American giant Kohler announces $200 million USD investment in Monterrey, Mexico
The global leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath products, Kohler, has decided to continue expanding its footprint in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
With an investment of $200 million US Dollars, the Wisconsin-based company will build a high-tech manufacturing facility for kitchen and bathroom fixtures, creating 1,600 new jobs.
Kohler was founded in 1873, making it one of the largest and oldest privately held companies in the United States. It has been operating in Monterrey since 1991.
The groundbreaking ceremony was led by Norbert Schmidt, Senior Vice President of Operations at Kohler Co., alongside state and municipal authorities.
“This facility, to be completed in July 2023, will manufacture a wide range of faucets to support the global retail and construction markets, as well as allowing for a shorter and more agile supply chain”, said Schmidt.
“Several countries were analyzed (for construction)… Kohler is currently in the process of launching four new plants around the world and two of them will be in Mexico,” the executive pointed out.
Once completed, the facility will operate with state-of-the-art technology, sustainability measures, and efficient water and solid waste use.
Tom Paulus, Vice President of Global Operations at Kohler Co., emphasized that “Here we will carry out advanced manufacturing processes, which will incorporate intelligent factory elements such as robots in the assembly lines”.
Iván Rivas, Secretary of Economy of the local State Government, said “We are very happy because Kohler announces an investment of 200 million US dollars and the creation of more than 1,600 jobs, but the important thing is that it is not only a manufacturing facility but a high-tech, highly automated factory complemented by trained labor and engineers of different levels.”
American companies like Amazon, Mattel, and Stanley Black & Decker keep trusting Monterrey as the best place to invest in Mexico. Monterrey had a record-breaking year in the attraction of Foreign Direct Investment from the United States with $3 billion US Dollars in 2021, an all-time high.