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:
- A highly-qualified workforce
- Low utility rates
- Competitive minimum wage rates
- Excellent transportation infrastructure
- Affordable business locations, and
- Financial incentives such as the Manufacturer’s Investment Tax Credit
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
- Albuquerque Tortilla Co. - Tortillas
- The Bell Group - Circuit board manufacturing, precious metal
- Creamland Dairies Inc. - Fluid milk, cultured and frozen desserts
- CTS Wireless - Electronic and ceramic communication components
- Dunn Edwards Paints - Paint and coating products
- El Encanto Inc. - Mexican food
- Ethicon Endo-Surgery - Endoscopic instruments manufacturing, research and development
- General Mills, Inc. - Cereal/breakfast foods
- Goodrich ISR Systems - Missile and satellite guidance systems
- Honeywell Aerospace - Control and display systems for military aircraft and ground vehicles
- Kabana Inc. - Jewelry, precious metals
- MCT Industries - Ground support equipment
- Mega Corp - Water towers, truck and tractor tanks equipment and coal trailers
- Miller Bonded Inc. - Sheet metal fabricator
- Relios Inc - Sterling silver jewelry
- Roses Southwest Papers Inc. - Paper bags, bathroom tissue, household towels, paper napkins
- Shube's Manufacturing Inc. - Gold and silver jewelry, figurines
- Tempur-Pedic - mattresses, pillows
- Thomas & Betts - High voltage underground electrical connectors
- Thunderbird Supply - Jewelry
- Vulcan Materials Co. - (Albuquerque & Rio Rancho) Ready mix and asphalt concrete and aggregates
- Artistech Acrylics, Inc. - Belen; paper goods manufacturer
- Avonite Inc. - Manufacturer of simulated countertops
- Clariant - Healthcare packaging. Manufacturer of protective packaging solutions including desiccants and humidity indicators
- JPR Decorative Gravel
- Sisneros Brothers Manufacturing - Sheet metal contractors
- Aero Mechanical Industries, Inc.
- Aeroparts Manufacturing and Repair, Inc - Aircraft parts
- DHF Technical Products
- Intel Corporation - Microprocessors, memory devices, semiconductor manufacturing
- Lectrosonics Inc. - Professional and commercial audio products, wireless microphones and portable sound systems
- U.S. Cotton, LLC. - Cotton balls, pads and swabs
- Xynatech - Manufacturer of flexible dies for die cutting
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.
- Society of Manufacturing Engineers - networking and knowledge that enables growth in manufacturing