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CDW Corp. to employ as many as 450 in Chandler

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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 11:31 am | Updated: 10:48 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

CDW Corp., an Illinois-based provider of technology products and services to businesses, government and education, is opening a new sales office in the Chandler Airpark and expects to hire 450 Valley employees.

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“This sales office will allow us to work more closely with the growing number of our customers based in the Western United States,” said James R. Shanks, executive vice president, in a statement.

“Greater Phoenix is the ideal location for our new Western sales operation. It is among the nation’s fastest-growing regions and consistently recognized for its entrepreneurial environment.

“It will also offer us access to local technology talent graduating from surrounding colleges and universities.”

With headquarters in Vernon Hills, Ill., CDW’s plans include opening a 70,000-square-foot office at 1850 E. Northrop Blvd. at the nine-square-mile airpark in two phases, the first starting in June. Fifty CDW employees, most of them from Illinois, will relocate to the site and will help train 450 new workers from the Valley, said Clark Walter, CDW spokesman.

“The office is currently being built and the first phase will be ready by June,” Walter said.

In 2005, the company, which sells technical products, computer programs, data storage and other services to several major firms in the United States and Canada, including IBM, Apple, Sony and Xerox, opened a second distribution center in northern Las Vegas. Its main distribution center is at its Illinois headquarters.

“More than 20 percent of our customers are in California,” Walter said. “The Las Vegas center and the new office in Chandler are two big steps for us to reach them and more customers.”

He said Chandler was selected because of its friendly business environment as well as its geographic location.

Christine Mackay, senior economic specialist with the Chandler Economic Development office, said attracting CDW to the airpark “means a lot to the city.”

“We’re excited about CDW coming here because they’re such a signature corporation,” Mackay said.

The airpark, surrounded by Pecos, Gilbert and Ocotillo roads and Arizona Avenue, is a diverse industrial, technical, commercial and retail district and a key to Chandler’s economic growth. It is part of the city’s Enterprise Zone, an area offering tax incentives to qualifying employers. CDW has about 6,300 employees nationwide.

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