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“Reviewing 2020 is a study of contrasts,” Border Industrial Association (BIA) Board of Directors Chairman Guillermo Lopez said in his message in the BIA’s 2020 annual report on the progress it made last year in the Santa Teresa industrial base.
On one hand, Lopez said, Covid-19 causes supply-chain issues for many BIA members, and forced many “to implement new ways of operating to keep employees safe.” On the other hand, he said, “2020 was the most successful year the Santa Teresa industrial base has had in terms of company recruitment and new construction.”
“Between 2020 and the projects slated to begin construction in 2021, we will have built or will be building 1.33 million square feet of new industrial space in our Santa Teresa region,” BIA President Jerry Pacheco said. “The BIA is a driving force in making this happen, and in creating new investment and good-paying jobs. This is the reason the Santa Teresa region now accounts for 60 percent of New Mexico’s total exports to the world.”
Here are some of BIA’s highlights from 2020, as outlined by Lopez in the annual report:
The pandemic caused New Mexico’s exports to the world to drop by 21 percent (down from $4.7 billion in 2019 to $3.7 billion) in 2020, Lopez said. At the same time, exports to Mexico only declined by 8 percent, which he said was due mostly to supply-chain issues at the onset of the health crisis. Despite Covid-19, there was a record number of commercial truck crossings in 2020, with an average of more than 650 northbound trucks crossing the U.S.-Mexico border daily, Lopez said.
“All the growth during pandemic proved how essential our industrial base is and what a force we have become on the border,” he said. “Even though we are not quite yet out of the threats posed by the pandemic, 2021 promises to be another successful year with all the new construction planned, and new prospects to be recruited.”
Headquartered in Santa Teresa, BIA is an industrial advocacy organization that focuses on improving the business environment for its members and the region. It consists of 125 members located in or doing business in the Santa Teresa region. BIA members represent more than 6,000 jobs and more than $1 billion of private investment in southern New Mexico.