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From the Mayor - INFOCUS - November/December 2011

Goodyear is earning a reputation as a city on the leading edge of international business development and expansion.  Our increasingly impressive profile was reinforced last month when I attended a luncheon hosted by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council honoring Irish Ambassador Michael Collins. Many members of GPEC's Certified Ambassador program, which I chair, and the GPEC International Leadership Committee also attended. Rudy Vetter, GPEC's international business development vice president, said the global economic microcosm emerging in the West Valley is impressive. Elaborating on that when I spoke to the group, I described Goodyear's recent economic triumphs in attracting internationally known companies like Netherlands-based Schoeller Arca Systems, Saint-Gobain Corp. of France, China's Suntech Power Inc., and U.S.-based Sub-Zero Inc. As a region, the West Valley is quickly becoming a well-integrated player in the global supply chain. Spain-based Rioglass Solar is making Surprise its new U.S. headquarters and home to a facility that manufactures curved glass sheet for thermo electrical power stations like the one planned near Gila Bend. Gestamp Solar Steel USA, also based in Spain, is opening a solar component manufacturing facility in Surprise.

Mayor Georgia Lord
Mayor Georgia Lord

The synergy between these internationally-known companies is attracting global attention, highlighting the West Valley as a convenient and strategic location for companies with strong markets in California and other regional destinations. I am proud to be a citizen of Goodyear, and thrilled to see our city joining the ranks of international business successes.

Georgia Lord

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Last Updated: 11/14/2011


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