An aerial site plan shows the roads, Hanna and Houser roads, that will be developed with the federal grant to access the Inland Port of Arizona, which includes shovel-ready heavy industrial sites. PROVIDED BY SAINT HOLDINGS
(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Saint Holdings, the landowner in the deal.)
By Taylor Griffith | Pinal Central
COOLIDGE — Inland Port Arizona is adding another high-profile company to its list of occupants after multinational consumer goods company Procter & Gamble announced it had selected the logistics park as the location for its next U.S. manufacturing plant.
The $500 million project in Coolidge announced Friday would be only the third new plant the company has built since 1971.
“We haven’t expanded a lot in the U.S. for many years,” David Nieves, product supply senior director for the company, told PinalCentral.
After considering 500 other sites over several states, Nieves said the company had decided to purchase 427 acres within IPAZ for the project. He said they expect to break ground in late 2023 and begin production on various Tide, Downy and Bounce laundry products, including Tide Pods, Downy Unstopables and Bounce dryer sheets, by 2025.
Nieves said IPAZ ultimately won the deal due to “the fact that Arizona is one of the fastest growing states, Pinal County is one of the fastest growing counties within the state. (And) the support that we’ve had from my team, from this council, from members of the community, from the county, have been absolutely amazing.”
The company owns 130 plants in 70 countries and has a workforce of over 100,000.
The site is along the Union Pacific Railroad. Inland ports are designated by U.S. Customs to allow shipment directly to or from overseas.
Jackob Andersen, owner of Saint Holdings LLC, the real estate company that purchased and developed land for IPAZ near State Route 87 south of Coolidge’s traditional boundaries, was pleased to hear of the triumph over 500 other potential sites on Friday.
After previously landing companies like Lucid Motors (in Casa Grande) and Nikola Corporation — two leaders in the electric automotive industry — Andersen said, “We’re trying to attract companies of this caliber all the time, but we really landed the jackpot in Procter & Gamble, being such an old established company.