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PHOENIX-Kitchell Mexico, a subsidiary of Phoenix-based Kitchell Contractors, has completed a 140,000-sf manufacturing plant across the Mexican border. The facility is for Waterloo Industries in Nogales, Sonora.

The plant will generate several hundred jobs. The manufacturing plant is designed with space for painting, office, pump house and a supplemental day-care building.

Construction wrapped up in 10 months. Kitchell Mexico worked with Guadalajara-based design firm LAU Arquitectos on the design-build phase.

Waterloo Industries is one of the world’s largest manufacturer of tool storage products for the private and commercial markets. Headquartered in Waterloo, IA, the company was founded in 1922 and now has an international presence in distribution and manufacturing. Waterloo Industries is part of MasterBrand Industries, a subsidiary of FortuneBrands Inc.

More than any other Phoenix-based development and construction firm, Kitchell has taken advantage of the spurt of border development. The firm opened its Mexican subsidiary more than five years ago and has since worked on a number of major projects on the Mexican side, where US-based companies are allowed to build manufacturing and assembly plants. The projects have been for such big names as General Instruments, Molex Inc., Motorola, Oxford Automotive (a first tier supplier to General Motors) in Saltillo, Coahuila; Hewlett-Packard and Rosti A/S in Guadalajara, Jalisco; and Weyerhauser in Silao, Guanauato.

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