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Sargent to expand in Southern Arizona

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Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 3:00 am

Sargent Aerospace & Defense, a supplier of precision engineered components and aftermarket services, and an operating company within Dover Corporation’s Industrial Products Segment, has announced that it has chosen the Tucson region to expand and upgrade its operations in support of current and projected business growth.

The company, headquartered in Marana, since 1990 and currently employing approximately 250 people locally, will expand its current 60,000-square-foot facility at 5675 W. Burlingame in Marana. Sargent has purchased four acres within the Peppertree Ranch Business Park, south of its current headquarters, and will build a projected 70,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the existing plant.

With the new campus, Sargent will implement an engineering design and qualification lab center of excellence, while incorporating operational improvements and environmentally responsible building elements. The increased capacity is required to support the growth of key programs such as the Virginia class submarine, the new Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 commercial aircraft, and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Sargent anticipates this growth, coupled with new development activity, will add new jobs in the areas of specialty aerospace design, manufacturing, test engineering, program management, and highly-skilled manufacturing such as computed numerically controlled machine programmers, operators, and test technicians.

“Our decision to expand in the greater Tucson region, specifically Marana, was driven by a need to retain a strategic location with a culturally diverse employment base. Being close to California and Mexico allows us access to both key aerospace suppliers and our existing manufacturing plants via a well-established transportation network. Southern Arizona provides long-term value while maximizing productivity and supporting our growth plans,” said Scott Still, president, Sargent Aerospace & Defense.

“As Marana’s largest, private, non-retail employer, Sargent has been a cornerstone of our community for nearly 20 years. This project will be a top priority and fast-tracked through the development process,” said Marana Mayor Ed Honea. 

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