maquiladora

noun
ma·​qui·​la·​do·​ra | \ mə-ˌkē-lə-ˈdȯr-ə How to pronounce maquiladora (audio) , -ˈt͟hȯr- \

Definition of maquiladora

: a foreign-owned factory in Mexico at which imported parts are assembled by lower-paid workers into products for export

Examples of maquiladora in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For starters, call center jobs pay more than construction or maquiladora work. Gustavo Solis, Los Angeles Times, "Tijuana’s call centers offer a lifeline to deportees struggling to live in Mexico," 28 Sep. 2019 Distilleries called maquiladoras — some of which produce award-winning tequilas — produce tequilas for brand owners, says Morales. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk’s Teslaquila is actually a good idea," 19 Oct. 2018 The artist recruited artisans from Michoacán, Mexico – where the annual Monarch migration dramatically terminates – to form a kind of cross-border maquiladora (manufacturing facility). George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 But the challenge for these countries—as for any hinterland reliant on supplying labour to produce goods for richer neighbours, maquiladora-style—is to keep closing the income gap. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 2018 Many have gone to cities to work in heavy industry or the maquiladoras—factories run by foreign companies—near the border. Erik Loomis, The New Republic, "How Trade Deals and Immigration Laws Hurt Workers—Mexican Workers," 14 Mar. 2018 The industry is also critically important to the U.S.; for example, nearly every pacemaker sewn into the hearts of Americans is assembled in a maquiladora. Denise Davidsonwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In ‘City of Omens,’ author shares women’s tales of survival in Tijuana," 16 June 2019 Wages at most maquiladora jobs are double or triple the country’s minimum wage, which is currently less than $5 a day. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "With Migrants Stalled at U.S. Doorstep, Mexico Offers a Fresh Start," 16 Dec. 2018 Distilleries called maquiladoras — some of which produce award-winning tequilas — produce tequilas for brand owners, says Morales. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk’s Teslaquila is actually a good idea," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of maquiladora

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maquiladora

Mexican Spanish (planta, empresa) maquiladora, from maquilar to process (material) for a fee, from maquila processing fee, multure, from Spanish, multure, from Arabic dialect makīla measure of grain

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27 Jan 2020

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“Maquiladora.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maquiladora. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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