Eclipse Automation Inc., an Ontario-based manufacturer of custom automated equipment, opened a new 26,000-square-foot facility in Mesa (2340 W. Broadway Road) earlier this spring.
The new building was the result of a $1 million investment and began operating with 20 employees. The company says it plans to invest another $1 million and hire an additional 30 employees in the next 12 to 16 months, with a focus on mechanical and electrical engineers, machinists, machine builders and electricians, according to the Phoenix Business Journal. Employees will work to create automated equipment for some industries, including life sciences, energy, transportation, mining, industrial/consumer and electronics/telecommunications industries.
According to the company’s press release, Eclipse Automation was drawn to Mesa due to the infrastructure it has in place, which allowed them to begin production more quickly.
“We are excited to announce that Eclipse Automation is growing again by adding our third U.S. manufacturing facility located in Mesa,” Eclipse Automation CEO and President Steve Mai said in a press release. “Eclipse continues to invest in our business and our customers, and we feel Mesa is a strategic location that supports our growth strategy, broadens our service and technology capabilities and brings us closer to our customers.”
According to the Phoenix Business Journal, another reason the company chose Mesa is that its population offers diverse talent. Technology programs at local schools and universities produce a pool of skilled labor, Mai said, which allow the company to grow its workforce fast.
The city of Mesa was also happy to add Eclipse Automation to its growing tech sector. Both groups partnered with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority and for this project.
“Eclipse Automation’s commitment to innovation and advanced technology makes Greater Phoenix an optimal market for their operation to expand,” Greater Phoenix Economic Council President & CEO Chris Camacho said in a press release. “We thank them for their investment in Greater Phoenix and wish them continued success in Mesa.”