Mexican Makeover

NAFTA creates the world's newest industrial power

Surfing for clients on the Internet, a Mexican entrepreneur in Monterrey has turned a small metal-working company into a $10 million-a-year exporter to General Electric Co. and Siemens in just five years. In Guadalajara, a 26-year-old high school graduate earns more than $500 a month inspecting silicon components that will help power IBM computers around the world. Across the country, in the city of Puebla, 15,000 Mexican workers churn out Volkswagen's new Beetle for export to the world, including Germany.

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