The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC) organized and coordinated an industrial tour to two aerospace manufacturing plants in the City of Mexicali on December 7th, 2016. The purpose of the tour was to promote the Aerospace Supply Chain Initiative of the U.S. Commercial Service. The U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The USCS has offices throughout the U.S. and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in nearly 80 countries, with a global network of trade professionals to connect U.S. companies with international buyers, providing market intelligence, trade counseling, business matchmaking, and advocacy and commercial diplomacy support.

The Aerospace Supply Chain Initiative’s aim is to effectively enhance communication and collaboration for the advancement of the bi-national region’s competitiveness, promote business interaction between Mexico and U.S., leverage resources, lower supply chain costs and delivery time of products and services for the local Aerospace companies. This was the first of several events planned by the IVEDC for the near future with U.S. Commercial Service.

San Diego CITD International Trade Specialist, Monica Rosas, participated in the tour and provided information on San Diego CITD resources and services to tour attendees and manufacturing plants personnel. Throughout the day, the Mexicali Industrial Development Commission (CDI) and the State of Baja California Secretariat of Economic Development representatives joined the group and provided a presentation of Mexicali and its Aerospace sector during lunch. The manufacturing plants visited were Triumph Insulation Systems – Mexicali and Honeywell Aerospace ISC. At both plants attendees were able to meet plant managers and their team and were provided a tour of their facilities.