Have you noticed how Tolleson keeps popping up in Business Briefcase?
It’s because things are happening in T-town (as the hipsters call it).
After notices about jobs and development coming to Tolleson, this week’s news is on a huge, existing employer looking to improve the community.
You may need to read that last sentence again.
Meat giant JBS USA is putting the money behind its “Hometown Strong” motto, with plans to invest $1.3 million to help Tolleson “respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future,” according to the company.
JBS is working with Tolleson leaders to fund programs aimed at food insecurity, community infrastructure and well-being, and COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts. Projects will be determined by the end of the year.
“Through the Hometown Strong initiative, we are partnering with our community to make positive contributions for our neighbors,” said Jerry Brown, JBS Tolleson plant general manager. “We are proud of our role in providing food for our hometown and our country, but we are also grateful to be able to support other needs in Tolleson.”
Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar likes the sound of that.
“Tolleson’s governance model is balanced on a commitment to excellence and its love of all people,” said Tovar. “During this unprecedented crisis, JBS time and again reveals its love of its people and the community they serve, which is the hallmark of true public service. The Hometown Strong initiative represents JBS’ overwhelming generosity.”
The JBS USA Tolleson beef production facility employs more than 1,700 people with an annual payroll of more than $81 million.
The facility also supports more than 600 producers, paying them more than $790 million per year for their livestock.
Hometown Strong is a national $50 million initiative by JBS. Visit hometownstrong.jbssa.com to learn more.
• Coffee—where would we be without it?
And now: It will come to you.
Ruben Trujillo, founder of Cafe Emporos, credits the Business Builders / Innovation Hub in Goodyear with helping him power through the pandemic. “I owe it to the programs and support that the city of Goodyear has provided to push forward through these very difficult times,” he said.
Trujillo started his coffee business in Goodyear after living in South Korea for five years as an English teacher.
“My business has currently made a ‘COVID pivot.’ Whereas before I was selling at farmers markets in the West Valley, I am now starting the first coffee delivery service in Goodyear,” he said.
His pitch: “Fresh coffee, 24 hours off the roast, delivered straight at your doorsteps weekly. This includes free, contactless delivery with a subscription.”
He also runs a coffee bar during the morning at Purple Elephant Cakes in Litchfield Park.
Visit cafeemporos.com for more information.
• Avondale is booming.
Wespac Construction completed construction of a Class-A industrial regional distribution center called Avondale 101 Logistics.
Located at the southwest corner of 101st Avenue and Roosevelt Street, the two buildings total a massive 652,146 square feet.
No tenants yet, but these transportation-friendly buildings right off the Interstate 10/Loop 101 stack should fill fast.