Mexico’s ‘Other’ City

While Guadalajara and Juarez get most of the press, the city of Saltillo, Mexico, has a lot going for it in terms of manufacturing capacity and infrastructure.

To that end, this podcast with Powerbrace Corp. hosted by The Offshore Group on the subject of establishing a manufacturing supplier base is worth a listen.

Although many manufacturers from the U.S. and other nations have production facilities in Saltillo, sometimes referred to as “Little Detroit,” not all of them take full advantage of the local Mexican supplier network that has grown in the city and the region over the last several decades.

Saltillo is apparently known for its technical expertise, with precision machine shops, foundries, steel mills, heat treating facilities and powder coating operations, plastic injection molding and other services. Saltillo also is home to 19 technical and 14 vocational schools.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow