Just do it, in Goodyear. Nike subsidiary Air Manufacturing Innovation, the maker of Nike Air shoes, plans to open a multimillion-dollar facility in Goodyear, which will employ at least 505 people in full-time manufacturing roles. According to city documents, Nike will buy an existing building and invest at least $184.5 million in the first phase of the new facility. The company anticipates starting operations in 2020, and over the course of three years will fully put the Goodyear facility into service by adding lines and operations.
Fairlife, LLC announced plans today to increase overall production capabilities with the construction of a new 300 thousand square foot production and distribution facility in Goodyear, Arizona – a suburb of Phoenix. fairlife currently produces multiple varieties of dairy-based beverages at its production plant in Coopersville, Michigan, and distributes the highly nutritious beverages to retailers in the United States and Canada.
Arizona Isotope Science Research Corp. is preparing to begin construction on a facility in Goodyear to manufacture isotopes that will allow medical professionals to clearly see abnormal blood flow in patients with cardiovascular conditions and cancer.
Microsoft Corp. has paid $37 million for another 147 acres of land in Goodyear, according to real estate database Vizzda. It’s the second land acquisition by the technology giant in the West Valley city within the past 9 months. The new parcel, located north of Interstate 10, is vacant with no adjacent development. The tech giant bought the land from DRI FR GOODYEAR LLC. It is located in a planned area development called PV303 West III.
The Goodyear City Council unanimously approved a development agreement that will allow Microsoft to begin construction on two buildings in a planned “five-building technology center.”
The tech giant owns 279 acres south of Interstate 10 near the Phoenix Goodyear Airport.
“We’re very excited and very proud,” Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said after Monday’s vote. “This is a real big move for us.”
Lord told The Arizona Republic that she’s hopeful that Microsoft’s announcement will bring more tech companies to the suburb that has steadily expanded its industry in recent years.
“The name spells confidence,” she said.
Andersen Corporation is America’s premier window and door manufacturer, the company plans to invest more than $105 million in a 500,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility and create more than 415 jobs during the first phase of this expansion. Andersen anticipates a potential total investment of at least $200 million through a future expansion of the campus. The campus is expected to be operational in early 2020.
Arizona gained nearly 111,000 residents in the 12 months ending June 30.
But you’d be wrong to think they spread out pretty evenly among the state’s 91 cities.
New figures Thursday from the state Office of Economic Opportunity find Queen Creek and Buckeye the biggest year-over-year gainers, each boosting population by more than 7%.
Maricopa was not far behind at 5.1% with growth exceeding 4% in Goodyear, San Luis, Marana and Clarkdale.
Glendale grew by only 0.6%, lower than the state average of 1.6%. Peoria was slightly higher, with 2.3% population growth in the last year.
Avondale grew by 2.4%, Litchfield Park was up 1.8%, Surprise grew by 2.5% and Youngtown 1%.
Buckeye is the state leader in population growth since 2010, up by 60%. Goodyear is not far behind with 35.9% population growth since 2010.
Glendale’s population growth since 2010 is 7.1%.
Peoria grew by 16.9% since 2010.
Maricopa County and the state both grew by about 12% since 2010.
The numbers and the growth rates are more than just bragging rights.
Nearly 50% of Maricopa County’s growth over the next 25 years is projected to occur in the West Valley.
In order to accommodate a population growth of more than 1 million people, according to John Graham — WESTMARC board member and Sunbelt Holdings president and CEO — economic development strategies are focusing on infrastructure, roads, water and sewer.
Graham gathered alongside other WESTMARC members, elected officials and expert speakers at the 2019 Economic Development Summit on May 15 to discuss future growth in the West Valley and learn about water, transportation and other developments needed to sustain that growth.
Nineteen years ago, the population of Goodyear was about 18,000 people – a small fraction of where it sits today at more than 84,000 residents. That sort of increase in population means more demand for new homes and more construction activity from property developers.
“Right now, if you drive our streets, there’s construction on every block,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. “We continuously have developers coming out. They’re constantly watching the growth.”
One of these developers is Newland, which claims to be the “largest private developer of mixed-use communities in the United States.” Newland manages the 20,000-acre Estrella master-planned community in Goodyear, which has continued to add new neighborhoods throughout the past thirty years. That’s also where the company recently opened Lucero, its fourth “housing village.”
Modern manufacturing efficiencies and premier employee demographics have enticed NIKE to purchase Lincoln Logistics 40, which is a brand new, nearly 1 million-square-foot Class A industrial project situated near Interstate 10 in Goodyear, Arizona.
Nike Inc. paid $69.8 million to a joint venture consisting of Lincoln Property Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., for ownership rights to a 901,700-square-foot industrial facility in Goodyear, AZ. The sportswear manufacturing giant will use the facility, known as Lincoln Logistics 40, to produce the mid-sole cushioning portion of its athletic shoes.
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