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Business Briefcase: February 1, 2017

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Hello, readers, and welcome to a “Super” edition of the Business Briefcase.

As many of you know, there’s a little game being played Sunday to determine the champion of the National Football League.

Want to guess what it is? Surprise! It’s the Super Bowl, and the yearly event has been 19 of the top 20 most watched broadcasts in the United States of all time.

Something tells me many Briefcase readers have contributed to some of those ratings.

The other pesky entry? The M*A*S*H series finale that aired in 1983. That episode is No. 8 on the list, so its place in the upper echelon is quite safe for now.

Another fun fact, since the M*A*S*H finale aired in February, all 20 of the most-watched broadcasts have come in the first two months of the year. We hit our television peak and it’s all downhill from there. Unless you could not care less about the game. One former West Valley View reporter (and Briefcase host) referred to the game as the Superb Owl.

Whatever adjective you’d like to use to describe your owls is fine with the Briefcase. Let’s see what we have this week.

The first order of business is a correction. Shocking, I know! No need for snarky remarks, I’m being facetious. They do happen from time to time.

For those who didn’t see the updated story on our website, Estrella Animal Hospital’s email address should have been listed as eahreception@hotmail.com.

Those interested in receiving their animal records can send a message to that address.

OK, let’s get on to the new listings.

A Facebook commenter has pointed out that a previously reported project is open. Thank you!

Urgent Care Extra is now open at 16430 W. Yuma Road in Goodyear, in the Fry’s shopping center complex on the northwest corner of Yuma and Sarival roads.

I probably don’t have to go into much detail about what an urgent care facility does, but I can say Urgent Care Extra has more than 40 locations in Arizona and Nevada. The Yuma Road location is the second in Goodyear, and second in the West Valley.

For information, visit urgentcareextra.com.

Over in Avondale, the Madison Heights public housing development held its grand opening celebration on Jan. 26.

The $30 million affordable housing development is at 1103 N. Sixth St., just off Dysart Road and north of Agua Fria High School. It encompasses 143 units, and was the first project in Arizona to take advantage of the Rental Assistance Demonstration federal program, designed to “redevelop the nation’s aging stock of public housing,” according to a press release.

The project replaced 77 units that were originally built in 1973. Redevelopment began in September 2015.

Out in Buckeye, Arizona Public Service Co., more commonly stylized as APS, has purchased approximately 83 acres of land just west of SR85, south of Baseline Road. The site will eventually house a new substation, staging yard and administrative and regional offices.

The facility will be the largest in the Phoenix area and will bring 300 jobs to the site.

There will be more to come once dirt begins to move.

Cardinal IG, just north of downtown Buckeye, is eyeing an April 1 opening for its glass manufacturing facility.

Cardinal IG is a subsidiary of Cardinal Glass Industries, which employs 6,000 people across 37 locations in the U.S.

Cardinal IG announced the project in June 2016, and completed the land purchase in August.

The facility is expected to bring 100 jobs once open and will pump upward of $5 million into the area over the next 20 years, according to a 2016 economic analysis done by Rounds Consulting Group.

That’s everything for this week. Thanks for reading!

As always, send tips, questions or comments to smcowen@westvalleyview.com. I have a few inquiries in the hopper that I’m working on getting answers to, so stay tuned.

Have a great week!

 

Shane McOwen can be reached at smcowen@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

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