Merida, Yucatan — A new glass manufacturing plant will bring more than 3,000 jobs to the area.
The 59-year-old Yucatecan company Vidrios Millet showed off its new plant, one of the largest of its kind in Mexico, to a group of visitors that included Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal.
The factory will begin operating at full capacity by the end of this year.
Vidrios Millet is one of the seven companies investing a combined. 5.5 billion pesos to create 10,000 direct jobs, and another 34,000 jobs indirectly — outside service jobs that support the manufacturer.
In the case of Vidrios Millet, the jobs that it will generate will not only be for blue-collar workers, but also engineers. Mechatronics, electromechanics, electricity and systems experts will run its automated processes and cutting-edge technological equipment.
Accompanied by Miguel Millet Ancona, general director of the company, and Labor Secretary Ernesto Herrera Novelo, the group toured the plant, which occupies 54 acres / 22 hectares along the Mérida-Tizimín highway.
Some work has already begun in the partially completed complex.
Vidrios Millet supplies tempered, laminated, insulated and screen-printed architectural glass to markets in the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean.
About 1,500 tons of glass are produced each month by 1,500 workers across four plants in Yucatan and one in Quintana Roo.
The new plant is a huge leap ahead for the company. The new workers are expected to produce 6,000 tons of glass per month.
Key to reaching the hiring goal is to find more women. While the crew is 30 percent female, managers estimate a 50-50 gender split by the time the new factory is fully staffed.
The new plant will have daycare facilities for mothers who work there.
Source: La Jornada Maya