Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. is expanding its Phoenix presence with a new regional technology and service delivery center in Mesa. Cognizant is also launching a free digital skills training program with Maricopa Corporate College to fill the high-tech skills talent gap. The Mesa center, which opened Aug. 9, will eventually house over 500 employees and add to the 1,500 employees already working at the Phoenix office.
The center, in a non-descript building on Signal Butte Road, monitors operations at Apple’s five U.S. data centers and international centers, making it unlike any other. With construction complete, the 1.3 million-square-feet repurposed building is the hub of Apple’s operations.
In the Phoenix Business Journal’s Largest Employers list, published Friday, the top 50 on the list currently account for 391,238 full-time jobs.
On a companywide basis, those firms and organizations provide 5.7 million full-time jobs.
The 10 largest employers on this year’s list included three health care specialists, two universities, two governmental organizations, one bank, one defense contractor and one retailer. Together they employ 202,964 full-time employees. For the first time in more than a decade, the state of Arizona was not the largest employer in the state. The state added 1,345 jobs to its 2017 total, while Banner Health added 9,110 jobs and went from second to first in the rankings.
San Diego-based Dexcom Inc. is hiring another 300 people this year on top of the 400 it hired since opening its Mesa manufacturing facility in April 2017.
The maker of continuous glucose monitoring systems for patients with diabetes announced last year it planned to hire 500 people for a Mesa facility at 232 S. Dobson Road.
Abrazo Community Health Network is expanding into the East Valley with construction of a $15 million “microhospital.”
This 32,500-square-foot facility on Baseline Road a mile west of Power Road will include a 12-bed emergency department, an operating room and eight inpatient rooms, along with additional services, including diagnostic imaging, laboratory, pharmacy and other outpatient services.
When open in spring 2019, the hospital is expected to employ about 50 full-time equivalent clinical and support staff positions.
Arizona has more than 8,000 technology companies operating in the state, with a growing tech workforce of more than 168,200 jobs, a new Arizona Technology Council report found. The tech community has seen a 1.38 percent employment growth, which ranks the state second in the Southwest and ahead of California, according to the report.
A space systems company looking to boost aerospace technology in Puerto Rico announced it will move its global headquarters to Mesa Thursday after Hurricane Maria knocked out power and infrastructure on the island last fall. AQST Space Systems LLC plans to manufacture small satellites and rockets in Arizona, and secured space at the Falcon Field Airport for its global headquarters, said Arnaldo Soto Jr., chairman and CEO of AQST.
Within the first three years, AQST hopes to employ 125 people in Arizona, including administration, manufacturing, engineering and other jobs, Soto said. By the company’s sixth year, Soto plans to employ 600 people. The company is still looking for a manufacturing space, which Soto plans to open in Arizona. He is considering locations in Mesa near the Falcon Field Airport or the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Banner Health — which has the distinction of being the state’s largest health system, nonprofit and private employer — has $1.7 billion worth of construction projects on its drawing board this year.
The majority of those projects — $1.4 billion — are in Arizona for the company that operates in six states. Of the 386 active projects across its markets, 285 are in Arizona, said Kip Edwards, vice president of facilities services for Banner Health.
The Phoenix-based nonprofit has kept that building pace for the past several years, with 367 active projects totaling $1.7 billion last year. In 2016, it had 322 active construction projects totaling $1.9 billion. It also had 337 active projects totaling $1.5 billion in 2015.
That’s not to say that Banner has invested $5.1 billion over the past several years because many of those projects are ongoing, multi-year projects. That also means not all of the $1.7 billion will be spent in this calendar year.
Much of Arizona’s $1.4 billion in construction projects are part of ongoing, multi-year projects at its two big medical centers in Phoenix and Tucson, which started construction in 2015 and 2016.
The changes will expand Elliot from a single-lane road to a three-way stretch in both directions. The area, once just another vast stretch of Arizona desert, is now home to some of the fastest growing residential communities in metro Phoenix, including Eastmark, and a $2 billion Apple “command center.”
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