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Gorbel, a leading manufacturer of overhead material handling cranes and fall protection products, today announced their expansion to Greater Phoenix with the addition of a manufacturing facility opening up in Goodyear, Arizona.

Gorbel Opens Manufacturing Facility in Goodyear, Arizona

PHOENIX (July 24, 2018) – Gorbel, a leading manufacturer of overhead material handling cranes and fall protection products, today announced their expansion to Greater Phoenix with the addition of a manufacturing facility opening up in Goodyear, Arizona.

The facility will add more than 20 projected jobs during the first phase in addition to a sizable capital investment. This location serves Gorbel’s expanding customer base in the southwest region.

“Our mission is simply to ‘Improve People’s Lives’. We believe that this customer-focused expansion will do just that by bringing production of our ergonomic lifting and safety solutions closer to current and future end users,” said Brian Reh, President and CEO of Gorbel®.

“Gorbel’s expansion in our state opens a range of new job opportunities for Arizonans in the manufacturing industry,” said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. “Adding them to the list of job creators in one of Arizona’s fastest growing industries is welcomed news.”

Gorbel evaluated Utah and Nevada, but ultimately selected Arizona for their expansion due to the location’s ability to meet their logistical needs and customer demand, lower cost of doing business, and availability of talent.

“I want to thank Gorbel for choosing FLITE for its newest location. Gorbel’s national and international presence in the industrial sector is a great addition to the Phoenix/Goodyear Airport area that will help revitalize this employment center. It now joins a list of many other successful companies in the region,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. “Anytime we can bring jobs to the city, it benefits our entire community.”

The newest location in Goodyear marks Gorbel’s fourth manufacturing facility, with other operations in New York, Alabama, and China.

“The Greater Phoenix region continues to be a place where manufacturing facilities can expand operations and quickly scale,” says Chris Camacho, President & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “The addition of Gorbel to our region speaks to the strong leadership in the City of Goodyear and the region’s ability to connect, collaborate and build our economy together.”

Gorbel is growing and in 2015 expanded into the medical arena with the launch SafeGait 360 Balance and Mobility Trainer, which uses the company’s G-Force® Intelligent Lifting Technology and uses it to help patients who are recovering from stroke, spinal cord injuries, amputations, or traumatic brain injuries to learn to walk again in a way that decreases the risk of injury to both the patients and their therapists.

“Following a competitive site selection process, Gorbel found Goodyear to be the perfect location to serve its west coast customers,” said Sandra Watson, President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “This demonstrates the attractiveness of the West Valley’s workforce and operating environment to growing companies. Gorbel joins an increasing number of manufacturers choosing Arizona, and we thank them for their investment in our state.”

Greater Phoenix businesses supported the expansion of Gorbel to the region. Representing the tenant was John Werstler from CBRE and representing the landlord was Brian Gleason with Colliers.

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About Gorbel
Gorbel® Inc. is a leader in overhead material handling, ergonomic lifting, and industrial fall protection. Since 1977, Gorbel® has been dedicated to providing high-quality solutions to protect critical investments-people, products, and resources. As an innovator and leader in the enclosed track work station crane industry, Gorbel® has over 40 years of experience providing overhead solutions from 50lbs to 40 ton to customers in a wide range of industries. “We Improve People’s Lives” is the cornerstone in Gorbel®’s mission. We are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality equipment and service available.

About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Established in 1989, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) actively works to attract and grow quality businesses and advocate for the competitiveness of Greater Phoenix. As the regional economic development organization, GPEC works with 22-member communities, Maricopa County and more than 150 private investors to accomplish its mission, and serve as a strategic partner to companies across the world as they expand or relocate. GPEC’s business development team provides confidential, expert support to companies as they plan their expansion and relocation strategies, including labor and economic impact data and analytics, streamlined real estate searches, and connectivity to decision makers. Consistently ranked as a top national economic development organization, GPEC’s approach to connectivity extends beyond the fabric of the community. Known as The Connected Place, Greater Phoenix is in a relentless pursuit of innovative and entrepreneurial technology-focused companies that are committed to changing the game. For more information about GPEC, visit www.gpec.org or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create – attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit www.azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.

About the City of Goodyear
Located less than 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Goodyear has more than 300 days of sunshine and a diverse blend of amenities with abundant cultural, educational and entertainment resources. Today, the population is more than 81,000, comprised of a highly educated and skilled workforce. Affordable housing, low costs of doing business and a lot of Southwest charm create the right economic conditions for businesses to thrive – all within close proximity to Interstate 10, the Loop 101 and 303 freeways, and excellent transportation access to airports and rail services. Goodyear is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation with best-in-class companies such as Sub-Zero, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, REI, AerSale, Dick’s Sporting Goods, UPS and more. It is also the spring training and player development home of Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.