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Imperial Brown Plans Tucson, Arizona, Manufacturing Complex

09/13/2021
A manufacturer of walk-in coolers and freezers for commercial kitchens, Imperial Brown, plans to open a 99,000-square-foot production plant in Tucson, Arizona. The project is expected to create roughly 100 new jobs over the coming years.

The facility, located at the Tucson Airport Distribution Center at the corner of E. Medina Road and Brosius Avenue, will be completed in January 2023. Construction of the state-of-the-art facility is set to begin in Q1 of 2022.

“Tucson was selected after a year-long survey of potential locations in the Southwest. It beat out other cities in Arizona, because of its balanced mix of climate, demographics, cost of living and population density. The Tucson factory will be focused on bringing IB’s quality products and unparalleled service levels to the underserved Southwestern region,” said Justin Sandall, president of Imperial Brown.

Tucson will be the company’s fourth plant, with other facilities located in Portland, Oregon, Salisbury, North Carolina, and Prague, Oklahoma.

“We’re thrilled Imperial Brown chose Tucson to build their state-of-the-art walk-in cooler and freezer manufacturing facility,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA). “Arizona’s low cost of doing business, modern infrastructure and highly-skilled workforce provide an ideal environment for manufacturing facilities such as this. We look forward to supporting Imperial Brown’s success long into the future.”

Imperial Brown is a leader in temperature management facilities for food service, biotechnology, medical and building construction industries. The company manufactures walk-in coolers and freezers for restaurants and commercial kitchens, cold storage components for fish processing plants, ice makers for dam construction, wide range testing chambers, pharmaceutical development and manufacturing, high humidity and dry chambers, robotic enclosures, and archival storage chambers.

“The economy in Tucson and Southern Arizona continues to thrive, even in a pandemic environment,” said Joe Snell, president & CEO of Sun Corridor Inc. “We’re thrilled to be selected once again as a location of choice for a well-established, growing manufacturer.”

Project partners include Sun Corridor Inc., Pima County, City of Tucson, Arizona Commerce Authority, Harsch Investment Properties and the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona.

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