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Smith & Wesson To Takeover AZ-based "Fish Tales"

Via American Outdoor Brands, the holding company for gun maker Smith & Wesson, completed its $10 million acquisition of Gemini Technologies this week, according to a statement released Monday. The rugged outdoors conglomerate first announced its plans to acquire the suppressor manufacturer last month — one of many new companies to join AOBC’s growing portfolio of brands. “Gemtech is widely recognized for producing some of the finest rifle and

U.S. Companies In Sonora Give Shape to Economic Ties

Via In the San Carlos Industrial Park in Nogales, Sonora, an American company building parts south of the border affords a view into what ties Arizona to Mexico economically. One doesn’t have to go far to get to the park. Ten minutes south of the border with Arizona, it is home to multiple companies from the U.S., Europe and Asia. Magnetic Metals discovered a healthy work force when it

SCA To Close Flagstaff Plant

Steam rises above the SCA Tissue plant on East Butler Avenue in Flagstaff in this file photo. The company announced the plant will close in June 2017. The Flagstaff SCA tissue production plant will halt operations Thursday and close later this month, company officials announced Wednesday. The Bellemont plant will remain open. Amy Bellcourt, the vice president of communications for SCA, said the plant employs 78 people who were notified

Via Niagara Bottling, LLC, a private-label bottled water supplier, announced June 1 it will establish a 450,000-square-foot, highly automated manufacturing and bottling operation in the city of Mesa’s Elliot Road Technology Corridor. “The investment that Niagara Bottling is making in Mesa is a very significant one and I could not be happier that they have chosen to make it in District 6,” District 6 Councilmember Kevin Thompson said in

Via Arizona is getting another publicly traded company. Benchmark Electronics Inc. (NYSE: BHE) is moving its headquarters from Texas to Arizona. The integrated electronics manufacturing company already has a division in Tempe, but company officials haven’t determined exactly which city will be their new home. That announcement won’t be made until May, when the company plans to move here, creating more than 500 jobs here over the next five

Dexcom Renovates Warehouse Into Medical Device Manufacturing Space

Via Skanska, one of the largest construction and development firms in the United States, is finishing construction on phase one of Dexcom’s facility located at 232 S. Dobson Road in Mesa. This 145,000-square-foot project is a build-out of an existing shell building. The first phase includes the renovation of a 60,000-square-foot industrial warehouse to medical device manufacturing space that will produce hardware and software compatible glucose monitors. The space includes 33,000

Park Electrochemical To Shift California Manufacturing To Arizona

Via Park Electrochemical Corp. will cease most manufacturing operations at its Nelco Products Inc. unit in Fullerton, California, the Melville company announced Tuesday. Park, which makes printed circuit materials used in telecommunications infrastructure and composite materials used in aerospace, will transfer most operations of the Fullerton plant to its Neltec Inc. unit in Tempe, Arizona, over four to six months, the company said in a news release. The company

Arizona Loses $48.7M Factory Investment to Virginia

Via The parent company of Phoenix Packaging is ready to spend $48.7 million to expand Dublin operations, an investment that will add 145 new jobs at the manufacturing plant. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who announced the project this morning in Dublin, said parent company Grupo Phoenix is “the quintessential example of the business success that can be achieved in the commonwealth, growing its first U.S. operation in Pulaski County by

Via Airgain, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRG), a leading provider of embedded antenna technologies used to enable high performance wireless networking, has entered into an asset purchase agreement with MCA Financial Group, Ltd., acting as the appointed receiver for Antenna Plus, LLC, to acquire substantially all of the assets and certain liabilities of Antenna Plus. A privately-held supplier of antenna solutions based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Antenna Plus develops high-quality antenna products

Via Seven Arizona-based software companies and six bio and life sciences startups have been named among the 25 semifinalists in the spring 2017 round of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Arizona Innovation Challenge. The bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries will award $1.5 million this round to the most qualified, innovative startups. Winners receive up to $250,000 each to grow their business to advance innovation