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Flex factory expects to add 6,000 more jobs

New plant in Jalisco will employ 5,000 to start, making high-tech footwear for Nike

Multinational manufacturer Flex Ltd. anticipates creating an additional 6,000 jobs over the next two years at its new footwear factory in Zapopan, Jalisco, where it will make high-tech sports shoes for Nike.

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The new manufacturing plant, located about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Guadalajara, will initially employ 5,000 workers but by the end of 2019 that number is expected to grow to 11,000.

The 57,000-square-meter factory — which boasts its own cogeneration energy plant — and the joint manufacturing project with Nike required an investment of around 2 billion pesos (US $107.2 million).

At the official opening Tuesday, Jalisco Governor Aristóteles Sandoval said that his government also played a part in attracting the United States-based company to build its new factory in the state.

“We are working together to reduce problems, create the conditions for [and] drive [economic growth] through incentives,” he said.

“Flex has . . . committed to create jobs as long as the government offers support and incentives; together we are achieving that. Five thousand jobs [initially], but what follows and what is most important is that we’re heading towards 11,000 jobs,” he added.

Sandoval is also confident that future cutting-edge technologies will be developed and made in Jalisco, given Flex’s expertise in the field.

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The mayor of Zapopan also recognized the contribution that the company is making to the local economy.

“I want to recognize the effort that Flex makes, because in addition . . . a large part of these sneakers that we are seeing today are designed here in Zapopan by local designers [and] local creators who add value to the products,” Pablo Lemus said.

Flex isn’t just about shoes but about “how we can improve our lives,” he added.

The company employs a total of 44,000 people in Mexico, making up 22% of its global workforce. It first started operations in Jalisco 21 years ago and has grown to become one of the state’s largest private employers.

Flex’s president for global operations stressed how important its activities in Mexico were for the company, adding that he had taken a personal interest in the growth that has been achieved in Jalisco.

“Over the years I have witnessed how Flex has become the biggest employer on this side of Jalisco and how we transformed this small operation into a place where people grow and prosper with a clear focus on doing the right thing by the environment and the community,” François Barbier said.

Source: Milenio (sp), El Diario NTR (sp)

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  • WestCoastHwy

    Make Mexico great finally!

  • Happy Girl

    My husband and I absolutely love Flexi shoes we always go home with several pairs each every year…they are so well made, stylish, comfortable and long wearing. They are priced well and are comparable to Rockport and other famous brands…at a fraction of the cost. Keep up your quality standards and you will continue to grow.

    • alance

      The quality of Flexi shoes has been slipping the last couple of years. This article is not about Flexi shoes.

  • Gabriel Heiser

    Gee, I just bought my first pair of Flexi shoes a couple weeks ago. I knew nothing about them. This is a great story!

  • Güerito

    Flexi shoes is completely unrelated this multinational Flex Ltd.

  • Bob Esseltine

    Some errors in this report. The photo shows a Flextronics factory which is a company that does contract manufacturing of electronics (such as cellular phones, etc.). The article seems to talk about Flex – the manufacturer of shoes. Two different companies.

    • Güerito

      An error in your comment.

      See my comment posted earlier.

      • Bob Esseltine

        No not at all. I am merely trying to point out to other posters that this article is about the contract manufacturer Flextronics International (NASDAQ: FLEX) that is a contract manufacturer for Nike shoes and NOT the Mexican company Flexi in Leon that also is a manufacturer of footwear. Flextronics also has a couple of other factories in the Guadalajara area that do contract manufacturing of electronics on behalf of other clients.

        • Güerito

          The article never talks about the Mexican shoe compay Flexi. The article talks about Flex now making some high tech tennis shoes, so some readers, such as you, assumed the article was talking about Flexi. They, and you, were wrong.

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