Ground was broken on a window manufacturing facility expected to bring 415 full-time jobs to Goodyear just days after a tech company announced plans for a 1 million-square-foot campus in the city.
Bayport, Minnesota-based Andersen Corp. has officially started construction on its facility in Goodyear’s industrial corridor, west of the Phoenix Goodyear Airport.
The groundbreaking came days after Santa Clara, California-based Vantage Data Centers announced plans to build a 1 million-square-foot campus in Goodyear. The Goodyear plant will be the company’s largest.
The sites join a growing roster of manufacturing and tech jobs coming to Goodyear in recent months.
Andersen: 415 jobs in 4 years
Andersen entered a 10-year agreement with Goodyear that requires 51 percent of its jobs to pay minimum annual salaries of $41,133 and the rest to pay at least $31,200.
The facility is expected to open in 2020.
Most of the jobs in the 546,000-square-foot facility will be production positions, but there will also be engineering jobs, maintenance technicians and supervisors.
Vantage: 1 million-square foot tech campus
Vantage Data Centers also joined the lineup. The company on Tuesday said it purchased 50 acres of land on the southeast corner of Van Buren Street and Bullard Avenue.
The site will be used for three data-center buildings and office space, the company said. It will be the largest Vantage campus once it’s fully developed.
Construction is expected to begin early this year; the campus is expected to be operational in 2020.
Vantage isn’t ready to announce how many jobs are coming to the campus, a company spokeswoman said.
“We are excited Vantage chose Goodyear for its largest data center campus to date,” Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said in a statement. “This innovative company leads the way in energy-efficient data centers, and they are changing the landscape of the West Valley to a forward-thinking focus.”
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Big-name employers in Goodyear
Goodyear has nabbed a number of prominent employers in the last year.
In 2018, Goodyear attracted:
- A Ball Corp. aluminum can manufacturing plant.
- A UPS Inc. internet fulfillment center.
- A Chewy Inc. internet fulfillment center.
The three were expected to create a combined 1,200 full-time jobs by the end of 2019.
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