Raytheon vying for $1.3 billion contract
Raytheon Co.’s Tucson plant has been awarded a $144 million contract to build a bomb that could translate into $1.3 billion in the future.
The contract from the U.S. Air Force is to conduct work on the Small Diameter Bomb II.
The bomb can recognize and hit moving targets using a GPS-based targeting system.
SDB II is one of the first members of the next generation of network-capable weapons, said Louise Francesconi, president of Raytheon Missile Systems here.
The company will compete to be the prime contractor of the program, which has a potential value of more than $1.3 billion, the company said.
Meritage opening new South Side community
Meritage Homes has begun construction of a new neighborhood at Sycamore Park, on Kolb Road south of Interstate 10.
The community of 97 homes will include a variety of single- and two-story plans with homes ranging from 1,547 to 2,587 square feet.
Prices begin at $255,900.
The centerpiece of Sycamore Park is a 7.5-acre family park that includes a play area, soccer and baseball fields, basketball courts, ramadas and dog park.
West Press opens new mailing center
West Press, a Tucson-based print communications provider, opened a new mailing and fulfillment center at 1663 W. Grant Road.
The 5,400-square-foot center includes improved mail-handling equipment. The employee-owned firm has more than 60 employees.
$98K grant to help restore Alamo Apts.
The Arizona State Parks’ Heritage Fund for Historic Preservation has awarded $98,600 to The Primavera Foundation Inc. to restore the 1937 “The Alamo Apartments” building. The rhomboid-shaped Tucson property is at the “Five Points” intersection, where several streets converge, resulting in its five corners: South Stone, 17th Street, South Sixth Avenue and 18th Street.
The restoration is estimated to cost more than $190,000.
The Alamo is used as permanent, affordable housing for up to 40 adults annually who are committed to rebuilding their lives after experiencing homelessness, poverty or the effects of war.
New Desert Diamond casino breaks ground
Desert Diamond Casino broke ground last month for a state-of-the-art hotel, casino and conference center at 7350 S. Nogales Highway.
The facility will include a new casino, hotel, restaurants, entertainment venues, banquet space and other amenities.
Customer satisfaction award for Cox
Cox Communications received the highest honor in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2006 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Services study for highest customer satisfaction among small/midsize business data service providers in the nation. This is the first year that its Cox Business Services division has been included in this study.
Cox received the highest score of any provider and ranks highest in six factors that measure overall satisfaction: performance and reliability, sales representatives and account executives, customer service, billing, cost of service and company image.
Eller Center, McGuire program share new name
After 22 years, the activities of the University of Arizona’s Karl Eller Center for the Study of the Private Market Economy and the Chris and Carol McGuire Entrepreneurship Program will be united under a new name. The Karl Eller Center/McGuire Entrepreneurship Program is now the Chris and Carol McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship.
Silverado offers new technical support plan
Silverado Technologies, a network integration and support firm based in Tucson is offering a new Flexible Support Plan that allows remote management services. The firm teamed up with San Diego-based Do IT Smarter to offer the service.
The new remote management service is the latest addition to Silverado’s suite which includes network design, installations, upgrades, desktop repair, security and network assessments, VoIP solutions and disaster recovery.
Scientific Technologies celebrates 18th birthday
Scientific Technologies Corporation is celebrating 18 years providing public health solutions around the world. The Tucson firm has grown from a local company with four employees to an international health informatics firm with offices around the country and abroad.
A6 consultants moves to Bank of America Plaza
A6 Consultants LLC, a national event management and event Web development company with headquarters in Tucson, has relocated to the Bank of America Plaza, 33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 1960.
TLC HealthCare opens 2nd primary-care office
TLC HealthCare Companies has opened its second primary-care office at 1775 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 175, in the La Esplanade Corporate Center, at Skyline Drive and Pima Canyon Road. The firm also relocated its administrative headquarters to Suite 101 in the corporate center.
HomeStyle Galleries opens second showroom
HomeStyle Galleries has opened a new showroom at Ina and Shannon roads in the Heritage Plaza. The gallery features new and pre-owned furniture and sells on consignment.
The company also has a location at Broadway and Wilmot Road.
Placement firm for financial, accounting pros opens
Sonoran Financial Search is a new firm that specializes in placing financial and accounting professionals in southern Arizona. For more information, contact Jane Haile Dominguez at 519-9456 or email@example.com.
Meritage honored for seniors housing
Meritage Active Adult Communities received gold and silver medals at the Best of Seniors Housing Awards competition at the International Builders’ Show.
The firm won the gold for its Sundance Community Sales Center in Buckeye and the silver medal for its “Supply and Demand” color print ad that features Meritage Active Adult’s Canoa Ranch, Sonata, and Las Campanas communities in Green Valley.
The 2006 Best of Seniors Housing Awards were sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders.
Architecture firm opens office on Swan Road
NTDSTICHLER Architecture has opened an office in Tucson to serve the needs of a growing Arizona. The 15-employee office is at 2940 N. Swan Road, Suite 214. Kim Wolfarth is the managing principal.
NTDSTICHLER is the registered plant architect for Tucson Medical Center and El Dorado Hospital and is working with University Medical Center on an Emergency Department and North Expansion Project.
The firm’s other offices are in San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Auburn, Calif.
Peck & Associates, Compass Insurance merge
Hank Peck & Associates, an employee benefits brokerage firm, has merged with Compass Insurance.
Owner Hank Peck takes on the title of senior vice president with Compass.
Compass Insurance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Compass Bank, provides a full spectrum of insurance products and services. Compass Insurance in Tucson was formerly Mueller Insurance, one of Tucson’s oldest commercial insurance brokerages.
Firms donate time, material for Tucson police memorial
Sundt Construction Inc. is managing the construction downtown of a memorial to honor the fallen heroes of the Tucson Police Department. The project broke ground on March 14. Sundt and other firms in the Tucson construction industry are donating time and materials reducing the memorial’s cost.
Wheat Scharf Associates is the landscape architect of record. MMLA PSOMAS is the engineer of record and Judith Stewart, a local artist, created the new memorial statue.
ReliaSoft building $3.6M headquarters on SE Side
ReliaSoft Corporation is building a new $3.6-million, 23,000-square-foot corporate headquarters, the first of two facilities to be built at 1450 S. Eastside Loop.
Diversified Design and Construction Inc., is the design-builder for the two-story office building for the Tucson-based reliability engineering software firm.
Rubs massage opens three Tucson locations
Rubs Affordable Massage opened three Tucson locations last month. The new facility is at 7858 E. Wrightstown Road, Suite 105. The firm converted two Changes massage centers, 1531 N. Wilmot Road and 5151 N. Oracle Road, Suite 106.
Sundt gets top award for job safety efforts
Sundt Construction Inc. won the grand award for its safety processes, management involvement and company safety culture from the Associated General Contractors of America/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards
The awards program requires finalists to achieve zero work site fatalities and multicatastrophic injuries, and examines the contractor’s safety program. In addition, finalists were required to make presentations of their safety programs to an independent panel of judges.
AZ tribes get $50,000 in economic grants
The 19 Tribal Nation Workforce Investment Board in partnership with the Arizona Department of Commerce will receive $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund tribal-based training focused on improving the connection between work force development and economic development.
In 2000, there were 78,849 in the American Indian labor force in Arizona. Of that total, 14,828 were unemployed.
The USDA grant will fund a program to address tribal work force needs through the establishment of a “Train the Trainer” program and the development of a training-program manual that will be self-sustaining.