Arizona Business News

Wilcox Greenhouse Uses Artificial Intelligence To Grow Tomatoes

  Via A huge greenhouse facility north of Willcox is growing tomatoes. But they’re not using traditional methods to produce the crops: they’re using artificial intelligence. This kind of high-tech farming will grow our future food. Walking into tomato company NatureSweet’s greenhouse is like walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The long hall between the growhouses bustles with workers moving tomatoes and shouting directions. The general manager, Gustavo Vera,

AZ Ranked Third Most Favorable State For Aerospace Manufacturing

  Via The long-term forecast for the aerospace and defense industry looks bright, with the industry having reported a notable increase in both revenues and profits for 2016. Air passenger travel is exceeding expectations and there is demand for increases in aircraft, engine and parts manufacturing. As aerospace companies continue to expand, they will be looking to invest in certain regions. PwC recently released its fourth annual Aerospace Manufacturing

UA Conference Will Inspire Startup Businesses

Via Jen and Eli Crane are the founders of Bottle Breacher, selling American-made bottle openers fashioned from .50 caliber bullets. They’ll be conversing with conference goers at Ideas to Doors on Sept. 15 at Tucson’s Fox Theatre. Scott Hessell Jen and Eli Crane are the founders of Bottle Breacher, selling American-made bottle openers fashioned from .50 caliber bullets. They’ll be conversing with conference goers at Ideas to Doors on

Arizona Firm Moves To Seacoast,Creates 100 Jobs

  Via PORTSMOUTH — A company that develops imaging devices to help physicians detect, track and monitor skin changes relocated to the Seacoast from Arizona, following a meeting between Gov. Chris Sununu and company executives earlier this year. Sununu is scheduled to officially welcome Digital Skin Imaging (DSI Acquisition Inc.), a new high-tech medical device company, to Portsmouth during a 5:30 p.m. reception today at Medtronic, 180 International Drive,

Small Business Hiring Slows in August But Wages Gain Momentum

Via Small-business hiring showed a slowdown for the sixth consecutive month in August but hourly earnings continue to gain momentum, a report from human resources firm Paychex said Tuesday. The Small Business Jobs Index declined 0.02 percent from last month and 0.74 percent from a year earlier. Small-business wages continue to rise, reaching a 3 percent, or 76 cents, annual growth rate in August and a 3.27 percent three-month

'Sustainable Tucson' Is A Long Way Off

Via The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network ranked Tucson particularly low — 94th out of 100 of the most populous metro areas — when it came to poverty. In 2014, nearly 21 percent of area residents lived in poverty. Tucson also fared poorly in education. In 2014, Tucson ranked 13th worst for its dropout rate and in the bottom half for people attaining college degrees. When it came

New Industrial Facility Expected To Draw Aerospace, Defense Business To Mesa

Via The city of Mesa recently broke ground on a 150,000-square-foot speculative industrial facility in the Falcon Field District, which it hopes will draw significant aerospace and defense businesses. The Longbow Gateway One is slated to be complete by January and anticipated to bring at least 175 new jobs. The facility will be adjacent to Boeing’s 2 million-square-foot manufacturing facility at Falcon Field Airport and the Loop 202. “Longbow

Startup Hurdles Are Turning East Valley Into 'Tech Wasteland'

Via East Valley leaders have touted growth in tech industry jobs, even going as far as calling the area the “Silicon Desert,” but a pair of entrepreneurs are concerned that tech startups face too many barriers when doing business in Arizona. Doug Guilbeau, a Tempe native, and Geoff Mobisson experienced those challenges as they built a Chandler-based software company, Levementum. The two men became friends and later they decided

UA Wins $4.8 Million Grant To Work On Valley Fever Vaccine For Dogs

Via The University of Arizona has secured $4.8 million in federal money to fund a canine vaccine against valley fever. The live vaccine was invented by UA fungal geneticist Marc Orbach, is called delta-CPS1. It is a mutant sport that has already protected mice from valley fever. The grant from the National Institutes of Health is for four years and could bring the vaccine to market for dogs in

They Asked, We Delivered: Vocational Training For High School Students

Via Students asked for better education and employment opportunities at the “Give the Youth a Voice” Town Hall event Aug. 8. Kingman High School’s woodworking and cabinet making classes offer skill sets that can put them on the paths to well-paying jobs after high school. In his 17 years as a woodshop teacher at KHS, Calvin Kupser has seen things change and some things stay the same. It’s what’s