Global electronics company cuts ribbon on new Tempe headquarters
PHOENIX – A global engineering and electronics company completed relocating its headquarters to Tempe with a grand opening ceremony Friday, bringing along 500 new jobs.
Benchmark Electronics had been based in southeast Texas since it was founded in 1979.
Jan Janick, Benchmark’s chief technology officer, said the company chose the new location because of its proximity to Arizona State University, access to aerospace and defense customers such as Honeywell and the standard of living.
“We’ve already taken advantage of hiring students and growing the engineering teams,” he told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
“We moved in here about 30 days ago, and it’s good to be home.”
Janick said the company’s entire leadership team is working out of the headquarters at the Rio 2100 office park near Tempe Marketplace.
Benchmark first announced it was coming to Arizona in 2017.
“Today’s grand opening marks the culmination of many months of hard work for so many people,” Gov. Doug Ducey said during the ceremony.
According to Ducey’s office, Arizona is home to over 8,500 technology companies, and the sector supports more than 237,000 jobs.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Peter Samore contributed to this report.