Site Selection Success


 

  • Almark Ground Breaking
    Food processing is a leading target industry for the Yuma area and a natural outgrowth of the region’s prominence in agricultural production. Almark Foods, opened a new facility in Yuma in 2018.

One of most stated aspects of economic development activities by economic development organizations is their desire/need to work with site selection firms in competing for new or expanded corporate facilities. Site selection firms are tasked with the challenge of finding a company the location that best fits its operational needs and priorities. Local and regional economic development organizations often make the case for their community in response to site selector requests for proposals.

The City of Yuma has had a very rewarding experience with site selection activities over the past 2.5 years. Yuma has seen four projects choose a city address for their new operations.

Martech Medical

Martech designs, engineers, and manufacturers medical products for sale around the globe.

  • MarTech Medical, with manufacturing operations in Mexicali, MX and headquartered in Pennsylvania, selected a 23,000 foot facility in Yuma for a new assembly and distribution operation.
  • Martech executives indicated the operation will ship more than $100 million worth of products across the globe from its new facility in a building east of Yuma International Airport.
  • Martech’s President, Timothy Schwiekert, noted that MarTech supplies 99 percent of the world’s medical device companies.
  • The facility employs approximately 30 people. 
  • Martech’s 2016 investment is the newest twin plant operation to locate in the City.

Almark Foods

Food processing is a leading target industry for the Yuma area and a natural outgrowth of the region’s prominence in agricultural production.        

  • Almark Foods, opened a new facility in Yuma in 2018.
  • The 120,000 square foot facility has opened with more than 70 employees and a capital investment of $27 million. The facility will employ over 200 workers at full production.
  • The plant is designed to produce, package, and distribute more than one million hard boiled eggs each day. The company’s 18-acre site will also accommodate a significant expansion opportunity in the future.
  • Almark Foods is based in Georgia.
  • The City of Yuma and State of Arizona provided incentive assistance in support of the project. 

MPW Industrial Services

MPW is a long established industrial services company. MPW offers a variety of services including industrial cleaning, water treatment, facility management, environmental management and container management services to clients throughout North America.

  • MPW has selected an 8-acre site in Yuma Commerce Center for its Southwest operations center. ·         Construction has started on a 30,000 square foot industrial water regeneration plant.
  • The facility will serve clients within a 700-mile radius that require pure water for their processes including automotive, power generation, petrochemical, and pulp and paper industries. 
  • The project’s $9 million capital investment will support an initial workforce of 40+ people.  The facility is slated to be operational in mid-2019.
  • The City of Yuma and State of Arizona provided incentive assistance in support of the project. 

Botanical Foods

Yuma’s standing as a center for the production of winter vegetables strengthened its ability to compete for Botanical Foods new processing facility. 

  • Botanical Foods was a 2016 acquisition of McCormick & Company and has selected Yuma, AZ as the site of their first processing facility in the U.S.
  • Australian-based Botanical Foods specializes in chilled packaged herbs sold through its Gourmet Garden brand.
  • The company has acquired a 20 acre site for the construction of a 100,000 square foot facility with room for significant expansion.
  • Construction on the $38 million facility will begin in late third quarter 2018. At completion, the herb processing and packaging facility will employ over 80 people.
  • The City of Yuma, Yuma County, and State of Arizona provided incentive assistance in support of the project.