TUCSON, AZ – MicroStar Logistics has expanded its investment in services for the brewing industry with a commitment to build a new Keg and Pallet Quality Service Center in Tucson, Arizona.
According to the Arizona Tourism Authority, the 270,000-square-foot facility adds to MicroStar’s industry-leading repair and maintenance capabilities to service millions of new and reusable kegs and pallets each year for the benefit of its customers.
The new facility will employ around 200 quality professionals and will feature a range of first-of-its-kind equipment, including one of the largest and most sophisticated pallet cleaning lines in the world.
The company reported that the facility, in addition to providing jobs, will have a significant economic impact on the southern Arizona region. Jobs include operations, production, quality control, logistics, management and others. MicroStar is in the process of securing 20 acres for the new building at the Rita Ranch Commerce Center in Tucson.
MicroStar also operates a network of other facilities across the country that enable the company to efficiently repair and maintain its fleet of more than 6 million barrels.
“These state-of-the-art facilities further support the brewing industry’s commitment to quality,” said Glen Opp, Chief Operating Officer of MicroStar and President of MicroStar’s Network Services Division.
Opp added that for more than 40 years, the company’s Quality Services teams have perfected a suite of tools and techniques to keep kegs looking like new and in perfect working order, while extending the life of these valuable assets.
“Now, in Tucson, we are leveraging this expertise to manage, clean and maintain the highest quality fleet of reusable pallets. We are working with the best equipment manufacturers to expand our proven processes, and we are also pioneering new technologies – robotics, vision inspection systems, sustainable water recovery systems and more – strengthening our position as a high-performance extension of our brewers’ operations,” he commented.
“I look forward to welcoming MicroStar to Tucson,” said Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. “Their mission to create a circular economy aligns with the City of Tucson’s zero waste goals. Tucson is a leader in becoming a more sustainable, resilient and desert city and MicroStar is a welcome partner to our ongoing efforts.”
Project partners include Arizona Commerce Authority, Sun Corridor Inc, Pima County, the City of Tucson, Diamond Ventures and Keyser.
“In recent years, big names have bet on Tucson for logistics operations, including Target.com, Amazon. Home Depot and HomeGoods, among others. As Covid-induced supply chain disruptions drive companies to rethink their logistics networks, Tucson remains a solid choice as a strategic logistics hub,” said Joe Snell, President and CEO of Sun Corridor Inc.