Phoenix Aerospace Company Walbar Grows In Guaymas

Published: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 3:58pm
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:13am
Walbar Engine Compenents
Walbar employees stand in front of the recently completed manufacturing facility in Guaymas, Sonora.

Tempe-based Walbar Engine Components recently finished work on a new manufacturing facility in the Sonoran port city of Guaymas, near San Carlos.

The turbine component manufacturer has enjoyed strong year-to-year revenue growth, but that means the original facility was getting cramped.

“So, we need space to grow,” Walbar President Tim Grein said. “The new space is really just providing us room to grow.”

Non-aerospace manufacturing will be moved to the new 35,000-square-foot facility, and the other 70,000-square-foot building will be dedicated to aerospace work. The expansion represents an investment of roughly $10 million, according to a release from the state of Sonora.

Under previous ownership, the company operated two plants in the Phoenix metro area, but moved manufacturing to Guaymas in 2016. Grein said the Walbar is eyeing a return in coming months because its customers are asking for products that can only be made in the United States.

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