Despite fears, Mexico’s manufacturing boom helps some U.S. workers

08/25/16 The Seattle Times

Industrial PlantSAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico——Enrique Zarate, 19, had spent just a year in college when he landed an apprenticeship at a new BMW facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. If he performs well, in a year he’ll win a well-paid position, with benefits, working with robots at the company’s newest plant.

Within a decade or so, most of the BMW 3 series cars Americans buy will probably come from Mexico, built by people like Zarate.

“When you start with such little experience, and get such a big salary, it’s unbelievable,” said Zarate, whose father is a taxi driver and mother is a housewife.

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