Sunday, July 10, 2011

Despite Violence, Mexico Plants Hum at Border - NYTimes.com

Despite Violence, Mexico Plants Hum at Border - NYTimes.com

MATAMOROS, Mexico — When the latest bloody headlines from the drug war in Mexico reach headquarters in New York, Ken Chandler, the manager of an American electronics manufacturing plant here, jumps on the phone.

He is not begging to come home. He is begging to stay.

Not that his employer, Spellman High Voltage, needs much assurance. Like a crop of other manufacturers at the border, including six companies in this city alone, Spellman is expanding its operations, with a new plant under construction after making a calculation that offers one of the starker paradoxes of these violent days in Mexico.

Despite the bleak outlook the drug war summons, the Mexican economy is humming along, not without warning signs, but growing considerably faster than that of the United States.

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