|TUCSON (October 23, 2019)—The Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) and a bipartisan delegation of state legislators on Tuesday and Wednesday visited five manufacturing facilities and a community college as part of the AMC’s Made in Arizona manufacturing tour.
The tour is part of the AMC’s celebration of Manufacturing Month, which also included the group’s Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Summit on October 3.
Gov. Doug Ducey, who issued a proclamation earlier this month marking Manufacturing Month, kicked-off the two-day tour Tuesday morning at Sub-Zero’s facility in Goodyear.
“From technology and food products to aerospace, defense and beyond, more of the finest products in the world are proudly being made in Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “I want to send the message to the world’s manufacturers who are searching for the best place to build their products: Arizona is the place for you.”
In addition to Sub-Zero, the delegation visited Pepsico in Tolleson, Boeing in Mesa, Benchmark Electronics in Phoenix, Raytheon in Tucson, and Pima Community College’s Aviation Technology Center in Tucson.
“The Arizona Manufacturers Council thanks all of these innovative companies for opening their doors to show off how their products are improving lives and creating jobs,” AMC Executive Director Allison Gilbreath said. “This Made in Arizona tour gave us a small glimpse into the exciting things that are happening in Arizona’s thriving manufacturing sector. From kitchen appliances to helicopters, Arizona is on the cutting-edge of manufacturing technology, creativity and quality.”
State Rep. Joanne Osborne (R-Goodyear) served as the lead legislative coordinator of the tour.
“I am so pleased that there was such enthusiasm among my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to learn more about the pioneering manufacturing occurring in Arizona, and what we as lawmakers can do to help the sector grow,” Osborne said. “The more we can visit with job creators to learn about their challenges, their workforce, and their plans for the future, the more responsive we can be in crafting smart policies that encourage job growth in manufacturing and across the entire economy.”
Joining Osborne for at least a portion of the tour were:
The tour was sponsored by Raytheon, Triadvocates, LLC, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Westmarc, Pivot Manufacturing, Tucson Electric Power, the Arizona Commerce Authority, the University of Arizona, Boeing, Pima Community College, Sun Corridor, Inc., and APS.
A Tuesday evening reception in Tucson featured remarks by Raytheon Missile Systems President Wesley Kremer. Raytheon is the Tucson area’s largest private sector employer.
At the event, several selections from Arizona winemakers were served, highlighting an important and emerging segment of the Arizona economy.
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