The "International" in Vescio Manufacturing International means a lot to the company and is a rare achievment for a company of our size/type. In the 1990’s we lost a considerable amount of work to China and we were brainstorming ways to compete and win the work back. Although it was an ambitious and intially daunting concept, we decided that Mexico presented a great opportunity to compete with China's (artificially) cheap labor market. Mexico has good infrastructure (especially Mexicali), much cheaper labor than the US and unlike China close proximity to our California facility. But perhaps the most attractive quality in choosing Mexico is its very long history of manufacturing operations along the border, with the traditional Maquiladora system now boosted by NAFTA. The US also has a lot of cultural affinity with the nation and it is easy to find not only Spanish speakers but individuals with Mexican heritage here in Southern California, allowing us to send our experienced machinists there to live on the border and work full-time training employees and supervising the manufacturing operations. This allowed for a much more seamless integration and start up process than Southeast Asia or China itself would have allowed for.
Our 15,000 square foot facility in Mexicali, Mexico has been our home since 2006 and continues to undergo rapid growth along with the US facility. The CNCs are all the same brand, Okuma, making training easier and giving all the machines the same controls and ability hold incredibly tight tolerances. The building is shared with Dameron Alloy Foundries, known as Dafmex in Mexico, a company which shares our vision and goals for success making it easy for us to co-exist. Dameron has been a foundry since 1946, older than us by one year, and is extremely well run and organized with facilities in Compton, Kentucky and of course Mexicali.
Vescio gets a lot of inquiries about our specific capabilities in Mexicali and which jobs can be run there. This is no surprise as jobs are on average 30% cheaper to run in Mexico, so it is a huge plus if a part number is eligible to be run there.
ITAR parts are of course out of the question, so only commercial jobs can be sent to Mexicali. Besides that however, we have almost all of the same capabilities as we do in Santa Fe Springs!
For machining, our Mexicali facility is currently equipped with:
- 7 CNC Vertical Mills
- 8 CNC Lathes
- 2 CNC Horizontal Mills