- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed two measures Monday aimed at helping the booming border town of Santa Teresa.

One measure extends the overweight cargo zone in Santa Teresa and two other New Mexico ports of entry, a move officials say could attract more companies to the area.

The other bill brings New Mexico’s weight limit for oversize load permits in line with federal standards and neighboring states at up to 80,000 pounds. Previously, the limit was 67,000 pounds, which had not been updated since the 1940s.

The newly extended cargo zone will include the new Westpark Logistics Center and the Union Pacific Intermodal Facility.

Martinez also announced that MCS Industries, a picture frames manufacturer, will relocate its printing operations from Pennsylvania and construct a 215,000 square-foot facility in the Westpark Logistics Center.

The company plans to invest $11.1 million to expand its warehousing and distribution facility.

“I am proud that MCS continues to be a partner in diversifying our economy and growing the private sector in New Mexico,” Martinez said. “Results like these make a strong case that New Mexico is becoming more competitive, creating more jobs for our families.”

Santa Teresa was competing with El Paso, Texas, for the MCS expansion, officials said.

The Westpark Logistics Center will be the largest industrial park in New Mexico, and the closest to the recently opened $400 million Union Pacific Intermodal Facility.

Santa Teresa is seeing rapid growth as state officials plan more projects. Last year, for example, Martinez announced the creation of a 70,000-acre, master-planned community around the Santa Teresa-San Jeronimo border crossing in an effort to expand the fast-growing border region even more.

Under the plan, the project would create new trade zones, joint health care programs and residential living.

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