Autoline Industries Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility
Autoline Industries announced plans for a new 70,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters in the historic Sunkist building at the northeast corner of Broadway Rd. and Country Club Dr. in Mesa. I love this for 2 reasons–Jobs in Mesa and this will bring its manufacturing process back from Asia to the facility in Mesa. Why you ask? It did not work out…. With this move, the company expects to see increased quality control, lower transportation costs, faster delivery to vendors and greater flexibility in new product development. GO USA!
The Sunkist citrus packing plant, built in the 1930s was the center of Mesa’s burgeoning citrus industry for more than 75 years. At peak production (1995-1996 season) more than 1.4 million cases of fruit were packed and shipped
from the facility. In 2010, the citrus packing plant closed, and the building remained vacant for several years.
Recently, Autoline Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance automotive parts, recognized the potential of the historic building and purchased the facility for into the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facility. The company plans to retain the historic character of the building’s exterior, while renovating the interior to
accommodate the company’s high-tech machinery.
The company will invest $3.8 million in the project and will employ more than 80 people over the next five years. The site allows Autoline the opportunity to triple the size of its existing operations to meet the growing global demand for its products. Autoline Industries will bring its manufacturing process back from Asia to the facility in Mesa. With this move, the company expects to see increased quality control, lower transportation costs, faster delivery to vendors and greater flexibility in new product development.
Autoline Industries expects to significantly increase its workforce. Attracted by the talented workforce already established by the many aerospace companies and tech firms in Mesa, it will utilize the same caliber of skills to advance the company to the next level. Originally built in the 1930s as a citrus packing plant for Sunkist/
Mesa Citrus Growers (cooperative), the building symbolized Mesa’s thriving citrus industry for 75 years. The facility was closed in 2010, and has remained vacant until now. After renovations are completed, the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will represent Mesa’s next generation economy. The historical character of the building will be retained, but the interior will undergo significant renovations to accommodate the high-tech machinery used in manufacturing the high-performance auto parts. Construction is slated to start summer 2015.
As more companies expand their businesses and consider adaptive reuse, we expect to see more of these types of projects come to fruition in Mesa.