Connecting U.S. suppliers with Mexican manufacturing

Chris Schlesinger, president and CEO of Tucson-based Best Finishing, said she had long been eyeing the maquila sector in Nogales, Sonora as a new market for her small business, a value-added reseller of equipment and supplies to the metal-finishing industry.

But she needed help with issues like setting up a warehouse in the city, and getting a foot in the door with potential customers. So someone suggested she call Matt Baker of the U.S. Commercial Service, a division of the Department of Commerce that helps U.S. companies find new international business partners.

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