PHOENIX—Gorbel, a manufacturer of overhead material handling cranes and fall protection products, plans to expand to Greater Phoenix with the addition of a manufacturing facility opening in Goodyear, Arizona.

The facility will add more than 20 projected jobs during the first phase in addition to a sizable capital investment. This location serves Gorbel’s expanding customer base in the southwest region.

“Our mission is simply to ‘Improve People’s Lives.’ We believe that this customer-focused expansion will do just that by bringing production of our ergonomic lifting and safety solutions closer to current and future end users,” said Brian Reh, president and CEO of Gorbel, in a press release.

“Gorbel’s expansion in our state opens a range of new job opportunities for Arizonans in the manufacturing industry,” said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. “Adding them to the list of job creators in one of Arizona’s fastest growing industries is welcomed news.”

Gorbel evaluated Utah and Nevada, but ultimately selected Arizona for its expansion due to the location’s ability to meet its logistical needs and customer demand, lower cost of doing business, and availability of talent.

“I want to thank Gorbel for choosing FLITE for its newest location. Gorbel’s national and international presence in the industrial sector is a great addition to the Phoenix/Goodyear Airport area that will help revitalize this employment center,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. “It now joins a list of many other successful companies in the region. Anytime we can bring jobs to the city, it benefits our entire community.”

The newest location in Goodyear marks Gorbel’s fourth manufacturing facility, with other operations in New York, Alabama, and China.

“The Greater Phoenix region continues to be a place where manufacturing facilities can expand operations and quickly scale,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “The addition of Gorbel to our region speaks to the strong leadership in the City of Goodyear and the region’s ability to connect, collaborate, and build our economy together.”

Gorbel (https://www.gorbel.com/) expanded in 2015 into the medical arena with the launch SafeGait 360 Balance and Mobility Trainer, which uses the company’s G-Force® Intelligent Lifting Technology to help patients who are recovering from stroke, spinal cord injuries, amputations, or traumatic brain injuries to learn to walk again in a way that decreases the risk of injury to the patients and their therapists.

“Following a competitive site selection process, Gorbel found Goodyear to be the perfect location to serve its West Coast customers,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “This demonstrates the attractiveness of the West Valley’s workforce and operating environment to growing companies. Gorbel joins an increasing number of manufacturers choosing Arizona, and we thank them for their investment in our state.”

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