New assembly plant opens

City officials in San Luis Rio Colorado celebrate the opening of an assembly plant by the Masimo Corp. in the city's industrial park, during a recent tour of the factory.

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. – A California company that manufactures medical technology has opened an assembly plant that initially will create more than 100 jobs for residents here, this city's mayor said.

The Masimo Corp. opened the doors of its assembly plant, or maquiladora, in the city's industrial park on Monday, Mayor Enrique Reina Lizarraga announced.

The plant will employ 150 workers, primarily on the production line, in the first phase of its opening, and could expand to create another 150 jobs over the next year. Ultimately, say company officials, the plant could employ up to 400 workers.

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Masimo manufactures non-invasive patient monitoring technology, including sensors designed to monitor oxygen levels in the blood, cardiac pulse, hemoglobin and cerebral activity.

Reina described Masimo's arrival as a large advance for the city in its efforts to promote economic development.

"Masimo established itself in this city as a result of the promotional efforts exercised in a collaborative manner by the municipal government, the San Luis Economic Promotion Commission and the state government," he said.

The company previously opened a plant in nearby Mexicali, Baja Calif., in 2001. Starting with nine employees, that plant now employs 2,450 workers.

The opening of the Masimo plant comes as the city tries to land two other industrial prospects that previously expressed interest in locating in San Luis Rio Colorado. One is a textile manufacturer, said Reina, and the other is an electronics firm. The mayor declined to identify them.

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