Manufacturer is creating jobs in New Mexico

A Germany-based manufacturer of automotive tape is bringing its first North American operation to New Mexico, along with the promise of 100 jobs.

Governor Susana Martinez announced the deal Saturday in Las Cruces' West Mesa Industrial Park, home of the new CertoPlast facility. The governor says the agreement brings 100 full-time positions that will pay $22.38 an hour. Martinez says the company will be the first to establish itself inside the Dona Ana County Foreign Trade Zone, which allows for reductions in import duties. She says this serves as an example of how New Mexico is diversifying its economy and attracting new companies.

CertoPlast manufactures automotive wire harness tapes and has facilities in China and Europe. The company is receiving $150,000 in incentives to offset its costs.