Nike is making a significant manufacturing investment in its US innovation footprint by opening a new Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation (Air MI) facility in Goodyear, Arizona. This expansion is expected to generate more than 500 full-time jobs and result in an investment of at least US$184 million. Hiring for the new facility will begin immediately.
Building renovations will begin later this summer and production of Nike Air soles is expected to start in early 2020. When complete, ‘the new Air MI facility will help meet growing demand for Nike’s most distinctive innovations.’
“The expansion of Air MI in Arizona helps us keep pace with the growing demand for Nike Air and also greatly increases the size of our US manufacturing footprint,” said Eric Sprunk, Nike’s Chief Operating Officer. “We want to thank the State and City of Goodyear for their partnership as we continue to accelerate our growth.”
The new Arizona facility represents Nike’s third manufacturing location dedicated to Nike Air. Alongside Nike Air MI’s existing facilities in Oregon and Missouri, which have recently undergone their own expansions, the new Arizona location will bring together experts in design, engineering and product creation ‘to deliver the next era of Nike Air’.
The new facility also signals Nike’s continuing investment in scaling sustainable innovation. Currently, every Nike Air sole innovation since 2008 contains at least 50% recycled manufacturing waste. This has contributed to more than 57 million pounds of manufacturing waste being diverted from landfills from May 2018 to May 2019 alone.