Supply-chain hell ignites economic boom along U.S.-Mexico border

Thomas Black

Wedged up against the southern edge of the Rio Grande, the sprawling Mexican desert city of Juarez has seen its share of economic booms over the years.

But perhaps none quite like the one that's taken hold today.

There are excavators and bulldozers seemingly everywhere, pushing dirt into tall piles and leaving everything — and everyone — covered in a coat of wind-blown dust. The space they are carving out of the desert floor will house new factories that were ordered up by anxious CEOs across the world when the pandemic roiled their global supply routes.

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