Gov. Susana Martnez was in Santa Teresa last week to announce new jobs and celebrate new infrastructure most importantly, a $5 million water plant that was recently completed. It will provide 2 million gallons of water storage in addition to treating water for users in the industrial park.
Businesses in the industrial park, or considering locating there, had been stymied until now by the lack of water.
"Today's announcement is especially exciting because we are seeing economic expansion happening right now along our southern border, but we're also making investments that will yield hundreds of new jobs in the future," Martinez said.
At last week's event Martinez announced that two existing Santa Teresa companies, Southwest Steel Coil and Mallory Metals, are expanding their facilities and each are adding 20 new jobs.
Meanwhile, a ribbon-cutting was held for Santa Teresa Southern Railroad's new intermodal terminal. The on-again, off-again move of the Union Pacific railyard from downtown El Paso to Santa Teresa has been in the works for years, but is finally moving forward.
Once completed, Santa Teresa will be a prime spot on the company's "Sunset Corridor," Mike Zucker, a civil engineer and manager of the terminal-design project, said at an engineering conference last week.
"It's a corridor that goes from the ports in L.A. and Long Beach through El Paso," he said. "It splits and goes three different directions the northern route being a direct route up to Chicago, the middle route leading to Fort Worth and the bottom one to Houston."
And, $350,000 in capital funding was appropriated this past legislative session for the construction of the Santa Teresa Port Access Road dedicated to routing northbound shipments from Mexico through New Mexico instead of border crossings in El Paso.
A pilot project taking place at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry one of only three along the U.S.-Mexico border is creating a dedicated commercial lane for the Foxconn plant so U.S. customs officials can do cargo checks in Mexico and bypass port of entry congestion.
All of these investments and innovations will pay off with good-paying jobs, greater opportunities and an expanded tax base.
—Las Cruces Sun-News, April 30