Coming Feb. 7-8


January 29, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

MEXICALI — There is still an opportunity for U.S. business owners to book booths at NAFTASHO, the fifth annual manufacturing industry suppliers and services providers' trade show here.

Yanet Aceves of SOI Promotions said those interested can log onto to print up a registration form.

NAFTASHO will be in Palaco Industrial Park in Mexicali on Feb. 7-8. There is a map with directions on the Web site.

Businesses are encouraged to exhibit at the show and interact with manufacturers such as ACER, Allegiance Healthcare, Daewoo, Kenworth, Honeywell, Mitsubishi, Robert Shaw, Skil and Sony.

The Mexicali region is home to more than 180 maquiladoras in 19 industrial parks with a workforce of over 47,000, according to event organizers.


The region's maquiladora industry is always looking for sourcing materials in the areas of electronic components, tool and die, metal stamping, injection molding, plastic extrusion, industrial supplies and packaging materials.

More than 200 exhibitors will take part in this year's show. It is hosted by the Tri-Valley Alliance, which is made up of the Mexicali Industrial Development Commission, the Imperial Valley Economic Development Committee and the Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone.

In addition to the exhibitors at the show, there will be seminars and workshops in English.

At 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Boston-based InterGen will host a seminar titled, "La Rosita Power Energy Project and Environmental Concerns."

"La Rosita" is an under-construction Mexicali power plant that has come under fire from Imperial/Mexicali/San Diego officials concerned about potential air pollution from two of its four turbines.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the InterGen "La Rosita" plant will have modern pollution control technologies installed on only the two units providing power to the U.S. The other two units will have less stringent controls.

Admission to the exhibitions and seminars is free.

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