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Focusing on Business Facilities in Arizona

May 2, 2022

Article by staff featuring economic development initiatives in Arizona

Tucson: Collaboration Aims To Skill Up In Industrial Sewing

It is not often the stars align, but when they do, the results can be magical. That is what happened during the past 18 months in Tucson, AZ, when an economic development team connected with a local entrepreneur to solve a workforce issue that was preventing her company from scaling.

Erica Yngve is the founder, owner and president of , Southern Arizona’s largest full-service cut-and-sew factory. Her 20,000-foot plant produces products that meet the needs of startups and commercial clients around the world.

Yngve receives orders from both established and emerging companies that want to produce materials made in the U.S. The number of incoming orders was so great, she did not have enough workers to meet the demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are only 1,770 sewing machine operators working in Arizona.

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