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Published on June 07, 2024
Mesa Welcomes World's First Direct Air Capture Tech Manufacturing Plant, Set to Boost Local Economy and Green InitiativesSource: Wikipedia/Ixnayonthetimmay, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Mesa is gearing up to be home to the world's first manufacturing facility dedicated to direct air capture (DAC) technology. CarbonCapture Inc.—a frontrunner in the DAC field—has cinched a lease for an 83,000 square-foot manufacturing site in southeast Mesa, with doors slated to open in 2025 and plans to staff up to 400 full-time employees by 2029. As reported by the City of Mesa, this facility will roll out 4,000 modules yearly, targeting a two-megatons carbon dioxide removal capacity.

Within Arizona's Elliot Road Technology Corridor at 3437 S. Crismon Road, the up-and-coming plant, is perched among tech giants like Apple and Meta. Its inception promises to swell the workforce from an initial 30 to a robust 400 within a decade. "We are proud CarbonCapture will establish this new manufacturing facility, the first-of-its-kind in the world, right here in Arizona," Governor Katie Hobbs told the City of Mesa, emphasizing the significant implications for both the local economy and the broader clean energy narrative.

Mayor John Giles lauded Mesa's becoming a hub for technological innovation, remarking on the city's readiness to manufacture direct air capture systems on a previously unseen scale. "We look forward to seeing the world's first mass-produced direct air capture systems, designed to remove large quantities of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, made right here in Mesa. This milestone is a testament to the crucial roles both the public and private sectors each play in advancing our economic and environmental goals.” said Giles. This endeavor highlights a harmony between public and private sector goals, according to a report by the City of Mesa.

The site selection was multifaceted, with Arizona's commitment to clean tech and an innovative ecosystem being pivotal factors, articulated CarbonCapture CEO Adrian Corless.  “Arizona's vibrant innovation ecosystem and commitment to clean tech made it the ideal location for our manufacturing site. As we grow out our team here, we’re committed to offering competitive wages along with comprehensive benefits packages for all full-time staff. Furthermore, we’re exploring partnerships with Mesa Community College and local high school trade programs to foster a variety of workforce training opportunities.” Corless said. The company also plans to delve into local talent pools by cultivating relations with community colleges and high school trade programs. City of Mesa announced, the facility extends Arizona's stake in a cleaner future and boosts Mesa's manufacturing sector. "With this innovative facility, CarbonCapture advances Arizona’s clean energy ecosystem and adds to Mesa’s vibrant manufacturing industry," Sandra Watson stated, denoting the firm’s continued ascent in the conversatin around climate technology.

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