Ferrero USA Goodyear-AZ Facility

Chocolate alert: Ferrero USA is launching a candy distribution center in Goodyear, with a plan to hire 50 workers. 

BB to FB: Business briefcase went blurb fishing last week on West Valley View’s Facebook site.

What do readers want to know about?

Several Facebookers wanted to know about a particular location.

As Kendra Lewis put it: “What’s the building in front of EoS on Dysart & Thomas?”

A little research on Avondale’s excellent Economic Development site provided the answer:

Black Rock Coffee has permits to build at this Avondale corner, snugly next to EoS Fitness.

BB gives a big thumbs-up to caffeine slingers, especially smaller cafes. It’s no giant, but Black Rock Coffee has five other spots around the Valley, including a Glendale location.

•Another FBer wanted to know what is going on next to Taco Bell and Popeye’s on McDowell Road and North Pebble Creek Parkway.

Answer: Valvoline Instant Oil Change is constructing a commercial site consisting of a 3-Bay building and lobby retail space.

That area is quite a hotbed for construction.

•Also coming soon, according to Goodyear’s Economic Development Department:

“W.M. Grace Companies, owner and developer of the property known as PebbleCreek Marketplace on the southwest corner of Pebble Creek Parkway and McDowell Road in Goodyear, is moving forward with infrastructure development on the 25.16 acres of land.” The property is subdivided into eight commercial lots.

•The latest Goodyear business announcement can only be described in one word: sweet!

It’s not quite a Willy Wonka factory, but this will make chocolate lovers around the West Valley grin:

Ferrero USA announced the opening of a new distribution center at 3600 Cotton Lane, Goodyear.

The company plans to add 50 local jobs at the center within its first year of operation at the 640,000 square feet center.

According to a press release, “The Goodyear facility adds capacity for Ferrero to distribute its growing portfolio of brands, including Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, and Crunch, throughout North America.”

But wait, there’s more:

“Over time, the facility will distribute other Ferrero brands, including Ferrero Rocher, Nutella, Tic Tac and Kinder.”

“I am very pleased to welcome Ferrero USA as we work together to bring the Ferrero passion for quality, creativity and innovation to life in Goodyear,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord.

•It was a tasty month for the Goodyear leader: The Alliance for Aviation Across America recently gave Lord the thumbs up (or is it wings up?) for proclaiming February “General Aviation Appreciation Month.”

“Mayor Lord’s proclamation helps highlight the economic benefits and valuable service that general aviation provides to the city of Goodyear and the state of Arizona,” said Selena Shilad, executive director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “We sincerely thank the mayor and the City of Goodyear for recognizing this vital industry.”

 •Note to the brave: Twiisted Riddles Escape Rooms has opened at 633 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite #120, Goodyear.

The latest in the trend of escape rooms, where teams work together to solve puzzles and move from room to room, opened Feb. 8 in the Shops at Serafina.