Tech firms donate food for ICS drive

Seven local companies have donated food to Interfaith Community Services in a drive organized by the Arizona Technology Council Ambassadors Committee.

Paragon Space Development Corporation, EOS Technologies Inc., Mastek-InnerStep Inc., ITT Technical Institute Tucson, Anewco Products Inc., Infrared Laboratories Inc., and R.E. Darling Co. Inc., collected and donated 3,000 cans, jars, bags, boxes and other items last week.

ICS volunteers are using the donations to assemble holiday food packages. The ICS Food Bank has been distributing to individuals and families since Nov. 22, supplementing monthly emergency food boxes. It distributed 1,317 holiday food packages last year, and expects to distribute at least 1,500 this year.

“The Arizona Technology Council was pleased to have the opportunity to organize our first annual holiday food drive competition supporting the ICS Food Bank,” said Justin Williams, director of the council’s Tucson Regional Office.

A contest last year between Paragon Space Development and Anewco Products spurred the expansion.

“We knew it was a great opportunity for the council and our members to give back to the community,” Williams said. “This time of year can be such a difficult time for families in need. We look forward to growing this event in the years to come.”

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Sargent to open office in Singapore

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Sargent Aerospace & Defense, the supplier of precision-engineered components and aftermarket services that has operations in Marana, is opening a customer service and business development office in Singapore in January.

The new office, due to open Jan. 3, should “enhance customer service for existing commercial aerospace customers, as well as support growth across the continent via a regional sales team,” according to a Monday release.

“Sargent’s expansion to Asia is a direct result of its booming commercial aviation market, one that will double from 4,500 airliners to approximately 9,000 within the next decade,” said Scott Still, president of Sargent Aerospace & Defense.

Asia has a robust commercial aviation market, fueled by rapid economic growth in the region over the past 15 years, the release said. Within the next 10 years, the number of aircraft in service is expected to more than triple.

Sargent’s Singapore office would provide a direct link to the company’s worldwide operating system, “providing real-time communications to customers and minimizing wait times exacerbated by time zone differences,” the release continued.

“Providing quotations, shipment status, and capitalizing on new business development opportunities will allow Sargent to further increase our global footprint by placing more focus on Asia,” said Kevin Connelly, vice president of aftermarket services.

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Sun Tran bus passes now sold at 7-11

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All 17 7-Eleven store in greater Tucson are now selling Sun Tran bus passes, according to a release from the transportation service.

Passengers may also purchase full fare monthly, full fare stored value and Express monthly passes 24 hours a day at the stores, the release said. Cash, credit or debit cards are accepted.

“We are excited about the partnership with 7-Eleven, which will prove very beneficial for our passengers,” said Katrina Heineking, Sun Tran general manager. “7-Eleven is located throughout our community, providing many more options for passengers to purchase bus passes.”

“The idea came from our customers who asked that our stores offer this service because many of our locations are near bus stops,” said Ray Kruckner, market manager for 7-Eleven stores in Arizona.

There are now more than 50 locations for passengers to purchase Sun Tran bus pass products.

People may visit or call Sun Tran’s Customer Service Center at 792-9222.

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