Assembly Lines Start Migrating From Asia To Mexico

Soon, a lot more of that outdoor gear in your closet may come from Mexico instead of China. That's the message from Bill Simon, managing director of Odyssey International Ltd., which for years has been producing a wide range of garments and sporting goods for Lands' End, L. L. Bean, and North Face in China. Now, he thinks that Mexico may have advantages over China and other Asian countries as a manufacturing site to serve the U. S. market. "Mexico is fertile ground for us," he says. "We'll have three more plants there by the end of this year."

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