BD (NYSE:BDX) announced today that it will invest $65 million to build a state-of-the-art supply chain hub in Tucson, Ariz.
Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based BD’s new 120,000 square-foot facility is slated to become a hub for the company’s supply chain by serving as a final-stage manufacturing and sterilization center, according to a news release.
Built on approximately 32 acres at the northeast corner of Valencia and Kolb Road in Tucson, the $65 million facility is expected to be made operational in mid-2022, with 40 new jobs, including engineers, scientists, quality control specialists and others set to be added.
Sun Corridor projected that BD’s investment in the Tucson facility will produce a $122 million economic impact ranging over the next 10 years, BD said. The new facility adds to BD’s footprint in Arizona, which includes a $1 billion peripheral intervention business unit headquartered in Tempe.
Tucson was selected as it is centrally located between eight of BD’s major U.S. manufacturing plants and three distribution centers. The specific site in Ward 4 of Tucson was chosen by BD because it sits within compatible existing and planned industrial areas.
“Tucson is the ideal location for critical infrastructure and was selected after a careful review of a number of alternative locations in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico,” BD EVP of integrated supply chain Alexandre Conroy said in the release. “Arizona’s favorable business climate, the strength of its workforce and Tucson’s centrality to other parts of BD’s supply chain were key factors in the decision.”
Partners for the project include the Arizona Commerce Authority, City of Tucson, Pima County, Pima Community College, Tucson Electric Power, Southwest Gas, Lumen, Primus Builders, Perry Engineering, Azbil Telstar, Lesni A/S, Advanced Air Technologies, Inc, Cushman & Wakefield/PICOR and JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle).
“We’re thrilled to welcome BD to Tucson. Tucson’s strategic location, coupled with our tech companies, university, workforce and proximity to Mexico, were key strengths that led to this successful outcome for our region,” Tucson Mayor Regina Romeo said.