Monday, December 10, 2012

Avionics company plans Oro Valley expansion

Locally-based Securaplane Technologies, which was acquired last year by Meggitt PLC, plans to expand to a proposed 55,000 square-foot facility in Oro Valley.

The move is meant to take advantage of the town’s streamlined Economic Expansion Zone review process, which the Oro Valley Town Council implemented in October. Town administrators will review and approve the site plans, negating the need for layers of red tape that historically stifled business expansion in the area.

As part of the review process, the company will hold an open house at 6 p.m. tonight at the Oro Valley Town Council Chambers.

Meggitt representatives declined comment.

Town Manager Greg Caton said Securaplane’s move is a sign the EEZ is effective.

“We are very excited about this. This is exactly what the Town Council envisioned when they authorized the Economic Expansion Zone,” Caton said. “I think this is very reflective of the council and staff’s attitude toward business — trying to streamline the process and encourage economic development.”

Caton said the town has had conversations with several other businesses looking to expand into the EEZ.

Securaplane is a supplier of avionics products such as security systems, wireless control systems, ship batteries and chargers, inverters.

The company supplies wireless emergency lighting systems for 787s and is supplying Boeing with a power inverter — dubbed the “start power unit” — used to start auxiliary power units on the 787.

The company is also supplying a charging system for the Dreamliner’s main lithium battery.

Caton said Securaplane aims to have the new facility —  located north of East Tangerine Road between East Innovation park Drive and North Oracle Road — up and running by the end of 2013, and that he expects the company to hire more staff.


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