maquiladora

noun
ma·qui·la·do·ra | \mə-ˌkē-lə-ˈdȯr-ə, -ˈt͟hȯr-\

Definition of maquiladora 

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

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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 But Reynosa’s maquiladora sector has been resilient, employing more than 120,000 workers and looking to hire thousands more. Aaron Nelsen, San Antonio Express-News, "Tamaulipas security forces struggle to rein in drug cartel fighting," 3 Feb. 2018 Wang’s parents left Taiwan to run the family electronics manufacturing business in a Mexican maquiladora plant. Jeanette Steele, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2nd generation of Asian entrepreneurs poised to take Convoy District into future," 19 Jan. 2018 For decades almost every maquiladora in Juárez was owned by a U.S. company. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Mexico’s Manufacturing Sector Will Survive With or Without America," 21 Oct. 2017 For decades almost every maquiladora in Juárez was owned by a U.S. company. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Mexico’s Manufacturing Sector Will Survive With or Without America," 21 Oct. 2017 Even the slightest upward adjustment to wages in the maquiladoras or tweak in labor laws could threaten the industry’s advantages. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Mexico’s Manufacturing Sector Will Survive With or Without America," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of maquiladora

1976, 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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