Nike Pays Nearly $70M for Facility on Metro Phoenix’s West Side, Records Show Article originally posted on AZ Central on August 20, 2019 Nike paid nearly $70 million for a facility on metro Phoenix’s west side near the Phoenix Goodyear Airport, where other high-profile businesses are setting up shop, records show. Goodyear in July gave the athletic apparel giant the OK to bring its third U.S. manufacturing facility to the West Valley. It’s expected to create more than 500 full-time jobs and more than $483 million in economic impact. Businesses near the airport include the Chewy Inc. fulfillment center and a forthcoming Microsoft data center. Nike anticipates opening the facility in 2020 and being fully operational within 3½ years of opening, according to city documents. “Nike is excited to announce its purchase of the Lincoln Logistics 40 building located in Goodyear to meet the growing demand for one of its most distinctive innovations: Nike Air,” spokeswoman Sandra Carreon-John wrote in an email. Nike’s deal with Goodyear City officials offered Nike a deal to move in, as the city has with many high-profile businesses. The city promised to waive about $1 million in permit fees and reimburse Nike up to about $1 million for employees hired if the company: Invests at least $184.5 million in its facility. Hires 505 full-time employees. Pays an average salary of $48,514 per year, including overtime and bonuses. Pays at least 65% of employee health-care premiums. Ducey’s back and forth Hours after officials signed off on the deal in July, Gov. Doug Ducey in a 2 a.m. Twitter tirade put Nike on blast, yanking $1 million in state incentives — separate from the city’s — and tweeting that Arizona was “fine without Nike.” The company drew Ducey’s ire because it dropped a shoe that bore an early design of the American flag after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick told the company he found the design offensive. Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord spent the day hunkered down with city staff at her home in a gated community. Hours later, she released a statement saying the city would honor its side of the deal with Nike. “We will honor the commitment we made in our agreement,” Lord wrote at the time. “It has been a focus of the Goodyear City Council to build a strong economy for years to come and we will continue to work hard to bring the kind of high quality jobs that our residents deserve.” Just more than a week later, Ducey shifted his tone on Twitter, announcing the “good news” of the deal, adding that “Arizona is open for business, and we welcome Nike to our state.” Ducey at a July news conference on an unrelated topic, told reporters he had been “consistent” in his messaging, despite his shift in tone.