Sonora is the second largest and the most literate state in Mexico. It provides vast resources and highly-skilled human resources to manufacturing and distribution companies seeking to reap on the benefits of doing business in Mexico while strategically locating near their United States operations and/or clients.
Among its key benefits, the State of Sonora offers:
- Strategic location: Proximity to the border and interior cities in Arizona, particularly Nogales and Tucson
- High availability of well trained workforce: 2,500 graduates per year, with engineering and technical degrees
- A non-migrant and stable workforce: Over 86% are native to the state
- World class infrastructure: International airports, deep sea port, privately owned railroad service, modern transportation infrastructure
- High technology opportunities: Modern telecommunications systems
- Higher human development: Among the first eight states in all Mexico
- Wide availability of natural resources: Abundant land, electrical power and water supply
- Government Incentives: New corporations are exempt from paying some taxes
- Rapidly growing retail and second-residence real estate industry, Resort destinations such as Puerto Peñasco and San Carlos
Sonora is home to the largest automotive project in North America. With an investment of 1.2 billion US dollars, the Ford assembly plant in Hermosillo developed a CD3 platform capable of producing 300,000 units a year of new Ford, Mercury and Lincoln models beginning in 2005. As a result, a new supplier industrial park was developed in front of the Ford plant, housing numerous Tier 1 supplier companies.