With the ceremonial removal of the first shovelfuls of dirt Wednesday morning, work got underway on a new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility that is expected to bring about 50 jobs to Prescott. CP Technologies, a manufacturer of rugged and custom computer hardware for defense and industrial markets, announced its plans this week to construct a 50,000-square-foot building near the corner of Highway 89 and Deep Well Ranch Road in northeast Prescott.
The company, along with local developer Jim Chamberlain of Chamberlain Development, conducted a groundbreaking at the site on Wednesday, June 24.
CP Technologies President/CEO Michael McCormack told the crowd of several dozen people that the San Diego-based company had looked at several different states before settling on Arizona for its expansion project.
Along with Arizona, the other states included Alabama, Utah, and Nevada. Arizona was the company’s top choice for a number of reasons, McCormack said, including the welcome it received from everyone from the governor’s office to the local communities.
“Everyone we worked with was so welcoming and made this an easy transition,” McCormack said.
After looking at a number of Arizona communities, including the Phoenix area, Payson, and Prescott Valley, McCormack said CP Technologies chose Prescott – in part because of the property’s proximity to the Prescott Regional Airport.
A news release from the city states: “Arizona, specifically Prescott, Arizona, won out due to the community, the state’s support for the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) market, great educational institutes, great weather, and the business-friendly environment.”