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Flagstaff is quickly emerging as one of the major hubs for science-related industry. Long the home of W.L. Gore, a large medical device manufacturer, Flagstaff is also the home of Machine Solutions Inc., which makes catheter and stent testing equipment. Prent Thermoforming designs and manufactures custom plastic, rigid thermoform packaging for the medical device industry.

In biosciences, Flagstaff is leading the way. The city is home to the northern office of Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute. TGen North is the heart of TGen's Pathogen Genomics Division, led by Dr. Paul Keim, one of the world's foremost experts in anthrax and other dangerous infectious diseases. TGen North focuses on the diagnostic, analytic, forensic and epidemiologic research related to pathogens important to medicine, public health and biodefense.

These companies often rely on the wealth of services provided by Northern Arizona University, which is an important partner in the R&D process by providing diverse and talented scientists combined with excellent laboratory and research facilities.

The Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology partners with a wide variety of non-retail, service, manufacturing, high technology, science and renewable energy firms to offer a hands-on business incubation engagement program designed to transform innovation into viable companies. A recent graduate of NACET is SenesTech, Inc., which focuses on animal population control worldwide with an innovative method of animal sterilization. Renewable energies are also key to the city, including Southwest Windpower, a manufacturer of residential wind turbines. The company was recognized as the 2009 Exporter of the Year by the Small Business Administration.


Utility APS (Arizona Public Service) also has initiated many green efforts in the community, including a large solar array adjacent to its headquarters on Huntington Drive. It has committed to leading the change toward sustainable energy solutions with an innovative pilot project called the Community Power ProjectSM. This project is being conducted in the Doney Park area of Flagstaff. APS will own, maintain and receive the energy generated by solar panels installed on customer roof-tops. Customers who participate in the Community Power ProjectSM help create solar power with no upfront or maintenance costs and they will save on their electric bills over time.

Flagstaff also has a wide variety of other business and manufacturing industries. The city’s economic engine is tourism related and the city offers hundreds of hotels, restaurants, retail establishments and attractions for our visitors.

It is also home to several manufacturing plants, such as Nestlé Purina PetCare, Joy Cone and SCA Tissue. Walgreens has a major distribution center here, and there are several major retailers as well. A large economic backbone of the area is its small businesses, those with less than 10 employees.

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