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Biz Briefs: Airgas buys Pima Welding; local men buy Standard Pacific assets here; Bush looks for ways to stimulate economy; Weather Ch. firm looks to sell; Toyota tops Ford in U.S. car sales

Pima Welding is sold
to Pennsylvania firm
Pennsylvania-based Airgas Inc. purchased the assets and operations of Pima Welding Supply Inc. of Tucson.

Pima Welding Supply is an industrial gas and welding supply distributor. It is now part of Airgas West, a regional arm that operates in Arizona, Nevada, California and Hawaii.

Pima had annual sales of nearly $5 million in its 2006-2007 fiscal year. It was owned and managed by Randall Gephart, whose father, Dean Gephart, purchased the business in 1976 and operated it until his death in 1990.

The acquisition includes an industrial cylinder fill plant, a retail store and the firm’s 16 employees.

Citizen Staff report

Tucsonans purchase
lots, homes from firm
Two local businessmen have purchased the assets of the southern Arizona division of Standard Pacific Homes.

Chris Kemmerly and Steve Quinlan will operate the new company as Miramonte Homes. Craig Campbell, former president of Standard Pacific’s southern Arizona division, will serve as the company’s new president.

Challenges in the homebuilding industry here led the Irvine, Calif.-based Standard Pacific Homes to pull out of the southern Arizona marketplace. The company sold approximately 700 vacant lots ready for homes to be built, and 70 homes near or under construction.

Kemmerly is a former Southern Arizona Home Builders Association president with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Quinlan is chairman of Long Realty Co.

Miramonte Homes plans to complete all 70 homes in the process and to start approximately 70 new homes this year, Campbell said.

For more information, contact Campbell at 615-8900.

Citizen Staff report

Bush may introduce
economic stimulus
WASHINGTON – Amid new worries about a possible recession, the housing slump and rising oil prices, President Bush is exploring an economic stimulus package to reinforce the U.S. economy.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said Thursday that Bush is closely monitoring economic trends and is seeking input from his economic advisers on the pros and cons of such a package.

On Friday, Bush will receive an update from a working group on financial markets, an interagency panel that meets regularly to discuss market conditions and regulatory policy.

The Associated Press

Weather Channel, 9 papers may be sold
NORFOLK, Va. – A family-owned business that started with a local newspaper more than 100 years ago and became best known as owners of The Weather Channel is looking into selling its businesses, including nine daily newspapers.

Frank Batten Jr., Landmark Communications Inc.’s chairman and CEO, announced Thursday that the privately held company has retained investment banks JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers to help it look into possible sale scenarios.

The Associated Press

Toyota goes past Ford
for No. 2 spot in U.S.
DETROIT – Toyota Motor Corp. overtook Ford Motor Co. to become the No. 2 automaker by U.S. sales in 2007, using new products and relentless strategy to break Ford’s 75-year lock on the position.

Toyota sold 2.62 million cars and trucks in 2007, which amounted to 48,226 more than Ford, according to sales figures released Thursday.

Toyota’s sales were up 3 percent for the year, buoyed by new products such as the Toyota Tundra pickup.

General Motors Corp. remained the U.S. sales leader, selling 3.82 million vehicles in 2007. But that was down 6 percent from the previous year as customers turned away from some large sedans and sport utility vehicles and GM cut low-profit sales to employees and rental car agencies.

The Associated Press

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