State government is committed to make it a long-term success.