Solar Turbine Inc. is a subsidiary of Caterpillar headquartered in San Diego, California, with offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. The principal markets of this corporation are the oil and gas industry and industrial power generation; some of its main customers are Sempra Energy and Pemex.
This company started its Tijuana operations in 1985 under the name Turbotec. Today it has 979 employees, 876 of whom work in the manufacturing assembly of industrial turbines. Also, Tijuana's manufacturing facility is well known for being in charge of the region's equipment maintenance.
Turbotec remanufactures over 600,000 core and customer-owned parts annually. The company's employees efficiently disassemble the components and assemblies from Texas's plant and return them to "like new condition."
In 2011 Turbotec was awarded Mexico's top quality award, as the "Best Large Manufacturing Plant" in all Mexico.
Tijuana is located in the northwest corner of Mexico, just minutes away from California and the Pacific Basin, providing just-in-time access to one of the world's largest and wealthiest market. It offers a competitively skilled work force and is one of Mexico's top industrial cities with burgeoning manufacturing activity centered on medical devices, aerospace, and electronics. World-class manufacturing companies with a Tijuana presence include Solar Turbines, Bourns, Plantronics, Panasonic, Toyota, Samsung, and many more.
Currently, Tijuana is on a path to be the innovation-driven production capital of Latin America, with significant supply-chain opportunities. The city offers modern industrial parks and is one of Mexico's most mature industrial real estate markets.
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