Arizona Manufacturing is Boost for Local Economy

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 12.00.24 PM In Arizona, high-tech advancements and new technologies are created everyday. In the month of October, join us to celebrate the manufacturing revolution for Arizona Manufacturers Month!

logo_azmanufacturingA manufacturing company is know for processing raw materials into finished goods that meets a specific customers needs or wants. In Arizona, there are currently more than 4,500 manufacturers producing all sorts of goods ranging from food products to high tech parts to send a rover to Mars. 

The Arizona Commerce Authority outlines some interesting statistics that show just how much of an impact manufacturing has on the Arizona economy:

  • Total manufacturing employment exceeded 155,000 in 2013
  • 1 manufacturing job in Arizona supports an additional 1.30 jobs, which means there are 201,556 additional jobs in Arizona that are supported by manufacturing.
  • Over 80% of Arizona's $19.4 billion in exports for 2013 were manufactured goods.
  • The average yearly wage for a manufacturing position in 2013 was $69,060.

This goes to show that manufacturing is a positive force in the Arizona economy and provides quality, high-paying jobs for Arizonans. When we buy goods that are manufactured locally in Arizona, the dollars we spend go to support local manufacturing jobs and help support a strong local economy. So be sure to seek out brands that are made in Arizona!

Curious about what exactly is being manufactured in Arizona? Check out Local First Arizona's local manufacturing members!

A-1 Mattress - A-1 Mattress was established in 1978 as a father and son team in the Tucson community creating jobs, sponsoring local charities and participating in recycling programs. They will make the one-third of your life that you spend sleeping the best experience you'll ever have. Sleep like a kid again in their high quality, personally made mattresses!

A&E Recycled Granite - Family owned and operated with three generations involved in A&E Recycled Granite. With their love for the outdoors, they strive to give homes the beauty of Arizona's natural landscape in all of their products.

Adobe Awning and Shade - adobe awningA family owned business since 2002, Adobe Awning and Shade is a full-service contractor with Twenty+ years of experience in the service industry, providing quality service to residential, industrial and commercial clients in the Greater Southwest Region. They can cover all of your shading needs from remodeling projects to all new construction.

Artistry in Glass - Design, manufacture and installation of etched, decorative and leaded glass for commercial, residential & liturgical applications.

Coyote Gasket - Coyote Gasket specializes in commercial refrigeration gasket replacement and repair. They locally manufacture their gaskets and are able to provide their customers with not only a substantial savings but a 24 - 48 hour turn around.

Futon Favorite - The Futon Favorite has been in the trade of retailing and manufacturing futon mattresses since 1992. They specialize in all types of futon mattress,natural and organic.We carry foldable futon sofa frames and solid hardwood platform beds.

tepa burgerLocal Alternative Food Manufacturing - Tepa Burger™ is manufactured locally and a unique versatile vegetarian protein. We celebrate Arizona's heritage using Tepary Beans and Arizona grown ingredients like chiles, kale, honey and Organic lemons. Tepa™ is made from whole foods, has a meaty texture and a robust southwestern flavor.

M Custom Furniture, Inc - M Custom Furniture, Inc. handcrafts elegant wood custom furniture for businesses and homes. They also manufacture two lines of standard business furniture, the Ritorna and MOVE Series. After 30 years of woodworking, they are masters at their craft where no detail is too small or challenge too great.

Mi Casa Tortilla Factory - Mi Casa Tortilla Factory manufactures flour, wheat & corn tortillas and masa.

Paul Wesley Constr. ACC Cabinets & Countertops - Arizona custom cabinet and countertop manufacturer since 1985, specializing in European cabinets and countertops.

Request Manufacturing - Flexible furniture and millwork for commercial interiors.

shelves that slideShelves That Slide - Shelves that Slide manufactures and installs custom pull out shelving for your kitchen, pantry and bathroom cabinets.

Shutter Shaque - A valley-wide leader in luxury custom shutters since 1974. Locally owned and operated, Shutter Shaque specializes in the design, manufacturing, and installation of our exclusive line of quality real wood custom shutters.

Local Breweries, wineries, and distilleries! Arizona is home to many great microbreweries and nearly 100 wineries, plus a variety of craft distillers. These businesses all create a good that in turn employs local Arizonans!

There are also many great events around the state to celebrate Manufacturing Month, click here to find many educational events and facility tours across Arizona.

Check out these local events from That Brewery in Pine!

Wed 10/22, 11am-12:30pm- Mini Brew class at THAT Brewery Production facility in Cottonwood. Get a walk through of how we manufacture beer. Free. Location 300 E Cherry St. - Start with Scotchies, mash process, info about THAT, grain out, then transfer to kettle.

Sun 10/26 at 12:30pm - Brewery tour at THAT Brewery Production facility in Cottonwood. Free. Location 300 E Cherry St. - Tamara & Steve doing tour & that history. Walk thru of process from cracking grains to kegging.