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With its beautiful climate and close proximity to many of Arizona’s major attractions, tourism is a major economic engine in Flagstaff.

Flagstaff also has several manufacturing plants, such as Nestlé Purina PetCare, Joy Cone and SCA Tissue. Walgreens has a major distribution center here, and there are several major retailers as well. A large economic backbone of the area is its small businesses, those with less than 10 employees.

But the city is also quickly emerging as one of the major hubs for science-related industry. Flagstaff is the home of the following:

  • W.L. Gore, a large medical device manufacturer.
  • Machine Solutions Inc., which makes catheter and stent testing equipment.
  • Prent Thermoforming, which designs and manufactures custom plastic, rigid thermoform packaging for the medical device industry.
  • Translational Genomics Research Institute Flagstaff office, or TGen North, is the heart of TGen’s Pathogen Genomics Division, led by Dr. Paul Keim, one of the world’s foremost experts in anthrax and other dangerous infectious diseases.
  • SenesTech, Inc. a platform biotechnology company specializing in reproductive physiology.
  • Southwest Windpower, a manufacturer of residential wind turbines.

 

FLAGSTAFF MAJOR EMPLOYERS:

Employer Number of Employees
in Flagstaff
Northern Arizona University 2,571
Flagstaff Medical Center 2,200
W.L. Gore 1,950
Flagstaff Unified School District 1,375
Coconino County 1,200
Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort 700
City of Flagstaff 657
Wal-Mart 630
Walgreens Distribution Center 407
Dell Systems 250
SCA Tissue 255
Nestle Purina PetCare 240
The Guidance Center 219
US Forest Service 200
Coconino Community College 189
North Country HealthCare 188
Hozhoni Foundation 170
Pepsi-Cola Bottling 152
Peaks Senior Living Center 140
Joy Cone 133
Radisson Woodlands Hotel 120
Little America Hotel 110