Los Dos Laredos
November 15, 2022
Los Dos Laredos
The dynamics of international borders are full of opportunity, especially for manufacturing operations. The opportunity lies in the ability to leverage each country’s unique economic strengths, such as talent pipelines, suppliers, and regulatory/tax structures. The Rio South Texas region, located on the US Mexico border where the US State of Texas, the Mexican State of Tamaulipas and the Gulf of Mexico all meet, is one of those dynamic regions full of opportunity.
“Los Dos Laredos” (The Two Laredos), a binational metropolitan zone made up of the sister communities of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, is one of six binational pairs in Rio South Texas. And Medline, a manufacturer and distributor of essential medical supplies serving the healthcare industry, is one of the manufacturing companies effectively leveraging the strengths of “Los Dos Laredos”.
Medline, currently listed as one of Forbes´ top 20 privately held companies in America, began operations in both Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, and Laredo, Texas in 1988, twenty-two years after the Company was founded in Northfield, Illinois. Joaquin Nacher, Medline´s senior vice president of operations & supply chain, shared that Medline manufactures surgical kit components in both their Nuevo Laredo and Laredo plants. The Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas plant is specialized on the sub assembly of medical components and the Laredo, Texas facility is devoted to the final production of surgical kits. These kits are made up of sterile surgical packs that contain all the disposable items necessary for in-patient and out-patient procedures, covering a wide array of surgeries from a simple tonsillectomy to open heart operations.
Leveraging a binational metropolitan zone of sister communities to set up twin plants on both sides of the border has allowed Medline to maximize cooperative advantages and create added value in operations. This has allowed Medline to achieve success in meeting quality and financial goals at scale. Speaking of scale, combined, Medline’s plants in “Los Dos Laredos” employ over 5,200 team members.
If you would like to emulate Medline’s success and are interested in manufacturing products in North America for North America, take a look at what Rio South Texas has to offer. Our team at COSTEP would be glad to assist you, so please visit us at www.costep.org or connect with us at @COSTEP to learn more.
Article : Aayancy Ulloa Luna