Fort Worth businesses join mayors, chambers on trade trip to Mexico

Renfro Foods would like to sell its salsa, made at its Fort Worth factory, in Mexico.
Renfro Foods would like to sell its salsa, made at its Fort Worth factory, in Mexico. Star-Telegram

Becky Renfro Borbolla wants to sell Fort Worth salsa in Mexico.

Borbolla, vice president at Renfro Foods, is part of a group of North Texas businesspeople who have joined the mayors of Fort Worth and Dallas on a trip to Mexico City this week to promote North Texas businesses.

“I thought it would be a great chance to see a beautiful city and look at doing business in Mexico,” said Borbolla, speaking in a phone interview. Her husband, Henry Borbolla, sits on the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport board, which helped organize the trip. “We would love to sell our products, the Mrs. Renfro’s brand, in Mexico.”

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said the delegation is the largest the area has put together for a foreign trade trip. Trade between Dallas-Fort Worth and Mexico was worth more than $1.3 billion in 2015, she added.

“We have been very pleased that so many people really wanted to come and felt there would be an opportunity to affect their business,” Price said.

Representatives from TCU and Tarrant County College also made the trip, said David Berzina, executive vice president of economic development at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings have been on several trade trips together to promote North Texas. Local leaders, along with members of the city’s chambers and convention and visitors bureaus, have visited China, Australia and Germany on previous trips.

Michael Jacobsson, the business and product development manager at Sid Richardson Carbon and Energy, said that his firm is interested in locating a chemical production facililty in Mexico to serve its customers in the auto and tire industry.

The chemical manufacturer has two plants in Texas and another in Louisiana but knows that its customers are adding more production facilities in Mexico. Jacobsson said the trip has been useful to meet with local leaders.

“Because we are meeting with business leaders, we gain a tremendous amount of information about the temperateure of business down here,” Jacobsson said. “What we’ve found is they are very business friendly and very open to foreign investment, and that is very good for us.”

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk