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Bridgestone picks Eloy site for research farm

The Scottsdale office of the Land Advisors Organization, the nation’s largest land brokerage firm, announced the successful completion of a site selection assignment for Bridgestone Corporation (BSJ) in collaboration with Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO).

BATO acquired a 281-acre agricultural site in Eloy, Arizona, to serve as the base of its agricultural research operation. This research farm will supply guayule, a Southwestern U.S. native shrub, for the company’s process research center that is planned for nearby Mesa.

Recognized for their extensive expertise in farm land transactions and specialized site selection, the Land Advisors Organization’s Kirk McCarville and Michele Pino, worked with BSJ’s site selection firm, Strategic Development Group (Columbia, South Carolina) to locate suitable agricultural parcels which culminated in the purchase of the Eloy, Arizona site.

According to a BSJ representative, “In March of this year, BSJ announced the Bridgestone Group’s plans for an extensive research project in the United States dedicated to developing guayule as a commercially viable, renewable source of high-quality natural rubber and as an alternative to the currently used Hevea tree.”

The research farm will include a multi-purpose office/laboratory building, greenhouses and a farming operation that is positioned to optimize guayule as a commercial crop and complements the existing agricultural landscape. Groundbreaking is anticipated in the third quarter of 2012.

McCarville’s expertise in agricultural land has been cultivated during his 30+ years as land broker, specializing in Pinal County, Arizona. “Farm activity is notably on the rise due to higher commodity pricing,” said McCarville. “Farm investments concentrated within Pinal County have helped contribute to significant economic growth in an otherwise recessionary market. There is substantial leading-edge research and development backing this industrial crop, allowing for a wealth of interest and investment to flourish in our area.”

McCarville was recently featured on an Italian televised news program discussing the rise in land values as Arizona’s farm land has become a player in the global agricultural arena.

Michele Pino, who previously worked as Director of Business Development for the Arizona Department of Commerce and now specializes in site selection for Land Advisors Organization mentioned, “The sale of farm land for the growth of unique biorenewable crops and the affiliated research/manufacturing facility will create numerous employment opportunities within our State. With the availability of agricultural land and the viability of these types of crops, the synergy between crop growth and manufacturing is becoming more and more prevalent in Arizona.”

 

Photo: runnr_az, flickr

Skydiving Arizona

Near the end of my first year at Arizona State University, myself and two other friends decided to take a leap into something we’ve never done before.

The chance to jump out of an airplane from 13,000 feet in the airPhoto: Ryan Harvey, Flickr was presented to us, and we weren’t going to turn it down. Getting the three of us on board with the plan was an easy task; we had all been craving a new thrill, and skydiving was high on our list.

In the early morning we gathered together into one car and made our way to Eloy for a visit to Skydive Arizona, a company that provided everything we would need to complete our skydiving adventure.

After about an hour-long drive from Tempe, we arrived at our destination where we wandered the site a bit and watched other skydivers coming in for their landing. Soon we learned the basics of skydiving safety and how our jump would work. Next we put on our harnesses and headed to the plane that would take us up into the sky.

A little car that looked like an elongated golf cart with no roof took us to the plane just as our nerves came into full swing. We hopped off the cart and climbed into the plane that had benches lining the Skydiving, Eloy, Photo: Ryan Harvey, Flickrwalls instead of the rowed commercial airline seating that I was used to. This was definitely the smallest plane I had ever been on.

After a fairly quick take off, we were headed up to our destination of 13,000 feet. Hip hop music played over the speakers as we nervously joked around and took pictures with each other.

Soon it was time to jump out of this plane that I had just started to get used to. I watched the first two people, who were experienced jumpers, flip out of the plane and quickly fall away into the sky. As I inched forward and approached the door, I got my first real glimpse of the wide open sky and a small world down below. In one swift motion the entire world was flipping above and below me, like nothing I had ever experienced before. It was amazing to see and feel such a huge mass of land being thrown around me like it was nothing.Skydivers, Eloy, Arizona, Photo: runnr_az, flickr

After free falling for a short time, I pulled the cord that released the parachute, and while pulling on the handles to steer the parachute into some drastic and very amusing turns, I gently floated back to ground level. I landed smoothly into the grass, quickly followed by my other two friends.

The rest of our day and night was spent in a euphoric state, reveling in what we had just experienced, and eager to do it again.