One of the most prominent electroshock weapon manufacturers in the world has announced plans to build a production facility on the north side of Scottsdale.
Axon Enterprises, Inc., which was founded in Scottsdale in 1993 and enjoys annual revenues in excess of $340 million, says the new facility will go up at the southwest corner of Loop 101 and Hayden Road.
Axon put in a winning bid of $49.1 million for the site in an auction conducted by the Arizona’s State Land Trust.
At the same time, the Scottsdale City Council voted to return to Axon around $9.4 million in costs it will take on for the construction of infrastructure at the site.
By the terms of the council vote, that money will go back to Axon provided the company maintains a payroll of $130 million for at least a year.
In a statement, Rick Smith, founder and chief executive officer of Axon, noted the equipment his company has produced for law enforcement over the years, remarking: “With the land we just purchased, we have the space we need to continue to build on that work for generations to come.”
It is expected that the company will construct up to 250,000 square feet of new space.
Besides its famous Taser gun, Axon also manufactures body cameras and a cloud-based digital evidence management system, among other software products.
By Garry Boulard
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