**Editor’s note:  Pima County basically gave World View $15 million HQ. Via In a seemingly unique (or bizarre) situation, World View, a Tucson, Arizona-based company, is working with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) to put together a stratospheric balloon launch to take the Zinger sandwich to the edge of space. A key theme in KFC’s latest marketing campaign, the Zinger’s journey to space is the subject of an FCC application

Google Self-drving care to be tested in Phoenix

  Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, the company created to commercialize Google’s self-driving car research, is starting its first public test of the futuristic technology with a large-scale program in Phoenix, Arizona, that will eventually have hundreds of residents integrating robotic vehicles into their daily routines. Waymo, formed in December, has run a stealth program for two months in Arizona that let locals try out a small test fleet of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Intel Unveils Largest Corporate Solar Carport Array In Arizona

Via Intel found a second use for its Ocotillo Campus parking lot in Chandler by installing a 7.7 megawatt solar carport array over 3,200 of its parking spaces. The solar carports provide enough energy to power about 1,160 American homes through the course of the year and will be used as part of Intel’s energy mix for its Ocotillo plant. The carports also provide shade for the thousands of cars

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

Lucid Motors Looking For Funding To Build $700 Million Factory In Casa Grande

Via Via It was announced in November that a Tesla rival is going to bring a new high-tech factory and thousands of jobs to Arizona. Lucid Motors will build a $700 million factory in Casa Grande, which is supposedly going to open up about 2,000 jobs. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, Lucid Motors is looking for funding to help out with the costs. Lucid Chief Technology Officer Peter