BIA Helps Host Governor Martinez Visit to the Border

The BIA helped host a visit by Governor Susana Martinez to Santa Teresa on July 20 for the ribbon cutting ceremony of Interceramic’s new distribution center in the Santa Teresa Business Center. Interceramic, which was founded in 1979, is one of the largest tile manufacturers in North America, with a total production capacity of 450 million square feet per year in nine facilities housed in four different manufacturing complexes: three in Chihuahua, Mexico and one in Garland, Texas.

┬áThe company has leased an 80,000-square-foot facility and will create 30 jobs at its new operation. According to New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela, “A major factor in the company’s selection of Santa Teresa was the establishment of an overweight cargo zone north of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, which allows trucks with weights up to 96,000 lbs into this limited zone. The establishment of this zone was a joint effort between the New Mexico Economic Development Department, the New Mexico Legislature, the New Mexico Partnership and the Border Industrial Association. Interceramic is the second company to take advantage of this unique zone on the U.S.-Mexico border within the past seven months.”

According to Gabriel Grijalva, Interceramic’s Director of Supply Chain and Logistics, “The overweight zone and the rapid crossings at the Santa Teresa Port will allow us to transport our product into our U.S. market more economically and efficiently. In the future, we hope to expand our operations in Santa Teresa.”

With annual sales of approximately $500 million, Interceramic is a leading manufacturer of ceramic tile, bathroom fixtures, setting materials, and natural stone. The company uses 240 franchise stores to distribute its product in Mexico, 14 stores in the south region of the U.S. located across Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Georgia, and 65 independent distributors for the rest of the U.S. and Canada. In addition to their North America operations, the company also has distribution centers in Panama and Guatemala and an interesting venture in China to produce high design ceramic tile and offer it through exclusive local distributors.

Governor Martinez speaking at the Interceramic ribbon-cutting.
From L to R: State Representative Mary Helen Garcia, State Senator Mary Kay Papen, Border Industrial Association President Miriam Kotkowski, Governor Susana Martinez, NM Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela, Border Industrial Association Vice-President, Jerry Pacheco.