AgJunction Selects Arizona for New Corporate Headquarters
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (December 13, 2018) — Agritech company AgJunction has announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters from Hiawatha, Kansas to Scottsdale, Arizona effective immediately.
“We decided that Arizona was the right fit for our new corporate headquarters,” said Dave Vaughn, AgJunction President and Chief Executive Officer. “The decision to select Arizona as AgJunction’s new headquarters was based on the successful growth of our Technology Center of Excellence in Scottsdale and the state’s focus on the autonomous and agriculture technology industries.”
AgJunction, a global leader of advanced guidance and autosteering solutions for precision agricultural applications, announced in the spring of 2018 the creation of two Technology Centers of Excellence. These technology hubs, established in Scottsdale, Arizona and Brisbane, Australia, are research and development facilities focused on accelerating innovation for low-cost, simple-to-use precision agriculture solutions for farmers.
“Developments in agricultural technology being pioneered by companies like AgJunction are the kinds of innovations that not only benefit Arizona's agriculture industry, but also have a worldwide impact," said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. "We're proud AgJunction has selected Arizona as their home base and look forward to seeing their future innovations."
AgJunction creates affordable precision ag solutions to help farmers get more out of the land through hands-free farming. The ability to precisely autosteer a tractor is proven to increase yield and decrease input costs regardless of the size of the farm.
“For decades, the brightest minds have been engineering innovative ways to grow crops in Arizona,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Our state’s long history of agricultural expertise, combined with our focus on leveraging emerging technologies to find new solutions, makes Arizona the ideal location for an agritech leader like AgJunction to advance its mission.”
“AgJunction relocating their headquarters to Greater Phoenix is an exciting win for the region,” says Chris Camacho, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “Technology businesses continue to seek out Greater Phoenix and AgJunction’s innovative autosteer technology is a perfect example of this momentum. We’re excited about their expansion to the region and look forward to their continued growth."
The Scottsdale facility will initially create 56 jobs in engineering, program management, finance and customer support over the next three years.
Connie Weber, Arizona Commerce Authority, (602) 845-1243, firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen Schwab, GPEC, (602) 262-8600, email@example.com
AgJunction Inc., the Autosteering Company™ is a global leader of advanced guidance and autosteering solutions for precision agriculture applications. Its technologies are critical components in over 30 of the world’s leading precision Agriculture manufacturers and solution providers and it holds over 130 fundamental steering and machine control patents. AgJunction markets its solutions under leading brand names including Novariant®, Wheelman™ and Whirl™ and is committed to advancing its vision by bringing affordable hands-free farming to every farm, regardless of terrain or size. AgJunction has locations in California, Arizona, Canada and Australia, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol “AJX.” For more information, please go to AgJunction.com.
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About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Established in 1989, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) actively works to attract and grow quality businesses and advocate for the competitiveness of Greater Phoenix. As the regional economic development organization, GPEC works with 22-member communities, Maricopa County and more than 150 private investors to accomplish its mission, and serve as a strategic partner to companies across the world as they expand or relocate. GPEC’s business development team provides confidential, expert support to companies as they plan their expansion and relocation strategies, including labor and economic impact data and analytics, streamlined real estate searches, and connectivity to decision makers. Consistently ranked as a top national economic development organization, GPEC’s approach to connectivity extends beyond the fabric of the community. Known as The Connected Place, Greater Phoenix is in a relentless pursuit of innovative and entrepreneurial technology-focused companies that are committed to changing the game. For more information about GPEC, visit www.gpec.org or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.