Edge Technologies (St. Louis) has started a Mexico operation as the maker of bar-feeding equipment for machine tools looks to expand sales in the country.
The company hired Abraham Barragán as regional sales manager for Mexico. Also on board is a technician.
“We’ve sent sales managers from the US down there and it just doesn’t work,” Kevin Shults, Edge’s director of marketing, said in a telephone interview. “We want to build a new company” in Mexico.
Barragán, 31, will be based in Querétaro City in the north-central Mexico. He will also be responsible for Latin American countries outside Mexico.
Shults said it’s uncertain how quickly the new Edge Technologies Mexico will expand.
‘See How It Goes’
The company is going into Mexico as the administration of President Donald Trump is pressuring manufacturers to keep and expand employment in the Unites States. The administration has discussed implementing border taxes on products made outside the US.
“We will have to see how it goes,” Shults said.
Barragán is from Monterrey, capital of the state of Nuevo León, in northeastern Mexico. He has previously worked as an intern for General Electric Co.. Later, he held positions with various manufacturers, including machine tool maker DMG Mori.
Edge Technologies produces bar feeding, loading and unloading equipment for CNC lathes.