The residents of Goodyear have had a difficult time finding reliable employment for the past few years. Between the closing of several large retail chains to the massive layoffs at some of the region’s largest industrial businesses, Goodyear job seekers struggle to meet their economic needs.
The I-10 Reliever Route, Loop 303, is already attracting some major industrial employers to the PV303 Business Park in the Goodyear and Litchfield Park regions.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Distribution Center, 4651 N. Cotton Lane, Litchfield Park.
West Valley residents were thrilled in 2013 when Dick’s Sporting Goods opened the doors to their 60-acre, 624,000-square-foot distribution warehouse facility. The distribution center currently employs almost 300 personnel, ranging widely in job detail, skill-level and pay scale.
REI Distribution Center, 4877 N. Cotton Ln., Litchfield Park.
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a major sporting good and outdoor recreation retail chain was also attracted the commercially and logistically strategic location of the Goodyear PV303 Business Park. REI’s management has not officially released the exact number of job positions that they expect to fill, but experts estimate that number could be in the upper 100s.
Sub-Zero and Wolf Appliance, 4295 N. Cotton Ln., Goodyear.
Luxury appliance manufacturing giant, Sub-Zero & Wolf, have already filled in 100% of the originally expected 100 job positions five years before the anticipated target date, Sub-Zero manager, Ron Jones, stated in the Phoenix Business Journal. The Goodyear manufacturing plant has experienced such rapid growth that they plan to nearly double the current facility size and strive to open up an additional 100 jobs over the next several years.
Many More Industrial Businesses Expected
A lot of chatter within the West Valley business and government circles suggest the location has potential to bring in many more businesses within the next few years. Goodyear’s Economic Development Department project manager, Harry Paxton predicts several thousands of additional jobs is reasonable to expect by the time the 303 Loop project is completed.