PHOENIX (AP) It’s a popular way to get your hands on the latest, hottest and most expensive cars, but Phoenix car and parts parts parts-and-nano parts are still a popular source of new parts for older vehicles.
The Phoenix area’s popularity with new car parts and parts-only manufacturers is evident in sales and sales-to-operate ratios of Phoenix’s leading manufacturers, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Automobile Dealers Association.
The survey shows Phoenix’s sales are outpacing even Detroit, a city of more than 1 million that’s the most popular place for car and truck parts, according the National Association of Automotive Dealers.
The average selling price of a Phoenix-area vehicle is $10,723, according data compiled by The Associated Press.
It’s not just cars that make Phoenix so popular.
Phoenix is home to many other auto parts makers as well, including Chevrolet, Toyota and Honda.
It also hosts a thriving manufacturing sector.
The automotive industry employs nearly 8,000 people and accounts for about $4.2 trillion in revenue, according an Associated Press analysis of government data.
The National Automotive Council says Phoenix’s high level of manufacturing contributes to a region that ranks among the most economically productive in the nation.
It says it expects Phoenix to add $1.5 billion in new employment in 2020, the first full year the region saw growth in the manufacturing sector since 1999.
In Phoenix, most of the jobs in the automotive industry come from small businesses.
In fact, about 80 percent of Phoenix-owned and operated businesses in the last five years were either small businesses or non-profit organizations, according TOAA.
Phoenix also boasts one of the nation’s highest incomes.
The median annual income in Phoenix is $76,900, according census data.
Some Phoenix-based companies have had success creating a manufacturing niche in the Phoenix area.
One is Rock Car Parts, based in downtown Phoenix, which started in 1962.
It sells a wide range of parts including body panels, suspension and brake pads, to make cars and trucks.
The company is owned by the same owners, Joe and Diane Sarno, who built the first factory in Phoenix.
Sarnos and his wife are also co-founders of the Phoenix-Tucson Trucking Co. in 2011.
Rock Car parts has a presence in the Westside, but the company also makes parts for the Southwestern and Southeast areas.
It has more than 100 parts dealerships in the U.S. and Canada, according ToAA.
The Sarnoses own a new, two-story, 18,000-square-foot warehouse that they’ve converted into a manufacturing facility for the new Phoenix-made parts, as well as a new distribution center.
Rock car parts also has an office in the heart of downtown Phoenix.
The two-floor warehouse is the site of Rock Carparts’ first ever manufacturing and assembly facility, which opened in April.
The new facility will produce about 60,000 parts a day, Sarns said.
The manufacturing facility will also serve as a distribution center for the company’s entire inventory of parts, including new and used cars and other vehicles.
Sornos said the new manufacturing and distribution facility will help Rock CarParts stay competitive in a region where most parts makers are focusing on newer, smaller vehicles.
“We know that the market is changing rapidly,” Sarnas said.
For Phoenix-headquartered companies, the region’s growing manufacturing sector is a key driver for the state’s economy. “
Our customers are coming to us and saying, ‘I want this part,’ and they’re willing to pay the extra $1,500 or $2,000 or $3,000, because we make them look great and they look professional.”
For Phoenix-headquartered companies, the region’s growing manufacturing sector is a key driver for the state’s economy.
A Phoenix-to of 3.3 million people, the state added nearly 1.5 million jobs in 2016, according U.K. government figures.
The state’s economic growth has been fueled in part by the growing automotive industry, which grew by about $6.3 billion between 2007 and 2020.