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

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Recent Examples on the Web Normally, more than 400,000 people are employed directly and indirectly through maquiladoras. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "On the border, factory workers die and their families worry that U.S. companies aren’t doing enough," 19 Apr. 2020 Workers manufacture car dash covers at a maquiladora owned by the TECMA group in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in 2013. Los Angeles Times, "U.S. factories in Mexico are still open. As the coronavirus spreads, workers are dying," 18 Apr. 2020 The vast workforce of more than 250,000 people laboring in the maquiladora factories remained active last week, though furloughs are planned. Dallas News, "El Paso cracks down; Juarez and AMLO worry many about attitude toward coronavirus," 28 Mar. 2020 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

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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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“Maquiladora.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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