Keyboard firm pays $9.2M for Chandler site SanTan Sun News

Keyboard firm pays $9.2M for Chandler site

May 11th, 2021 STSN Staff
Keyboard firm pays $9.2M for Chandler site
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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF

Tennessee-based Mechanical Keyboards, one of the largest providers of mechanical keyboards in the world, has bought a 74,000-square-foot flex industrial building on 6 acres in West Chandler, paying $9.2 million.

Approximately 40 employees will work in the facility at 7300 W. Chandler Blvd. in jobs ranging from logistics, administration, customer service and software development.

Mechanical Keyboards currently has one facility near Nashville and the Chandler facility will serve the western United States.

The building has nearly 33,000-square-feet of office space and more than 240 parking spaces.

Outside of keyboard fulfillment and distribution, Mechanical Keyboards plans to use the building for a showroom, office space for technology and entrepreneurial startups, tech event hosting and to support esports athletes and content creators, the city said.

“We are very excited to activate this property in West Chandler and bring additional jobs to one of our largest employment corridors,” said Mayor Kevin Hartke. “Mechanical Keyboards has told us that workforce and freeway access were determining factors in their location decision.”

Mechanical Keyboards specializes in high-end keyboards that cater to gamers, tech professionals and a growing base of keyboard enthusiasts.

Unlike others, mechanical keyboards feature individual switches for each key and provide a comfortable, customizable typing experience.

“We’re thrilled to open MK’s first major expansion in Chandler, Arizona,” said Joel Tubre, president of Mechanical Keyboards. “We have begun buildout of the facility and have some exciting plans.  Our products look great online, but they feel and look even better in person.

“Chandler has been very supportive, and we’re really looking forward to showing customers in Phoenix Metro and the surrounding areas just how awesome these keyboards are in the new showroom.”

Chris Camacho, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, said, “Mechanical Keyboards’ expansion into Chandler is yet another win for the East Valley and creates quality jobs for the residents of Greater Phoenix.

“The company is able to better serve customers on the West Coast with this move thanks to the region’s infrastructure and geographic position, and we look forward to watching them scale and being a partner in their continued success.”

Jay Donkersloot, a local investor and previous owner of the property , noted, “This building has been underutilized for multiple years, but I knew that it had a lot of potential with a few important tweaks.”

MechanicalKeyboards.com has been a one-stop shop for mechanical keyboards since its launch in 2012.

Its catalog features over 3,000 enthusiast-grade keyboards, keycaps, switches, frames and other related accessories. Orders are stored, serviced and fulfilled by MK staff and shipped to customers in over 60 countries.

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