Greater Phoenix is a leader in the Mountain West for manufacturing operations


Greater Phoenix: An affordable operating environment

Greater Phoenix is a leader in the Mountain West for manufacturing operations. With the third largest labor pool and some of the most competitive labor costs in the western U.S., Greater Phoenix features an affordable operating environment and access to your consumer base.

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Skilled Labor Pool

The Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Technology programs at Maricopa Community Colleges teach CNC machining, welding and other key manufacturing operations.

Top Ranked Programs

Arizona State University’s Department of Supply Chain Management is consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Fast-Track Permitting

The region offers competitive operating advantages, including 90 days or fewer permitting.

Greater Phoenix: By the Numbers


More than 33 million consumers can be served within a single day’s truck haul


The Greater Phoenix region offers operational costs of 24.6% less than California


Shipping costs to California are up to 75% cheaper than other Mountain West markets

A large labor pool and competitive labor costs make Greater Phoenix the place for businesses to thrive.

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Access to Major Markets

Manufacturing companies of all sizes and operational use in Greater Phoenix enjoy the benefits of low business costs, minimal regulation and an advantageous operating environment. The state offers a minimalist regulatory approach, no corporate franchise tax and is constitutionally recognized as a right-to-work state. Aggressive tax credits and incentives make Greater Phoenix a location of choice for manufacturing operations.

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Skilled Labor Pool

Companies such as Intel, Boeing, Shamrock Foods, Honeywell, Cardinal IG and Amazon all enjoy the region’s pro-business environment. Greater Phoenix offers a skilled labor pool with talent in fields ranging from assembly to engineering. The region’s many available buildings and sites make it easy to relocate or expand to Greater Phoenix.

Companies in Greater Phoenix

  • Abbott Labs
  • Andersen Corporation
  • Armorworks
  • Ball Corporation
  • Boeing
  • Bose
  • Cavco Industries
  • Coca Cola
  • Daisy Brand
  • Dunn Edwards
  • Frito Lay
  • General Dynamics
  • Gruber Industries, Inc.
  • Holsum Bakery
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • Intel Corp.
  • Interface, Inc.
  • Iris USA
  • Isola Group
  • Landis Plastics
  • Maxwell Technologies
  • Medtronic
  • Microchip Technology
  • Mitel
  • Northrop Grumman
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • ON Semiconductor
  • PepsiCo
  • PING
  • Quaker Oats
  • Rogers Corporation
  • Sara Lee
  • Shamrock Foods
  • St. Jude Medical
  • Sub-Zero
  • Suntron Corporation
  • TRW
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • W.L. Gore

“GPEC and the City of Surprise have been incredibly helpful in making the process extremely easy in moving our corporate headquarters to Greater Phoenix. They made us feel welcome and really took time to understand our needs.”

Akihiro Ohyama, Chairman, IRIS USA
Chet Keizer, Board of Directors

“The talent in Greater Phoenix is better than expected – quality experience and very strong work ethic.”

Chet Keizer, President, IRIS USA
Kevin O'Connor, VP, Global Human Resources, Benchmark Electronics

“We are assured that we made the right choice in choosing Arizona as the location to establish our two critical innovation enabling design centers, in addition to building our new global headquarters.”

Kevin O’Connor, VP, Global Human Resources, Benchmark Electronics


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