Following a record breaking fiscal year in 2015, HARTING North America has expanded by opening a sales office as well as a manufacturing facility in Mexico.
“The current economic conditions in Mexico offer enormous potential for HARTING,” said Jon DeSouza, President and CEO of HARTING North America at the Grand Opening in Mexico. “This is exemplified by the country’s expansion of their railway system, which indicates strong growth now and for the future in the transportation and machinery market – incidentally two of HARTING’s largest vertical markets.”
The sales office and manufacturing facility are an important step forward in HARTING’s strategy enabling them to better support their North American customers. HARTING Mexico Sales is located in Mexico City and HARTING Mexico Manufacturing is in Silao in the GTO region. The sales and plant locations play a critical role in HARTING’s ability to provide North American customers competitive solutions
Located in the Miguel Hidalgo borough in Mexico City in the ultra-modern Torre Virreyes building, HARTING Mexico Sales S.A. de C.V. joins more than 40 other HARTING subsidiaries worldwide. “We have consciously chosen this location because here in Mexico City we’re close to our key customers and the decision-makers at the center of the Mexican economy,” said CEO and General Partner Mr. Philip Harting during the event’s opening speech.
The event began with a ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by tours of the HARTING office. “It’s important for our customers to know that HARTING is here,” said Jon DeSouza, President and CEO HARTING of North America, “We have invested in resources in Mexico including local staff and an office to support them.” After the tours, guests and HARTING shared a celebratory four-course dinner followed by a performance from a traditional Mexican dance troupe.
The following day, HARTING North America officially opened HARTING Mexico Manufacturing S.A. de C.V. in Silao. This facility joins 13 other HARTING manufacturing plants worldwide. The event began with a welcome speech by Cristina Cristea, Chief Operating Officer HARTING of North America, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and toast from Mr. Philip Harting, CEO and General Partner. It concluded with a tour of the newly established factory.
The new facility reinforces the capabilities of HARTING’s established Elgin facility and is designed for high-volume, high-quality production, and optimized for operational efficiency and cost savings. Like all of HARTING’s manufacturing facilities, the Silao facility will operate under a single, rigorous quality protocol. Constant in-process inspections, including visual, hipot, pull-force and cross-sectioning testing, as well as customer-specified tests, ensure HARTING’s customers highly-reliable products. HARTING’s standardized approach to QA ensures easy transitions between facilities for tailored production plans that fully leverage HARTING’s global scale.
Sited within a mile of Guanajuato International Airport with a co-located customs warehouse, this facility offers quick, uninterrupted delivery from plant, to warehouse, to customer. In addition, the facility is in close proximity to universities in León provide access to a highly-skilled workforce. The plant operates under the IMMEX Program and is expected to create over 200 manufacturing jobs in the next 5 years.