State of the State: Arizona

Continuing our look at governors’ state of the state addresses and their mentions of “manufacturing” and “industry,” today it’s Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who delivered her first State of the State on Monday. A Democrat, Brewer took office after Gov. Napolitano joined the Obama Administration, and the new governor mentioned manufacturing prominently and introduced a manufacturer to the audience. To wit:

Today, we celebrate significant progress in establishing our foothold in the solar industry, and in advancing our competitive position in the national and global economy. Our goal is to land the top solar manufacturers in the world and we are well on our way.

Recently, I was proud to announce the arrival of Suntech Power Holdings

And …

Suntech is just the beginning. I have been meeting with other large-scale manufacturers who want to come to Arizona.  Today, I want to introduce Jim Bernard. He is a Vice President of Tower Automotive, a leading auto supplier that has diversified its business into the production of solar equipment. How’s that for American creativity?

Just a few days ago, I helped secure an agreement from Tower Automotive to come to Arizona and invest more than $50 million, and create nearly 200 quality jobs.

And …

Just as we see here today, material suppliers want to locate near-by such large manufacturers. That is sure to draw additional companies — and jobs — to Arizona.

She highlighted the agreement with Tower in a separate news release, “Governor Brewer Announces Manufacturing Jobs in Arizona.”

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