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The 315,000-square-foot Blue Road Investment building in Santa Teresa. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The pandemic has busted up business activity across the state, but not at the Santa Teresa border industrial parks in southern New Mexico.

Business there is booming, with state exports to Mexico up 11% in the first half of 2020, and a wave of fresh public and private sector investment flowing into new industrial buildings and infrastructure at the parks. Commercial traffic through the Santa Teresa Port of Entry is on a steady upward trajectory, reaching record levels this summer.

New rail lines connect warehouses to the main rail lines about a mile away in Santa Teresa.

The coronavirus lockdown did briefly slow border business during the spring, but when the economy began reopening in June, Santa Teresa’s previously bustling commercial activity bounced right back, said Jerry Pacheco, executive director of the International Business Accelerator and president of the Border Industrial Association.

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“It was kind of a sob story at the start, as people watched in horror during the coronavirus lockdown,” Pacheco said. “Activity was down significantly in April and May, and a few firms did furlough some o....

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