For the first time in more than two decades, the City of Buckeye has landed a major economic development project with the City Council’s approval of a pact with a large national residential glass manufacturer.
Cardinal IG Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cardinal Glass Industries, has agreed to build a new 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility just north of the city’s historic downtown.
The new facility that will house the company’s premier insulating glass (IG Divisions) that fabricates high quality, energy efficient insulating glass for some of the world’s premier residential window and door companies.
Ironically, the new facility will be located just west of the last large employer siting in Buckeye, the Wal-Mart Distribution Center that opened in 1993, and just north of Clayton Homes Buckeye Manufacturing operations.
Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck said Cardinal’s decision to locate in Buckeye and purchase land in the central part of the city could not have occurred without the city’s acquisition last year of the Global Water Company.
“By controlling key water infrastructure in strategically located areas of central Buckeye, elected officials, city staff and key stakeholders were able to bring this great opportunity to Buckeye,” Meck said.
“This is a wonderful day for the City of Buckeye and its residents, because it delivers new jobs right here into our community.”
Meck added that the city council’s move in 2015 to become the first and only city in Arizona to opt out of the collection of municipal sales tax for manufacturing operations – which he hoped could help draw other qualified manufacturers to Buckeye – was another factor in bringing Cardinal to Buckeye.
Cardinal IG Plant Manager Clayton Watson agreed.
“Buckeye officials and staff made our decision easier,” Watson said. “We looked hard and long at many sites, and it all just came together here in Buckeye.
“We are thrilled to be here and look forward to maintaining a long relationship with the community and its residents.”
According to Buckeye Economic Development Director Len Becker, efforts to bring Cardinal to the city began in early February. The Mayor, Councilmembers, City management and staff all coordinated to ensure an extraordinarily fast timeframe required by the Company.
Because of the city’s acquisition of Global Water, it will be able to provide a regional water campus in the area in which Cardinal will be locating its manufacturing operations. As part of the economic development agreement with Cardinal, the City will purchase approximately 10 acres of their site for that use.
In addition, the City will be enhancing the offsite infrastructure and provide additional traffic enhancements to the area of the facility which is north and east of the Apache and Maricopa Road Intersection.
Watson said Cardinal became interested in Buckeye and ultimately decided to pursue a location in the city because of the unilateral support of the mayor, council, staff and key stakeholders.
“They were all working together seamlessly to bring our facility to Buckeye, and that was impressive,” Watson said.
Watson added that the Buckeye manufacturing facility is expected to add an additional 50 jobs by January 2019 due to the strong demand for high quality insulating glass in the southwest region.
According to an economic impact analysis conducted by Rounds Consulting Group, Inc., this project will bring nearly $90,000 of direct revenue annually to the city, not including the indirect and induced impacts which will approach $5 million over 20 years.
City staff worked with the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the seller’s broker, Tony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg from the Phoenix office of Jones Lang LaSalle, to bring this opportunity to Arizona and Buckeye.
“This selection of Buckeye by Cardinal IG for its new insulating glass manufacturing facility is excellent news for Arizona,” said Sandra Watson, President and CES, Arizona Commerce Authority.
“A strong manufacturing presence is critical to our long-term economic competitiveness, and companies such as Cardinal IG create high-quality jobs and make significant investments in our state. This project is yet another excellent example of the collaborative approach that is so successful in attracting businesses to Arizona.”
“This announcement is truly exciting news for the region, and particularly for the City of Buckeye, and we congratulate Mayor Meck and his team for their great work in attracting Cardinal IG to the region,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
“The addition of these new manufacturing jobs will help further position our economy for the future, and we join our partners in welcoming Cardinal IG to Greater Phoenix.”
The purchase sale agreement for the regional water campus and development agreement which were approved at the June 7 Buckeye City Council meeting will become legally binding once the purchase is completed by the Cardinal IG Company by the end of July 2016.
About the City of Buckeye:
Founded in 1888, Buckeye was first settled as an agricultural town. Today, Buckeye is the country’s 15th fastest growing city (U.S. Census Bureau 2015). The reasons to live, do business and visit Buckeye extend well beyond its 360° horizons. Buckeye is pro-business, with easy access to major highways, a thoughtful plan for growth and miles of available land. Spanning 600 square miles, Buckeye’s vision for the future is as vast as its city limits. It’s truly one of the few remaining Arizona cities where opportunity can be seen in every direction and from virtually every vantage point. Buckeye . . . be a part of something big.
About Cardinal IG:
Cardinal IG Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cardinal Glass Industries and is based in Eden Prairie, Minn. Cardinal Glass Industries is a management owned S Corp with over 6,000 employees in the United States located at 37 manufacturing locations. The Insulated Glass (IG Division) fabricates high quality insulating glass for some of the world’s premier window companies.