The Manufacturing Reshoring Initiative for the South Texas Border Region will encourage the growth of domestic suppliers in our region with the intent of increased job creation, business expansion, and productivity growth in manufacturing. It was developed by a consortium that includes: The US-Mexico Foundation for Science (USMFS), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), and the McAllen Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
The United States Economic Development Agency’s (EDA) investment in this initiative will allow our team to perform a multi-phase, multi-year project identifying and developing existing regional suppliers as well as attracting new investment from supplier companies to fill identified supply chain gaps within the South Texas Border Region. During the first year of this initiative, we will complete a thorough asset mapping with a focus on small and medium-sized manufacturers, collect data on equipment capacities, technician skills, products expertise, raw materials, processes, and capability and conduct an analysis of supply chain gaps required to support the manufacturing sector in the region. This will allow us to support both the existing companies and the companies interested in reshoring their manufacturing back to North America and the South Texas border region. Additionally, it will help our educational partners to identify the type of training programs the local workforce will need.