Manufacturing and Machining

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Manufacturing continues to be a thriving economic force in the state with many companies expanding or relocating here. Intel, U.S. Cotton, Merillat Industries (cabinetry), Tempur-Pedic and General Mills all have discovered the hidden treasures of the Metro New Mexico region and beyond. Close proximity to our two national labs and numerous research facilities provide ample partnership opportunities for local companies. New Mexico also offers a host of industry advantages, making the state an attractive place to do business, including:

Precision Machining

The precision-machining infrastructure in Metro New Mexico has not been duplicated anywhere else in the world. Originally developed to meet the needs of Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory, precision machine shops now meet the exacting demands of a variety of high-tech industries including Metro New Mexico's burgeoning aviation cluster. Top businesses in this sector include:

  • Coronado Machines specializes in the precision machining and construction of individual components and fabricated sub-assemblies.
  • Kendal Precision Machining, Inc. - From prototype to production they assist in manufacturing by utilizing cutting-edge CAD/CAM technology, lean manufacturing techniques, and ISO 9001 Quality Management System.
  • Sun Country Industries - Largest contract manufacturer of aerospace components and assemblies in New Mexico.
  • Team Technologies - An advanced engineering and manufacturing solutions company offers a good illustration of Metro New Mexico's precision machining infrastructure.

Top Manufacturing and Machining Employers


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Research affiliations abound in Metro New Mexico. From small research or measurement centers within large institutions like UNM or Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB), to world-class national laboratories, the state has vast research and development resources.

  • Center for High Technology Materials - One of New Mexico's Centers of Technical Excellence, CHTM is renowned for its work in semiconductor and thin-film materials growth; high resolution fabrication, optoelectronic device design and fabrication; laser spectroscopy and laser processing of materials; semiconductor manufacturing metrology; and thin-film technologies.
  • Center for Micro-Engineered Materials - Hosts the National Science Foundation's Ceramic and Composite Materials Center. Research objectives are to understand and use molecular and near-molecular processes to synthesize improved ceramic materials with controlled composite structures at nano- to micro-length scales.
  • High Performance Computing Education and Research Center - Provides supercomputing for government agencies, UNM, other academic institutions and industry.
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Manufacturing Engineering Program - Offers advanced degrees in Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Mechanical and Equipment Manufacturing, and Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing. Degrees require industrial internships. Many courses are offered to company lab sites through instructional televisions (ITV) and satellite.
  • Manufacturing Training and Technology Center (UNM) - supports teaching and training, research and development, start-up companies, manufacturing prototyping, and extension service activities
  • New Mexico Engineering Research Institute - The gateway to UNM's technology and intellectual assets, NMERI conducts innovative research, education, and economic development for federal, state and regional organizations, industry and foundations. NMERI has operated continuously since 1961 as the contract research arm of the University of New Mexico's School of Engineering.
  • New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (New Mexico MEP) - provides technical and business resources to manufacturers.
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Sandia Science & Technology Park is a research and industrial park near Sandia National Lab, whose tenants includeEMCOREand Ktech Corporation.
  • Science & Technology Corporation @ UNM facilitates transfer of university inventions to the commercial market place.
  • Technology Ventures Corporation - Helps startup companies that are developing technology with, and for, the national laboratories.
  • The Santa Fe Business Incubator - Has grown to 30,000 square feet, has nurtured 33 companies and generated nearly 200 jobs.
  • The Santa Fe Institute - A private, independent organization whose research seeks to understand complex systems through an interdisciplinary approach. The institute attracts internationally-known scholars, including Nobel Laureates, to Santa Fe for its workshops and research programs.
  • WESST Corp Enterprise Center - Opened in 2007, designed to house 18-30 businesses targeted to artisan manufacturing, digital media production and "green" enterprise.

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