New company heading to Tucson expected to benefit veterans - Tucson News Now

New company heading to Tucson expected to benefit veterans

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities announced today that Aris Integration LLC plans to hire nearly 600 people here in Tucson.

Aris is opening a headquarters and a manufacturing plant to make energy-efficient modular building panels.

They describe it as a fast, cost-efficient and energy-efficient type of construction for homes and commercial buildings.

They plan to begin manufacturing operations in Tucson by fall 2013. They plan to hire nearly 600 workers over the next five years.

The company's CEO and Founder admitted construction is not exactly booming just yet, but he hopes the less expensive panel-style building will catch on. He described a prototype that's currently being used as a mess hall in Gila Bend.

"That building was shipped from Rhode Island where we fabricated it here, we hired a crew that had never seen us, never met us and five hours later the building was up and operational," said CEO Duane Armijo. 

Tucson News Now learned that veterans are expected to benefit from the company.

In July, Pima One Stop launched a special program that focuses on getting veterans back to work.

They help with training, certifications and job placement for a growing population of people who are returning from the wars overseas. Those veterans are expected to play a big part in a new industry coming to town.

The CEO of Aris integration said, as a veteran himself, that he plans to hire as many former military members.

He says he is committed to training veterans for  building and manufacturing work, as well as contractor roles.

An expert with Pima One Stop estimates local veteran unemployment at about 8 or 9 percent. He says they will work with Aris to prepare and place veterans.

"A lot of your reservists and army reserve people who get deployed already have skills because they've been working in the community so basically they're skills can be transferred right back to what they were doing, but some will want to get more training," said Arthur Burrola with Pima One Stop. 

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