Tempe continues to grow its business base with new companies. This week, Benchmark Electronics, an international engineering design and manufacturing firm, launched construction on 2100 Rio Salado of its new headquarters building. The groundbreaking ceremony was highlighted with speeches from attending state and local officials.
Joining Paul Tufano, Benchmark’s president and CEO at the groundbreaking ceremony in Tempe was Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, ASU President Michael Crow and Sethuraman Panchanathan, ASU’s executive vice president, Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer.
“With the groundbreaking of Benchmark’s new headquarters and 500 new jobs headed our way, eyes from New York City to Silicon Valley are once again focused on our state,” Governor Ducey said. “Benchmark’s selection of our state is further proof there is no better place than Arizona to start or scale a business or test and develop new technology.”
“Microsoft, Amazon, GoDaddy and now Benchmark, have all found a home here in Tempe,” added Tempe Mayor, Mark Mitchell. “As the company breaks ground at the prime location of 2100 Rio Salado Pkwy, we welcome them with open arms and look forward to the jobs and innovation they will bring to our community.”
The move to a new corporate headquarters, according to its CEO Tufano, is to house its staff in one central location, expand its partnership with Arizona State University’s Engineering department, and to position it closer to its key customers here in defense and aerospace. Benchmark is already in a partnership with Arizona State University to benefits students and businesses via W.P Carey School of Business and the Fulton School of Engineering.
Benchmark provides precision technology electronics products and services in a number of key business markets, like Aerospace, Medical Technologies, Defense, Industrial, Computing & Networking and Semiconductor Capital Equipment. The Company operates through three segments: the Americas, Asia and Europe. It provides services to original equipment manufacturers of industrial control equipment, including equipment for the aerospace and defense industry; telecommunication equipment; computers and related products for business enterprises; medical devices, and testing and instrumentation products. It offers integrated design and manufacturing services as well.