With convenient market accessibility, an abundance of low-cost labor and an affordable operating environment, Arizona continually ranks as one of the best states for manufacturing. Over 5,000 manufacturers call Arizona home, allowing them to access over 34 million consumers within a half-day truck haul.
Silent Aire is a manufacturer of custom HVAC systems in the healthcare, industrial and data center markets. The company, based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has been in business for over 20 years with its product deployed around the globe. In 2013, Silent Aire expanded operations into Gilbert, Arizona employing approximately 150 individuals.
Rigid Industries is a world leader in forward-projecting LED lighting. Rigid LED lighting products are used in agriculture, construction, police, fire, rescue, industrial, marine, military, mining, off-road and power sports. Known for its rugged, durable products, and backed by a world-renowned warranty program, Rigid Industries® is committed to providing innovative technologies, and guarantees a quality product designed, engineered and assembled in the US.
Footprint, headquartered in Gilbert, AZ, is a sustainable technology firm focused on reducing or eliminating plastics through the development and manufacturing of revolutionary technologies. Its innovative holistic approach to raw material sourcing, manufacturing and process improvement allows Footprint to manufacture environmentally friendly packaging solutions that cost less. Initially focusing on bio-based reinforced plastics and the design, development and implementation of next generation manufacturing for fiber based packaging; Footprint is enabling manufacturing to return to North America by providing cost competitive packaging solutions to fortune 500 companies.
Colnatec, LLC. designs, develops and manufactures state-of-the-art sensors and electronic instrumentation used in the production of thin film solar cells, OLED displays, optics, high speed electrical devices and semiconductor wafers. In keeping with its rapid growth in the sector, Colnatec credits Gilbert with being able to meet all of the physical, technical and infrastructure requirements for not only their corporate offices, but also for their R&D and manufacturing facilities.
Colnatec is the holder of numerous patents, the recipient of a Department of Energy Phase I and Phase II SBIR Awards for a revolutionary sensor to be used in manufacturing CIGS solar cells, and one of 8 winners of the Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge Grant Program to promote innovation in the technology sector.
TOMAR Electronics Inc. has designed and manufactured industry leading emergency signaling products in the U.S.A. since 1968. From the latest in emergency vehicle lighting, LED lightbars, LED lightheads, sirens, and optical preemption systems to audible and visual warning signals for industrial applications.
As a high technology contract design and manufacturing organization, Pure-Logic Industries, Inc. provides a one-stop solution for Original Equipment Manufacturers (O.E.M.’s) seeking to consolidate their vendor base. Pure-Logic will evaluate product features and collaborate with clients on product enhancements and cost management. Focused industries include: medical and semi-conductor equipment, aerospace component, bio-pharmaceutical equipment and commercial products.
Gilbert-based companies enjoy benefits from decades of investment in local education and workforce development initiatives, as well as access to more than 65,000 manufacturing and service technicians within a 45-minute commute.
Maricopa Community Colleges, one of the largest community college networks in the nation, produces top two-year technical talent with 270,000 students. Chandler-Gilbert Community College offers educational programs centered on careers in manufacturing. The college focuses on three major sub-categories primarily found in the Phoenix market:
- High-Tech Manufacturing: The manufacture of high-tech equipment such as computers, semiconductors, electronic instruments, and communications equipment.
- Aerospace: The manufacture of aircraft, aircraft engines, rockets, missiles, space vehicles, and navigation equipment for both the military and civilian markets.
- Other Manufacturing: All other manufacturing areas, including food and metals processing, clothing, chemicals, furniture, machinery, electrical, and transportation equipment manufacturing.
The East Valley Institute of Technology offers an adult education as well as a high school education Precision Manufacturing program that allows students to learn the set up and operation of modern, manual and computerized tools used by machinists, die and mold makers, and skilled professionals in the manufacturing industry. Through this program, students will develop leadership, management, quality control, business and customer relations skills while working towards national certifications.