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REI Goodyear Distribution Center

REI to open 400KSF distribution center on Loop 303

Seattle-based REI, a leading outdoor retailer, has announced it will open a 400,000-square-foot distribution center creating more than 100 new jobs in the West Valley – becoming the third tenant along the newly-opened Loop 303 in Goodyear.

REI offers its members and customers outdoor gear and apparel for activities such as for hiking, biking and camping. The company is expected to break ground on the facility covering 34 acres near Loop 303 and Camelback Road in May and open in early 2016. REI has been one of a few select companies recognized on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” since the recognition began in 1998.

“This is exciting news,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. “Not only does REI’s announcement mean more jobs in the city, it signals businesses continuing to open along Loop 303 – a major corridor of land available for development. We’re glad REI selected Goodyear to set up shop, and we look forward to having them here.”

Through the new distribution center, REI and REI.com customers will benefit from shorter cycle times required to replenish product, ensuring for more options on store shelves and shorter deliveries. Once the Goodyear facility is up and running, the company will reach 20 percent more customers with two-day ground service.

“We are privileged to join the community of Goodyear as we expand our distribution capacity and services to the southwest market,” said Rick Bingle, REI’s vice president of Supply Chain. “The Goodyear distribution center will enable us to continue to focus on the needs of customers by moving our gear and apparel more quickly and efficiently, now and into the future.”

REI has partnered with Sunbelt Holdings/Merit Partners     as developers for the project.

“We are very excited that REI has selected PV303 for their new distribution and fulfillment center,” said Kevin Czerwinski, President of Merit Partners. “REI joins other corporate household names currently located at PV303, all benefiting from the availability of quality labor, fantastic logistics, freeway identity, and foreign trade zone.”

The addition of REI to Goodyear continues to solidify not only Goodyear’s, but the West Valley’s presence as a major player in online fulfillment centers that provide high-quality goods to consumers and retailers throughout the western United States.

Sandra Watson, president of CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, said Arizona is a prime location for companies such as REI.

“Arizona’s world-class infrastructure system and strategic Southwest location are key advantages supporting the distribution channel and supply chain management needs of growing national and international companies, Watson said. “We welcome REI to our business community and thank them for investing in Goodyear for their corporate expansion.”

The sentiments of Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, echoed Watson’s.

“There has been significant investment in infrastructure in the West Valley, and the recently completed PV303 business park is another example of how our region is growing businesses,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

“The decision by REI to locate their newest facility to the city of Goodyear at the PV303 is emblematic of this commitment, and Mayor Georgia Lord and her team have contributed greatly to this effort. Together, we look forward to welcoming REI to the region,” Camacho added.

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Goodyear Mayor Appointed To Defense Task Force

The City of Goodyear announced that Mayor Georgia Lord will serve on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Defense Transition Task Force. The mission of the task force will be to determine strategies for cities to deal with reductions in defense spending and transition issues that they will likely face as the nation shifts from combat roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton serves as chair of the Defense Transition Task Force.

In 2011, Congress created a bi-partisan deficit “super committee” as part of a compromise to raise the debt ceiling. The group met for three months and was tasked with reducing federal spending by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, but failed to create a plan. As a penalty for the group’s failure, mandatory across-the-board spending reductions will be imposed beginning Jan. 2, 2013. The defense portion of these mandatory cuts is $492 billion, in addition to $487 billion in defense cuts already being implemented at the Pentagon.

“If indeed these cuts amounting to nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years must be made, then I want to fight for a strategy to ease the impact on the people who have served in wars past and the current conflict against global terrorism,” said Mayor Lord, who spent 24 years as a military wife before her husband, Ron, retired as a Colonel from the Air Force. “It goes without saying national defense is vital to everyone, especially to our residents, our employers and our community. It has been a part of daily life in Goodyear for nearly 100 years.”

With global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin located at Phoenix Goodyear Airport and numerous military personnel that operate out of nearby Luke Air Force Base currently residing in Goodyear, Mayor Lord will look to protect jobs for Goodyear citizens working in the defense industry as well as limiting the economic burdens of defense cuts for Arizona residents.

Overall, Arizona ranks among the Top 5 states in the U.S. in defense contracts, as well as in the Top 10 in aerospace contracts. According to a George Mason University study, the $500 billion in defense sequestration would lead to a loss of 50,000 jobs in Arizona, in addition to a loss of $2.5 billion in income and a $5 billion decrease in gross state product within the state.

In addition to the Defense Transition Task Force, Mayor Lord also supports Luke Forward for F-35 aircraft training at Luke Air Force Base and is a member of the Luke West Valley Council to address community issues affecting the military base. She also currently serves on the Maricopa County Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council and Transportation Policy Committee, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors, Westmarc Board of Directors, the League of Arizona Cities Executive Committee, West-MEC Bond Committee and the Arizona Tax Commission.

For more information on the U.S. Conference of Mayors, visit usmayors.org.