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

Phoenix Company Knocked-off by Alibaba Sellers

Via The New York Times had a fascinating piece recently on the problems small business are having with knockoffs on Chinese e-commerce sites run by Alibaba. The story presented three case studies of companies making custom products: Vintage Industrial , a 25-person furniture maker based in Phoenix, All Earz Jewelry , a 1-person online jewelry shop based in Atlanta, and Reignland Concept , a 2-person online clothing store based

Solar Junction moves to Tempe

An entity owned by California-based Solar Junction, a solar cell manufacturer, purchased a warehouse in Tempe with plans to move Solar Junction operations to the facility near 48th Street and Southern Avenue, according to Lee & Associates, the brokers on the sale. Via Huntington Geneva LLC, a holding entity for the San Jose-based Solar Junction, acquired 2507 W. Geneva Dr. (19,401 square feet) and 2502 W. Huntington Dr. (19,450

Scottsdale Company's Bullet-resistant Technology to be Integrated into Airport Furniture

Amulet Protective Technologies Inc., a Scottsdale-based provider of bullet and blast-resistant technology, will have its technology integrated into airport furnishings to shield travelers in the event of a violent act. Via Arconas, a Toronto-based designer and manufacturer of airport furniture, has partnered with Amulet to integrate its Amulet Ballistic Barriers’ bullet-absorbing technology into airport seating, said Jeff Isquith, president and CEO of Amulet. “What happens whenever there is a

The Sonoran Corridor Should Bring $32B in Regional Revenue

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Although Pima County voters put the brakes on a major road project linking I-10 and 19 in last year’s bond election, Southern Arizona officials are still intent on reaping the benefits of the economic development initiative. Via The Sonoran Corridor a multi-faceted plan that could create 200,000 full-time jobs and generate $32 billion in yearly regional revenue, according to the Sonoran Corridor Economic


Dexcom is building a new manufacturing facility in the greater Phoenix, AZ, area where it will house its continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) business. Via The 180,000-square-foot structure will be home to Dexcom’s global manufacturing operations and will create more than 500 jobs over several years. Initial operations are expected to start in the second quarter of 2017, the announcement said. Kevin Sayer, president and CEO of Dexcom ($DXCM), explained

Intel Announces $7 Billion Manufacturing Investment in Arizona

Via When it comes to manufacturing processes, Intel is king. After all, it’s a well known fact that Santa Clara’s 14nm node equals TSMC/Samsung’s 10nm node. The company will now set up a brand new fab, Fab 42 in Arizona. CEO Brian Krzanich made the announcement recently during his meeting with President Donald Trump. According to Krzanich the facility will, “make the most advanced 7nm semiconductor chips on the

Electronics manufacturer buys Chandler building, adding Arizona production lines

An arm of First Electronics Inc. paid $3.5 million for the 35,100-square-foot manufacturing building in Chandler. Via The circuit board maker currently is located in a 14,000-square-foot building in Tempe. FEI also makes cable and wire harnesses, and electromechanical boxes. NAI Horizon Senior Vice President Rick Foss represented the 7Chilton LLC, an entity managed by FEI owners, in the Chandler sale. The seller was Sun State Builders. Arizona’s semiconductor

Arizona State University and businesses team up for Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub

  Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering recently launched the Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub, decked out with the latest in 3-D printing equipment. Via The hub is on the Polytechnic campus in Mesa and has $2 million worth of 3-D printing equipment designed for polymers and metals, a news release on the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce website said. The hub’s advanced technological offerings will allow