[muh-kee-luh-dawr-uh; Spanish mah-kee-ah-daw-rah]
noun, plural maquiladoras [muh-kee-luh-dawr-uhz; Spanish mah-kee-ah-daw-rahs] .
a factory run by a U.S. company in Mexico to take advantage of cheap labor and lax regulation.
Also called maquila.

1985–90; Mexican Spanish, perhaps < Spanish maquilar extract a toll Unabridged
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an assembly plant in Mexico (near the United States border); parts are shipped into Mexico and the finished product is shipped back across the border 
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Maquiladoras are often excellent candidates for industrial recycling initiatives.
The maquiladoras generally have their own fire brigade and medical staff to handle emergencies.
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