Pima County welcomes new corporate headquarters and manufacturing centerby Pima County News on Nov. 15, 2012, under Board of Supervisors, Economic Development, One-Stop Career Center, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Sustainability and Conservation
An innovative building design and manufacturing company announced Wednesday it is establishing its corporate headquarters and a manufacturing center in the Tucson region, with the potential to bring 600 jobs within the next five years.
Aris Integration, LLC will manufacture a panelized wall-system that integrates light-gauge-steel structural framing and foam insulation that can be used in projects as varied as residential housing, modular construction and commercial buildings.
The panelized wall approach is faster to install, reducing construction time and costs, according to company officials. It is also as much as 70 percent more energy efficient than standard construction, at a cost competitive with standard construction practices, said Duane Armijo, president and CEO of Aris.
“As we came out of this global downturn, we knew there was an opportunity to be a change agent in the construction industry,”Armijo said.
“And now we have an opportunity in our own backyard to design and develop this product line.”
Armijo said he chose the Tucson region – the second of six planned regional manufacturing locations across the country – in part because of its workforce and because of the support he received from public and private partners, including Pima County and the state of Arizona, as well as from Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities.
Pima County Supervisors Chairman Ramón Valadez said the company will be a good fit in the region. “What excites me about this announcement are the aspects of Aris Integration that truly reflect our community’s foundation and values: sustainability, energy efficiency and innovative thinking.”
Supervisor Sharon Bronson, who serves on the board of TREO, said there are other areas of synergy.
Pima County has a robust focus on workforce training and development through its One-Stop Career Center that helps connect employers with qualified workers, Bronson noted.
Aris also has pledged to hire as many military veterans, reservists and National Guard members as possible. That commitment, Bronson said, dovetails withPimaCounty’s focus on helping veterans. In July, the County opened the nation’s first workforce center designed to help veterans find jobs, training and support.
Depending on the site ultimately selected for the headquarters, Pima County will provide property tax relief incentives through a Foreign Trade Zone designation.
Sandra Watson, president of the Arizona Commerce Authority, likewise welcomed the news, noting manufacturing remains a critical industry in the state, with $14.6 billion of manufactured goods exported from Arizona in 2011.