The Barons Of Outsourcing

As other companies shed manufacturing, outside contractors are becoming global giants

Four years ago, cornfields filled the 125-acre industrial park on the dusty outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico. Now, glistening white factories and 4,000 workers turn out thousands of Ericsson cell phones, 3Com Palm Pilots, Compaq circuit boards, and Cisco routers each day. The industrial campus boasts a growing roster of components producers and a cavernous distribution center buzzing with FedEx, DHL, and UPS trucks destined for the U.S. The complex has its own high-speed telecom network, power plants, and medical center--even a first-rate soccer field and a bus fleet to shuttle production workers to and from their homes.

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