Gali, left, and Cienfuegos at ceremony in Puebla. Gali, left, and Cienfuegos at ceremony in Puebla.

Army begins building new factory in Puebla

9-billion-peso project in municipality of Oriental

The Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) began construction this week of a 9-billion-peso (US $509-million) military factory in the Puebla municipality of Oriental.

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Regional military commander Juan Manuel Rico Gámez explained that the Oriental project will include factory buildings, warehouses, repair shops, laboratories and sports and medical facilities. The latter two will be available for the use of local residents.

Rico said the facility will also have a positive impact on the technological and polytechnic universities already established in the area, and generate an economic impact through the local purchase of raw materials and other goods and services.

Sedena chief General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda and Puebla Governor José Antonio Gali Fayad laid the factory’s first stone at a ceremony on Tuesday.

Cienfuegos said once the facility is operational and manned by over 4,000 soldiers it will become an important source of economic opportunity, directly benefitting the population of Oriental.

Oriental

The governor 5,000 jobs will be created during construction and 12,000 indirect jobs once the factory is operational although it was not specified when that would be.

“Today we reassert to the people of Puebla and Mexico that our government and the armed forces are collaborating to attain great national goals.

“I am certain that the installation of the military industry augurs success and will undoubtedly contribute to the security of the area,” said the governor.

The factory will be located in La Célula, an area set aside for development in 2007 with an investment of 450 million pesos. It has since been described in some quarters as a white elephant. Facilities were constructed on the site but never used.

The state has turned over the site’s 600 hectares to the Army for the new factory.

Source: El Universal (sp), La Jornada (sp)

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  • rivernic

    The word ‘factory’ usually denotes a facility that produces some sort of product. What is the product that this factory will produce?

    • jessie

      The USA has nuclear weapons by the hundreds, do other countries question them???

      • Garry Montgomery

        I can think of quite a few, actually.

        • jessie

          The reason The USA has big concern about Mexico getting military technology ,is because they are afraid that someday Mexico will challenge The USA and recover all the land that the Anglo-saxon white Europeans refugees invaders stole from MEXICO……….

          • Garry Montgomery

            And that day cannot come soon enough. President Polk, using the U.S. military for political purposes engineered the largest land grab in history, at the point of a gun! From the East Texas border, up the Arkansas River all the way to Oregon will be returned to Mexico and “Americans” living inside that new Mexican border will need visas to go to Chicago and New York or they can apply for MX citizenship. The land grab “at the point of a gun” was illegal and the subsequent ratification, again under threat of military invasion was also illegal. Any contract made under duress of any sort, is null and void.

    • jessie

      It’s none of your business

  • Garry Montgomery

    Good question. What “product” would the Mexican military be considering? Weapons? Uniforms? The writer needed to ask a few more questions . . . unless it’s top secret defense stuff!

    • jessie

      The USA has 500 military bases around the world, do they tell the country why are they are there and what’s inside those bases???

      • Garry Montgomery

        a “base” is hardly a factory and the U.S. doesn’t promulgate where it’s doing its dirty work even if they are “factories”. The fact that Mexico is touting the new factory with sporting facilities for the locals to access, sounds a lot different from undisclosed U.S. black ops “factories.

        • Garry Montgomery

          Oh, and Jessie, how do you know there are 500? Somebody must have told you . . .

          • jessie

            Because that’s how imperialism works, by putting bases all over the world making sure nobody is growing economically and military

          • rivernic

            Oh look, a troll

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