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Sunday Xtra – jobs for Borderland residents

EL PASO, Texas- If you're looking for a job in the Borderland, good news. Not only are there "Job Opening" signs posted throughout our area, but companies are also opening businesses from one end of the Borderland to another.

You may recall Amazon is opening a 625,000 square-foot facility in Horizon employing as many as 500 workers.
The minimum pay is $15 an hour.

Some businesses are expanding, while some developers are building warehouses without tenants, anticipating that if they build them, they will come.

Sunday on ABC-7 Xtra, the city's interim director for economic development discusses what sort of incentives are being offered and if those incentives are contingent upon providing jobs for borderland residents.

Schneider Electric already has three manufacturing plants in El Paso. It is adding a fourth, a 160-thousand square foot facility in Northwest El Paso.

The new plant is part of a $100-million dollar regional investment to increase production and speed the delivery of electrical products to customers.

The company is receiving almost $1.5 million dollars in incentives.

And in Santa Teresa, developers are opening what are called speculative warehouses.

Those are 625,000 square-foot warehouses without tenants, but once completed, will be ready for any company to move in.

The key for the developer building these warehouses is the area's proximity to the US/Mexico Border.

Overseeing the explosion of businesses in Santa Teresa for the past 30 years is the president of the Border Industrial Association, Jerry Pacheco.

"We have all the elements here put together. We have a good public / private sector relationship, Good infrastructure, we have our own port of entry, which is just growing like crazy," Pacheco told ABC 7.

Pacheco says that from 2020 to 2021 factory exports in Santa Teresa are up 48 percent.

Will that number climb as more warehouses are built? Find out the answer to that question, Sunday on ABC 7 Xtra AT 10:35 p.m.

Saul Saenz

El Paso native Saul Saenz is a veteran reporter who also hosts ABC-7 Extra.

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