A California garbage container manufacturer will move in January from California to Tempe.
Mission Viejo-based Waste & Recycling Plastic Containers has leased 32,455 square feet of warehouse and distribution space at 475 W. Vaughn Ave. in the Kyrene Industrial Park.
The company uses rotational molding to make residential garbage cans, said Pete Klees, a senior vice president with Grubb & Ellis/BRE Commercial, which represented the building owner. The five-year lease is valued at about $900,000.
"I think this guy just looked at Arizona as a lot of these California companies do; reduced operating costs, less expensive real estate and probably the good ol’ quality of life thing," Klees said.
The company has about 30 employees, but the owner hopes to increase the number to 50, Klees said.
Apache Junction officials say it’s business as usual despite the resignation of its former business advocate after he was accused of sexual abuse.
Former Apache Junction employee Roy W. Hunt was arrested Nov. 3 on charges of sexually abusing a girl from the time she was age 4 to 14, according to court records. Hunt resigned his business advocate position Nov. 8.
The city is in the midst of filling the job, but Amy Malloy, assistant to the city manager, is serving on an interim basis.
"We’re not going to let things slide," she said. "We’ve reassigned all the projects either to me or other appropriate people in the city and we’re on top of things. I told my husband I will see you in four to six months."
Malloy took over the job the day following Hunt’s resignation.
"He was in the manager’s office also, so everybody is pretty fairly acquainted with different projects that are going on," Malloy said. "We just hustled. We had a realtor meeting a couple of weeks later. We were able to give them a head’s up on growth to the south, redevelopment projects and that sort of thing."
Representatives of the business community and city staff met Tuesday to discuss the position.
The role of the business advocate is to work with developers and/or business people who are bringing projects to the city.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, celebrates almost 50 years of "tracking Santa" this year. But it was a fluke that the agency ever got involved in the annual holiday tradition, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.
In 1955, a Sears Roebuck newspaper advertisement for the store’s Santa hotline telephone number was misprinted with the phone number for the U.S. Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD’s forerunner.
Col. Harry Shoup, commander of the operations, decided to turn the mistake into "an opportunity to bring some cheer to the lives of children of all ages," the council said.
Santa’s sleigh ride test-runs and the progress of his Christmas Eve travel from the North Pole can be tracked at www.noradsanta.org on the Web.