Nike has announced that it is going ahead with the construction of a new Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation (Air MI) facility in Goodyear, Arizona, generating more than 500 full-time jobs in a state that has shown hostility toward the company's commitment to diversity. The state's governor, Doug Ducey, withdrew a tax incentive that it had offered for the investment after the Swoosh cancelled the release of a shoe with the Betsy Ross flag because it was a symbol adopted by the Ku Klux Klan. The new facility represents the company's third manufacturing center dedicated to Nike Air, alongside Nike Air MI's existing facilities in Oregon and Missouri, which have recently undergone expansion. The new Nike Air MI in Arizona will bring together experts in design, engineering and product creation. Its production of Nike Air soles is expected to start in early 2020.

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