Auto employers are discovering the Phoenix area

“Look at our proximity to Mexico,” says Watson. “That is a decisive advantage. Ford has a plant right across the border in Sonora. Since we worked closely to support Lucid with its supply base, we not only had suppliers here in Arizona, but also [we were] able to tap into the supply base across Mexico. And in Southern California too. “

Arizona’s opinion is that the American Midwest is doing well. But there are other regions in the auto industry as well.

“We have an infrastructure that connects us to the west coast and the ports that serve the global supply chain,” she said. “And we’ve built a significant supply base serving other advanced industries here, including aerospace and defense, electronics and semiconductors, and they are now easily positioned to become automotive suppliers.”

Just before the pandemic broke out, Watson and her recruiting team traveled to Taiwan to visit a company that was barely a household name in the auto industry at the time: TSMC or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

The trip was worth it.

That year, as the auto industry was cut off by a global chip shortage, TSMC announced it would build its first US plant in the Phoenix area to provide more capacity for North American customers.

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