The Cutting Edge – October 2019

The Cutting Edge

State lawmakers tour manufacturing companies

On Oct. 22-23, Arizona state legislators and industry leaders visited major manufacturers across the state during the inaugural Arizona Manufacturers Council’s Made In Arizona tour.

Gov. Ducey kicked off the two-day event at Sub-Zero with remarks about Arizona’s thriving economy and the recent influx of manufacturers in the state.

Sub-Zero was the first manufacturer on the 303 corridor and its Goodyear facility produces 60% of the company’s total products. It was also the first Foreign-Trade Zone established in the West Valley.

After Sub-Zero, the group visited PepsiCo‘s Gatorade facility in Tolleson where they were able to see how the drink is made, packaged and distributed.

The group learned about PepsiCo’s water-use efficiency standards and the company’s goal to replenish 100 percent of the water consumed for manufacturing in drought-prone areas by 2025. The Tolleson facility also has the largest Rooftop-Mounted Solar Thermal system in North America.

Next, the group toured The Boeing Company‘s Mesa facility. Boeing has been in Arizona for 37 years and employees more than 4,300 people. It also partners with 316 suppliers and vendors that contribute more than $1.4 billion in economic output annually.

Next was Benchmark‘s Phoenix facility. Benchmark moved its corporate headquarters to Tempe in 2017 to work closer with the state’s universities, recruit young talent and join the state’s impressive manufacturing industry. The company currently employs 330 people in Arizona.

On day two, Made In Arizona was in Tucson to Raytheon and Pima Community College Aviation Technology Center.

At Raytheon, participants got to tour the factory and seeing first hand how the defense contractor company makes military and commercial electronics. They also plan to hire an additional 1,000 employees at the Tucson facility. Raytheon employs more than 13,000 Arizonans and contributes an annual impact of $2.6 billion.

Pima Community College Aviation Technology Center was recently awarded a $15 million appropriation from the State of Arizona and Gov. Doug Ducey to expand the technology center, which has an economic impact of $225 million over five years.

College officials, including PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert, showed participants the plans for the future of the Aviation Technology Center and also taught them about the education process of learning the skills needed to manufacture aviation parts.

The tour also included a reception where attendees were offered award winning Arizona wine courtesy of Triadvocates, LLC.

Made in Arizona was sponsored by Raytheon, Triadvocates, LLC, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Westmarc, Pivot Manufacturing, Tucson Electric Power, the Arizona Commerce Authority, the University of Arizona, Boeing, Pima Community College, Sun Corridor, Inc., and Arizona Public Service.

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Arizona Manufacturers Council honors industry leaders with Manufacturer of the Year awards

Earlier this month, the Arizona Manufacturers Council held its 2019 Arizona Manufacturers Summit, where the organization honored standout leaders in the manufacturing industry.

The event had keynote speakers including AMC Chairwoman Dawn Grove, Nikola President Mark Russell and Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Senior Vice President and Chief Banking Officer Stephen Renna.

The event concluded with a presentation of the Manufacturers of the Year awards, which were:

  • Advocate of the Year: David Garafano, Executive Director of the Arizona MEP
  • Legislator of the Year: Rep. Joanne Osborne (LD-13) and Rep. Jeff Weninger (LD-17)
  • Excellence in Innovation: InsulTech, LLC
  • Excellence in Sustainability: SenesTech Inc. 
  • Small Manufacturer of the Year: Interface Inc. 
  • Medium Manufacturer of the Year: Cassavant Machining Inc. 
  • Large Manufacturer of the Year: Benchmark Electronics

Read more on Chamber Business News.


Upcoming Events

HeroZona Military Employment Summit

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 | 11 am to 2 pm

Sheraton Phoenix Crescent Hotel

2620 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix 85021

HeroZona Career Event (& Suns Game)

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

Career Connections: 9 am to 12 pm

Career Fair: 12 pm to 3 pm

Suns Game: 7 pm

Talking Stick Resort Arena

201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix 85004

AMC Environmental Issues Breakfast

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 | 7 am to 8 am

Mission Possible Cafe

1516 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix 85007

Legislative Forecast Luncheon

Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 | 11 am to 1:30 pm

Arizona Biltmore

2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix 85016

Environmental & Sustainability Summit 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 to Friday, July 24, 2020

High Country Conference Center

201 W. Butler Ave., Flagstaff 86001


Message from the Chair

October is Manufacturing Month, and Arizona’s manufacturing industry is flourishing in this season. The state is currently seeing its strongest manufacturing job growth in 30 years. In fact, from 2014 to 2018, Arizona’s manufacturing employment increased 9 percent, more than double the national average of 4 percent.

This month the Arizona Manufacturers Council celebrated the robust industry with multiple events including the annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards and inaugural Made in Arizona bus tour. At our Manufacturer of the Year awards event, we celebrated Arizona manufacturers InsulTech, SenesTech, Interface, Cassavant Machining and Benchmark Electronics for their display of innovative products and processes, workforce development leadership, environmental sustainability and/or all-around manufacturing excellence. We also honored AMC Legislators of the Year Representative Joanne Osborne and Representative Jeff Weninger, who both supported key legislation to help Arizona manufacturers become more globally competitive. On Oct. 22, the AMC kicked off its inaugural Made in Arizona bus tour that gave industry leaders and state lawmakers an insiders’ look through some of the great manufacturers that are helping Arizona become known as the best place globally to innovate, test and quickly large-scale produce technologically advanced products. 

As some of you may have seen, last week I spoke about the urgency of passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in a television piece produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with assistance from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Arizona Manufacturers Council. Also, yesterday at PING, I had the privilege of moderating a panel discussion between Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and the Assistant Secretary for Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce Tom Gilman — such an exciting way to cap off an extraordinary Manufacturing Month!  

Thank you all for your continued support of our extraordinary makers in Arizona. 


AMC Chair Dawn Grove


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The Arizona Manufacturers Council is the voice of Arizona manufacturing. We are a community of makers dedicated to creating the innovations that safeguard and improve people’s lives and to providing the jobs that anchor Arizona’s economy. We are the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers and we aim to promote and enhance a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries that operate within Arizona. 


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