The expansion of a Tempe portable generator manufacturer will create hundreds of jobs and bring millions of dollars in investment to Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday.
Clear Energy Systems said it plans to purchase or build a 130,000-square-foot facility in either Phoenix or Tempe to launch a new, “green” one-megawatt generator that uses natural gas or biogas, which is produced by fermenting organic waste.
“Clear Energy’s presence in Arizona means two important things: new jobs and investment in our economy,” Brewer said. “These are good, stable and high-wage jobs that Arizona deserves.”
She and others said the move will create 225 jobs over the next three years.
“Now the state of Arizona is stepping up and getting competitive,” said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
The Arizona Competitiveness Package, which provides different business incentives and tax benefits to boost the state economy, was signed into law this year by Brewer and played a major role in the Clear Energy’s decision to expand, said Kristen Hellmer, a spokeswoman for the Commerce Authority.
Although Hellmer wouldn’t provide details of what these incentives are worth, she said they include a job-training grant and a forgivable, performance-based loan from the Commerce Authority.
Anthony Carmen, Clear Energy’s CEO, said the company decided to expand in Arizona because of the incentives package that was offered by Brewer, the Commerce Authority and GPEC.
Don Cardon, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, said that despite a poor Arizona economy inquiries from companies interested in relocating to the state have increased since the competitive package was passed this year.
The benefits of keeping local companies here and bringing businesses from across the country extend beyond new jobs, he said.
“We are advancing not just in terms of the numbers (of businesses) but our footprint and hold of technology advancements,” Cardon said. “The companies that we are securing are on the leading edge of technology.”
Brandon Quester is a reporter for Cronkite News Service.