Success Stories

Abbott Labs

Abbott LabsAbbott's Ross Products, a division of Abbott Laboratories, is a leader in providing trusted pediatric nutritionals, adult nutritionals, and related health care products that advance people's quality of life. The Ross Products Division's Similac, Isomil, and PediaSure brands remain among the most-recognized and Doctor - recommended brands of pediatric nutritional products. Abbott's Ross Products is also the U.S. market leader in adult nutritional products, based on its well-known and leading Ensure and Glucerna brands. The company employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and markets its products in more than 130 countries. Yearly sales figures are estimated at more than $17 billion.

Casa Grande has been a key manufacturing site for Ross Products since the plant began operations in 1985 and has a workforce of over 400 employees.


AsarcoASARCO was organized in 1899 as the American Smelting And Refining Company. Originally a consolidation of a number of lead-silver smelting companies, the Company has evolved over the years into an integrated producer of copper, and other metals. The Company is a fully integrated miner, smelter and refiner of copper in the United States. ASARCO’s domestic mines annually produce approximately 350 - 400 million pounds of copper.

The ASARCO Ray Mine, located on Rt. 177 in far eastern portion of Pinal County, is one of the world's largest open pit copper mines. The mine was started in 1952 by the Kennecott Copper Corporation, on the site of the towns of Ray and Sonora. The mine was purchased by ASARCO in 1986.

The Ray Operations consists of a 250,000 ton/day open pit mine with a 30,000 ton/day concentrator, a 103 million pound/year solvent extraction-electrowinning operation, and associated maintenance, warehouse and administrative facilities. Cathode copper produced in the SX-EW operation is shipped to outside customers and the Asarco Amarillo Copper Refinery.


CCACorrections Corporation of America (CCA) is a full-service corrections management provider. CCA specializes in the design, construction, expansion and management of prisons, jails and detention facilities, as well as inmate transportation services through its subsidiary company TransCor America. The company is the fourth-largest corrections system in the nation, behind only the federal government and two states.

The company offers offenders a variety of dynamic rehabilitation and education programs, including addictions treatment, GED preparation and testing, post-secondary studies, life skills, employment training, recreational options and work opportunities.

CCA houses approximately 75,000 offenders and detainees in more than 60 facilities, 44 of which are company-owned, with a total bed capacity of more than 80,000. CCA currently partners with all three federal corrections agencies (The Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and nearly half of all states and more than a dozen local municipalities.

Frito Lay

Frito LayFrito-Lay Casa Grande has been a part of the Pinal County community for 25 years. The nearly 188,000-square foot building sits on 202 acres of land. Frito-Lay Casa Grande's more than 350 associates make some of America's favorite snacks including Lay's potato chips, Fritos corn chips, Tostitos tortilla chips, Doritos tortilla chips, Sun Chips and Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks.

The Frito-Lay Company, with global sales estimated at over $4 billion/yearly is the snack food division of PepsiCo, Inc., generating about half of the parent company's revenues and two-thirds of its profits. The division is the world leader in the snack food category and controls more than 35% of the world market and over 60% of the Unites States market.

Monsanto Agriculture

Monsanto AgricultureSt. Louis based Monsanto is a Global Fortune 500 company in agriculture and biotechnology. It was named Company of the Year for 2009 by Forbes Magazine because of its innovative new products and economic success. The company spends $2.6 million per day worldwide on research alone.

Monsanto is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. The company remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of the world’s natural resources such as water and energy.

Stinger Welding

Stinger WeldingStinger Welding is the premier major bridge fabricator in the Southwest. Founded in 1996 and located 2 miles south of Coolidge, AZ on State Rt. 87, Stinger Welding is an AISC certified major bridge fabricator. This facility has the capacity to fabricate and assemble materials ranging in size from inches to 1/3 of a mile long and delivers anything from drainage grates to girders and bridges over 200 feet in length.

Union Pacific

Union PacificUnion Pacific Railroad, (UPRR) is North America's premier railroad franchise, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. UP serves the western coal reserves, the world’s most productive cropland, Gulf Coast chemical industry and the rock quarries of South Texas. The railroad is the nation's largest hauler of chemicals and one of the largest intermodal carriers – the transport of truck trailers and marine containers. Union Pacific helps link production and consumption points in the U.S, and across the world, with a network to deliver the energy, food, raw materials, durable and consumer goods to support the nation's growth. The rail company also has one of the most diversified commodity mixes in the industry, including chemicals, coal, food and food products, forest products, grain and grain products, intermodal, metals and minerals, and automobiles and parts.

Wal-mart Distribution Center

WalmartThe 880,000-square-foot facility is located north of Interstate 8, at the northeast corner of Thornton Road and Peters Avenue in Casa Grande. Construction of the food distribution facility began in 2002 and completed in 2003. The facility employs more than 400 people.

The Casa Grande food distribution center provides Wal-Mart the opportunity to better serve the growing number of Wal-Mart customers in a 3 state area. Wal-Mart, Inc. currently employs more than 25,000 people in Arizona.

Western Emulsions

Western EmulsionsWestern Emulsions, based in Tucson, AZ, has a new facility located 2 miles south of Coolidge, AZ. Western Emulsions Inc. supplies a variety of high-quality asphalt emulsions, technical assistance and pavement maintenance contracting services to a wide range of public agencies and private companies.

Western Emulsions was founded upon a commitment to providing high-quality products, constant innovation and expert service to our customers. An independent, family-owned corporation, Western Emulsions Inc. has produced quality asphalt emulsions since the opening of their first plant in 1977 in Tucson, AZ. Today, Western Emulsions serves Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and West Texas.

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