The City of Phoenix officially opened a Northern Mexico trade office, on Tuesday, in Hermosillo. This is Phoenix’s second trade office in Mexico.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and a business delegation were at the office’s opening.
During the ceremony, a Hermosillo-based custom label manufacturing company, Etiquetas e Impresiones de Mexico SA DE CV, announced it will make a $2.2 million capital investment at a facility near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Hermosillo is a city in Sonora that is about a three and a half hour drive south of Nogales.
“This office is already helping businesses in Hermosillo expand their trade opportunities and foreign direct investment into Phoenix,” Stanton said. “And it will help companies in Arizona find more markets and opportunities with manufacturers and suppliers in Sonora.”
The Hermosillo office is staffed by economic development and tourism experts and is led by husband and wife team, Antonio Proto and Ana Maria Araque de Proto.
During the ceremony, Stanton mentioned how talk in Washington of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would not hinder Phoenix’s relationship with its largest trading partner, Mexico.
“We are not letting the disruptive and unproductive attitude towards Mexico in Washington interfere with the relationship between Phoenix and Arizona and Sonora.” Stanton said. “We are more than neighbors, we are family.”