Above: Intel's massive Chandler, AZ campus in which a major expansion is underway. Source: Intel.
Arizona is a powerful manufacturing state, home to major names in the electronics and aerospace industries. The state’s educated workforce, abundance of capital, and favorable regulatory environment has helped foster a massive electronics manufacturing hub, with Intel recently announcing a massive $20 billion expansion of its Chandler plant in order to meet soaring demand for semiconductors.
Today, we’re exploring some of the key facts and trends in Arizona manufacturing and taking a look at the largest manufacturing companies in the state.
According to MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, Arizona is currently home to 4,391 manufacturers employing 219,408 workers.
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According to MNI, Phoenix is Arizona’s largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 70,197 workers. Phoenix also has the distinction of ranking eighth in the United States for number of industrial jobs.
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Other top cities in Arizona include
• Tucson (28,452 jobs)
• Tempe (26,238 jobs)
• Chandler (25,671 jobs)
• Mesa (13,291 jobs)
Maricopa County is Arizona’s largest in terms of industrial jobs, home to 178,335 workers. This is followed by Pima with 36,794 workers, Yavapai (5,814 jobs), Mohave (3,952 jobs) and Pinal (3,914 jobs).
The transportation equipment industry is Arizona’s largest in terms of employment, accounting for 15% of the state’s industrial workforce. This is followed by industrial machinery and fabricated metal products, each accounting for 13% of the state’s industrial workers. Electronics and other electrical equipment make up 9%, while instrument and related products also account for 9% of Arizona’s industrial workforce.
MNI reports there are 16,804 executive contacts among Arizona’s manufacturing companies, including 2,122 presidents, 1,769 owners and partners; 1,055 vice-presidents and 1,236 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.
Other facts to know about Arizona manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:
• 2% of Arizona manufacturers are women-owned
• 10% are publicly owned companies
• 11% import raw materials
• 29% distribute their products internationally.
Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.
|Raytheon Technologies Corp.||9,600||Tucson||AZ|
|Amkor Technology, Inc.||5,000||Tempe||AZ|
|The Boeing Co.||3,700||Mesa||AZ|
|Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc.||3,000||Morenci||AZ|
|Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Inc.||2,500||Chandler||AZ|
|General Dynamics C4 Systems||2,000||Scottsdale||AZ|
1. Intel Corp. (Chandler, AZ)
Intel ranks as the state’s largest industrial employer, employing 11,300. Established in 1968, Intel is a global technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California and was an early innovator of chip technology. Intel recently expanded its massive campus in Chandler, where it produces computer chips.
2. Honeywell Aerospace (Phoenix, AZ)
Founded in 1936 and headquartered in Phoenix, Honeywell’s Aerospace division is a global producer of avionics and aircraft engines, as well as auxiliary power units. The company has two facilities in Phoenix and seven in the state of Arizona. This is the largest of the two, employing 9,716 and focuses on aircraft engines, as well as aircraft and aerospace engine rebuilding.
3. Raytheon Technologies Corp. (Tucson, AZ)
Employing 9,600 employees, Raytheon’s Tucson campus is Arizona’s third-largest industrial employer. Established in 1922, Raytheon is among the world largest aerospace and defense manufacturers. The company’s Tucson location operates as its divisional headquarters and produces missiles.
4. Amkor Technology, Inc. (Tempe, AZ)
Established in 1968, Amkor Technology is a global leader in semiconductor packaging, design and test services. The company’s Tempe location provides contract manufacturing of leadframe, laminate and wafter-level chip scale packaging, serving the semiconductor market. The company also provides assembly, wafter bumping & probe testing.
5. Honeywell Aerospace (Phoenix, AZ)
The smaller of Honeywell’s two Phoenix locations, this facility employs 5,000 and produces aircraft controls.
6. The Boeing Co. (Mesa, AZ)
Boeing is a major aerospace company worth $93 million and its Everett campus ranks as the world’s largest building in terms of volume. With an annual revenue of $3.9 billion, the company’s Mesa plant produces aircraft controls and employs 3,700, ranking sixth in the state for number of industrial jobs.
7. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. (Morenci, AZ)
Established in 2007, this copper ore mine is the state’s seventh-largest industrial employer with 3,000 workers. An American mining company with locations around the world, Freeport mines copper, gold and molybdenum.
8. Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Inc. (Chandler, AZ)
Northrop Grumman is a global leader in aerospace and defense technology. With annual sales of $300-$400 million, this Northrop Grumman location in Chandler manufactures helicopters and employs 2,500.
9. General Dynamics C4 Systems (Scottsdale, AZ)
Founded in 1899 General Dynamics is a global defense company with a focus in aerospace, marine systems, combat systems and technologies. The company’s Scottsdale location was established in 1928 and operates as its divisional headquarters. Employing 2,000, the company develops search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical and nautical instruments.
10. Honeywell Aerospace (Tempe, AZ)
Rounding out our top ten list is the Tempe location for Honeywell Aerospace. Established in 1952, this location produces aerospace components and employs 2,000.
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