Recent Project Successes and Announcements FY17/18
Business Attraction & Expansion Successes
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Amazon, the global e-commerce leader, has selected a site at the Port of Tucson for a new high-tech fulfillment center. Amazon employees, at the more than 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center, will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics, household items and toys. The company will be adding 1,500 jobs in one of the largest buildings ever built in the Tucson area, with a capital expenditure of $145 million. The project is expected to create an economic impact of $600 million over the next five years.
Arconic Fastening Systems
Arconic holds the number one global position in aerospace fastening systems and is the North American leader in commercial transportation fasteners. Arconic’s high-tech, multi-material fastening systems are found nose to tail on aircraft and aero engines. The Tucson expansion represents an addition of a new product line, which will create 70 new jobs and a capital investment of $6 million. The project is expected to create an economic impact of more than $55 million over the next five years.
Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of products and service solutions focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company focuses on aftersales service and rental of equipment for surface and underground rock excavation, exploration drilling, rock reinforcement, ground engineering, water well, and oil and gas drilling. The Tucson operations serve Arizona and New Mexico, providing drilling, mining and construction solutions that ensure to client’s with either surface or underground operations. Atlas Copco is expected to hire 20 new employees and make a capital investment of $6 million. The project is expected to create an economic impact of more than $65 million over the next five years.
Burns McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm that is expanding their operations into Tucson. Burns McDonnell plans to open a new office in Tucson with positions that include, engineers, architects, and other construction professionals involved in the planning, design, permitting, and construction of facilities. The company plans to hire 20 employees and make a $500,000 capital investment. The project is expected to create an economic impact of nearly $26 million over the next five years.
Citigroup, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. The company will be adding 639 new positions to support new contracts and plans a capital investment of $5 million. The project is expected to create an economic impact of more than $771 million over the next five years.
Convergys is a world leader in customer experience outsourcing. Convergys delivers services in 58 languages and from more than 150 locations around the globe. Convergys provides a portfolio of capabilities, including customer care, analytics, tech support, collections, home agent, and end-to-end selling. The company is will be adding a 150 new employees at the Tucson location to support new contracts. The project is expected to create an economic impact of almost $63 million over the next five years.
GEICO is the second-largest private passenger automobile insurance company in the US and is a leading employer in Tucson with 2,100 employees. GEICO will build a new regional office at The Bridges, a mixed use development located near I-10 between Park Avenue and Kino Parkway. In addition to the 2,100 existing employees, the new office will house an additional 861 new employees, which will make GEICO one of the largest private employers in the region. GEICO plans to make a capital investment of nearly $20 million. The project is expected to create an economic impact of almost $620 million over the next five years.
Spectrum Plastics Group is a leader in the design, development, and manufacture of specialty medical plastic products. The company is expanding their operations in Nogales, Arizona by adding several new production lines. Spectrum plans to hire 32 new employees and make a capital investment of $3.6 million. The project is expected to create an economic impact of more than $24 million over the next five years.
Mister Car Wash
Mister Car Wash is expanding its Tucson-based headquarters. The company operates 244 car washes and 33 lube centers in 21 states, including 15 car washes in Pima County that employ 615 people. Mister Car Wash is expected to hire 47 new employees at their headquarters and plans to make a $6 million capital investment at their new office. The project is expected to create an economic impact of more than $54 million over the next five years.
Northwest Healthcare announced a new 18-bed hospital and expanded medical services on the southeast corner of I-19 and Sahuarita Road. Northwest Healthcare is an affiliate of Community Health Systems Inc., a Fortune 500 company and the largest provider of general hospital healthcare services in the U.S., in terms of the number of acute care facilities. This new $37.5 million facility and related physician offices/services will add 156 new jobs in Sahuarita. The project is expected to create an economic impact of more than $165 million over the next five years.
TuSimple, an autonomous commercial vehicle technology company based in China, has opened a new facility in Tucson that will serve as a hub for testing autonomous semi-trucks. The company anticipates creating 100 new jobs, which will primarily be advanced engineering positions, in addition to truck drivers and operators. TuSimple also projects to invest $15 million in capital expenditures bringing its economic impact to $81.7 million over the next five years.