CP Technologies starts work on new manufacturing building in Prescott

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.”

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Prescott Named Top 15 Most Entrepreneurial City By Entrepreneur.com

Prescott was named one of the Top 15 Most Entrepreneurial Small Metros by Entreprenuer.com.  Prescott was ranked number 11 in the grouping.  Barnstable, MA was number one, and Bend, OR was number 2.  Prescott was the only Arizona City on the list.

“The entrepreneurial spirit is strong in Prescott, and throughout our region,” said Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli.  “Our quality of life, including our mild climate, numerous outdoor attractions, quality schools and other factors are attractive to entrepreneurs.  In addition, Prescott has been intentional about creating a flexible and supportive business environment to help small businesses flourish.”

The article noted that there has been an uptick in the number of entrepreneurs nationally, in the 55-64 year old range, launching businesses by choice, rather than necessity.  They acknowledged entrepreneurs who left large successful companies to start new ventures. The article also indicated that “the methodology involved calculating the percentage of self-employed workers (whether via an incorporated or unincorporated business), as well as using the sample data to denote median total income and the most “overrepresented” industry in entrepreneurship.”

This is not the first time Prescott has appeared on business rankings.  In 2017, Prescott was named one of 11 cities poised for growth by Kiplinger Magazine.  In 2019 the Milken Institute named Prescott the Top 26 Top Performing Small Cities.  The article can be found at https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/345772

Corsair Avenue Extension Project

Scheduled to Begin the Week of April 20, 2020

The City of Prescott is scheduled to begin a roadway extension project the week of April 20, 2020. The project consists of constructing a new roadway connection between the existing southern terminus of Corsair Avenue to an intersection with Wilkinson Drive. The intersection of Wilkinson Drive and Corsair Avenue will feature a single lane roundabout to accommodate for peak traffic flows. The new extension of Corsair Avenue will include two paved travel lanes complete with a paved center median and new curb and gutter. Additional work includes both drainage and utility improvements.

Work may occur Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. To minimize the impact to the traveling public, work may be performed at night throughout the project. Please be aware of lane restrictions, reduced speeds, rough road conditions, and flagging operations throughout the work zones. To minimize the impact to Airport Business Park traffic, the contractor will complete construction of the new Corsair Avenue extension through the base course of asphalt pavement with minimal disturbance to Wilkinson Drive. Once that work is complete, Corsair Avenue will become the main northbound route to access the Airport Business Park as improvements continue on Wilkinson Drive. Southbound traffic along Wilkinson Drive shall be maintained at all times throughout construction.

Once complete, this project will improve access and circulation within the Airport Business Park, upgrade the utilities that serve the Prescott community, and enhance the drainage capabilities in the vicinity. The project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2020.

Due to varying construction activity, the City of Prescott encourages you to visit www.prescottroadconstruction.com for up-to-date project information. To receive regular updates or reach a project team member, email news@prescottroadconstruction.com or call the Project Hotline at (928) 237-3114.

Arizona Together

While our streets are less busy, our community is still hard at work. The state of Arizona is providing relief for families, small business, self-employed workers and non-profits. The Arizona Commerce Authority is offering support for finance resources, workforce response, supply chain & logistics, manufacturing and more.

Together, we’ll get through this. Together, we’ll move Arizona forward.

Willmeng begins construction on Prescott Regional Airport Ernest A. Love Field

Willmeng Construction Inc., a Phoenix-based commercial general contractor and Fann Contracting, a Prescott-based heavy civil construction company, recently began construction on a new $13.9 million, 18,000 SF passenger terminal at Prescott Regional Airport – Ernest A. Love Field, which will replace the current 1940s terminal. Upon completion, the replacement passenger terminal will continue serving the current commercial air service with flights from Prescott to Denver and Los Angeles. Designed by DWL Architects, Phoenix, construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021 and will allow for easy expansion as air service continues to grow. 

Funding for this project would not have been possible without support from the FAA and state partnerships. Prescott Regional Airport has seen a dramatic increase in passengers utilizing commercial air service when United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines began service in August of 2018. Since then, over 73,000 passengers have used the service. 

Arizona State Governor, Doug Ducey, recently visited the site and remarked on how the development occurring throughout Yavapai County and the addition of the new passenger terminal are great representations of the development that’s possible throughout the entire state of Arizona. 

The airport is a major economic driver for this entire region and as we see the economy continue to grow, there is great opportunity for more economic development around the airport,” said Greg Mengarelli, Mayor, City of Prescott. “This new terminal is only the beginning as we look at future expansion.” 

With the addition of the new passenger terminal, commercial service apron, baggage handling system, vehicle parking and roadway, residents of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Chino Valley, and Sedona will be able to enjoy an enhanced travel experience. 

“We’re very thankful for Dr. Sobotta’s leadership, the support of Mayor Mengarelli and the council, and the whole team surrounding this project,” commented James Murphy, President and CEO of Willmeng Construction, a general contracting firm that has completed several aviation projects recently. “DWL Architects did a great job integrating glass into a modern, yet rustic façade. We’re very excited to go vertical with construction in the months ahead.” 

“It takes local support to make things happen. We ask for these three simple things, that the local community respects the asset, acts as a good steward, and when we provide federal money, spend it.” Mark McClardy, the FAA’s Director of the Western Pacific Region remarked, “This was a very competitive process. We had about 167 applications from different airports, but only four grants were issued. We are all in for Prescott.” 

Over 200 invited guests gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking in January, including local, state, and federal officials, many of whom had the opportunity to publicly share impactful stories and their excitement regarding the project.

“We couldn’t have done it without the hard work, the vision, and the support of so many.” Dr. Robin Sobotta, Airport Director, City of Prescott, explained, “An economic generator is happening in our community. Thank you to our engineering, design, and construction partners who turn dreams into reality, you’ve done it for us! I’m glad we’re building our first terminal together.”

Construction on this project will not interfere with flights or airport activity, making the execution of this project ideal for all parties. The partnership between Willmeng Construction and Fann Contracting pairs local connections with airport construction expertise.