EL PASO, TX — A second foreign company has announced a multi-million dollar manufacturing investment in neighboring Chihuahua, Mexico.
France-based Safran Group will pump an initial US$10 million into a new airplane-seats factory that’ll bring up to 800 jobs to the state, Mexican officials said.
The company already manufactures electrical harnesses for Embraer’s Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 business aircraft at a Chihuahua City plant. The new plant, also in Chihuahua City, will assemble airplane seats for Boeing aircraft, state officials said.
This is the second major foreign investment in the state. it is worth mentioning that a Canadian off-road vehicle manufacturer BRP announced it would build a new facility in Juarez for its Can-Am brand.
“Safran’s project comes during difficult times for the state and brings a measure of positivity,” said Alejandra de la Vega, secretary of Economic Development and Innovation for the state of Chihuahua.
Safran has been operating in Mexico for the past 25 years and employs 13,000 production and maintenance workers and engineers. The company bills itself as Mexico’s largest employer in the aerospace industry.
Daniel Parfait, Safran’s president of operations in Mexico, said the company has had to reorganize and realign its production chain in Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to trade industry news reports, the company barely in May cut back 3,000 jobs elsewhere.
Source: East Texas Matters