Cut Costs & Scale Fast in AZ

Scale Your Manufacturing Operations Quickly

Companies in Greater Phoenix benefit from low business costs 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. From aggressive tax credits and incentives to programs designed to increase access to capital, the region offers direct access to Arizona’s robust, pro-business climate. California-based businesses make up 28% of the region’s business attraction pipeline. Explore why.

CA vs. AZ

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California Companies Find Success in Arizona

Below are just a few California-based companies that we’ve helped expand or relocate operations to Greater Phoenix. From headquarters to manufacturing to distribution, these businesses and more have found success in the market.

Lucid Motors

Source: GPEC Database

See the Case Study with Benchmark

Hear from Roop Lakkaraju, executive vice president and CFO of Benchmark Electronics, on how his company found success expanding manufacturing operations in Greater Phoenix.

Check the Stats


for job growth
vs. California at 14th
U.S. News Report


for personal income growth
vs. California at 27th


best state for businesses, ranked by CEOs; California was last

The Anti-Red Tape State

Arizona offers the lowest unemployment insurance tax in the nation and fast-track permitting, which takes 90 days or less throughout Greater Phoenix. Plus, the City of Phoenix offers a number of convenient online permitting applications.


Source: GPEC MetroComp Tool; ADP


“We don’t feel like we’re on a constant microscope looking around the corner to see what new California employment regulation they did, how many types of overtime we have to keep track of, the rising cost of payroll tax, and workman’s comp and property tax, and regulations … rather than trying to focus on those items that killed our business — and it almost did — we can now focus on things to expand our business.” – Raffi Kajberouni, Vice President, H.E.R.O.S. Inc.


Hear more from H.E.R.O.S.’ VP on the business environment in Greater Phoenix.

By the Numbers


ASU has ranked #1 in innovation for 6 consecutive years


Fewer natural disasters in AZ vs. CA
Data from FEMA Disaster Declaration Summary, 2010-2020


most desirable metro in the country for millennials

Fastest-Growing U.S. Market

Maricopa County had the largest population growth in the U.S. over the last nine years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Greater Phoenix Population (2019)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Total New Residents in 2019

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Projected Population Growth by 2027

Source: AZ Office of Economic Opportunity

With a median age of just 38.4, Greater Phoenix is a younger market than San Francisco and San Jose.

Source: ACS 1-year

Average Cost Comparison for a High-Growth Manufacturing Operation

Compare talent supply and labor costs across major metros using our metro comp tool or contact us for a custom analysis.

Comparison assumes a Capital Investment of $5,000,000; and a 50,000 sq. ft. industrial manufacturing lease with an electricity usage of 75KW, 50,000KWh, and water/wastewater usage of 3,000cf, 5/8 meter. It accounts for 150 jobs made up of: 30 Computer-Controlled Machine Operators, 20 Laborers and Material Movers, Hand; 20 Helpers–Production Workers; 20 Machinists; 20 Team Assemblers; 12 First-Line Supervisors of Production Workers; 10 Inspectors, Testers, Samplers, and Weighers; 5 First-Line Supervisors of Laborers and Material Movers; 5 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks; 5 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators; 2 Industrial Production Managers; 1 General and Operations Managers.

Calculate Your Real Estate Savings

Select your MSA, building type and square footage to see how much you would save on annual real estate costs in Greater Phoenix.

Los Angeles
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Sq. Feet
Total Annual Savings

Calculations were performed using annual lease rates per square foot, effective property tax rates, and average costs of water, wastewater, electric and natural gas; utilities are included in office lease rates.

Sources: GPEC Metrocomp Tool; Costar Market Reports 2020

Corporate income tax rate

Cut your tax burden in half

Tap Into a Large, Diverse Labor Pool

Greater Phoenix is home to the third-largest labor pool in the U.S. and boasts an exceptional talent pool and pipeline with manufacturing-specific programs at the high school, community college and university level. More than 40 universities and other institutions of higher learning prepare the region’s workforce. Arizona’s three four-year public universities all offer a full range of engineering, engineering technology/technician and general production/industrial related programs.

“We have been able to definitely secure the talent and the number of employees that are needed, as evidenced by our production growth.” – Jim Kasselman, general manager, Dexcom


Read how Dexcom hired over 1,000 employees and increased revenue 43% by opening a facility in AZ. 

Check the Stats


Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering’s undergraduate program at ASU ranked in the top 20 percent of programs by U.S. News & World Report


total 2018 fall student enrollment in graduate & professional programs


Arizona's management level job growth between 2014-2019 via EMSI 2020 Q3

Cost of Living in Arizona

National average = 100; Source: COLI 2020 Q3

Give yourself a major raise

Top individual income tax rate


Twice the home, half the cost

Median home value


Sources: Arizona Department of Revenue; State of California Franchise Tax Board; Zillow, ZHVI

California is only a short flight away

Direct weekly flights from Phoenix Sky Harbor:


San Francisco


San Jose


Los Angeles