As the calendar turns to November and we begin gearing up for the holiday season, it is a great time to reflect on all of the changes and economic growth that have occurred this year. The Goodyear Economic Development team works tirelessly to attract new development to our city, and our Development Services and Engineering Departments work to bring the projects to realization as quickly as possible. As a result, Goodyear has seen remarkable growth in 2018!
In the commercial sector, the Ball Corporation investment of $240 million is the largest initial capital investment by a company in Goodyear’s history and will create 130 high wage manufacturing jobs. UPS is planning to open its regional logistics center valued at $180 million and will eventually employ 1,500 workers; Chewy just opened a warehouse and distribution center and will create 700 jobs. This development activity shows no signs of slowing, as Andersen Windows just announced plans to build a 546,000 square foot manufacturing plant, with more expected activity to come. Goodyear is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and continues to attract world class companies, establishing Goodyear as the manufacturing and technology hub of the West Valley.
Although all of this commercial and industrial growth is impressive, I realize that residents are anxious for additional retail and entertainment options. Goodyear is well positioned for progress, and our continued commercial and residential growth offers ideal conditions for future retail development. In 2019, we expect Babbo Italian Eatery, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, EoS Fitness, and Urban Air Adventure Park. In addition, TRU by Hilton and Springhill Suites by Marriott are expected to open new locations in Goodyear, with many more shops and restaurants to follow. Goodyear is an amazing city in which to live and do business, and 2018 has been an amazing year, but I believe this is just the beginning.