U.S. technology firm Deloitte Consulting Group has unveiled its regional service delivery center in the Mexican city of Queretaro.
Costing more than $10 million, the center will provide technology support service to the company’s operations throughout Latin America, but it will mainly serve as a technology lab, churning out software and apps for government agencies as well as companies in the financial services and healthcare industries.
Deloitte will begin operations with 250 employees, with plans to increase the headcount to more than 1,000 over the next three years.
The consulting firm describes this Queretaro center as one of its special operational units, adding that it will act as the company’s regional offices. This is Deloitte’s fourth regional center in the world, with other such centers located in India, Romania, and the United States.
Jorge Castilla Ortuño, Deloitte’s Mexico director, has stated his company had been drawn to Querétaro due to the easy availability of high-skilled labor and the good quality physical infrastructure.
With more than 5,000 employees and 22 offices, Deloitte has extensive operations in Mexico. Among its major services are application maintenance, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and IT consulting.
Its executives in Mexico have told local newspapers that they are looking to hire talent in the areas of IT, systems, engineering, information technology, web, and digital design.
Queretaro’s governor Francisco Domínguez Servién, who inaugurated the facility, said the Deloitte’s operation would lead to multilateral growth in the state’s business sector. According to him, the United States accounted for 50% of foreign investment in the city last year.
The Mexican city is home to a large number of companies manufacturing computer components, but software development contributes barely 4% to Queretaro’s GDP.