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Indian tech firm Axiscades to bring 300 jobs to Tucson in next 5 years

Axiscades, an engineering company based in India, plans to hire more than 300 people over the next five years as the company sets up a Tucson office, officials announced Friday.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey made the announcement with Axiscades CEO Mritunjay Singh in small conference room at the Arizona state government building downtown.

Based in Bangalore, India, Axiscades is an engineering firm that works in a number of industries, including mining and construction, and includes Caterpillar as a "primary customer" said Singh. 

Ducey was backed by Tucson Major Jonathan Rothschild, Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson, and Sun Corridor CEO David Hutchens. 

Axiscades joins a number of companies that have moved to Tucson in the last few years, including Caterpillar, which decided to construct a divisional headquarters in Tucson in 2016, adding about 600 employees as it builds an office for its surface mining and technology operations on a Rio Nuevo plot on the West Side. 

Ducey also noted that Ernst and Young, Amazon, Hexagon Mining, and Texas Instruments have moved or expanded here. "Arizona is booming," Ducey touted, adding that Axiscades was bringing "services and solutions to movers and shakers like Caterpillar." 

"These are precisely the types of high-paying jobs that Southern Arizona has been looking to attract," Ducey said. 

This was yet another "major jobs announcement in the city of Tucson," Ducey said, adding that Arizona had 240,000 new private sector jobs, as part of an economic boom exemplified by increased consumer confidence, lowering unemployment, and increased state revenues. 

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"We are thrilled that Caterpillar is here, and when you have companies like Axiscades that is following on, with a significant amount of jobs —300—with plans and hopes to expand beyond that," the Republican governor said. 

"Often times it's an ecosystem of successful enterprise next to successful enterprise that attracts other businesses and supply chain and distribution," said Ducey. "We can see that our economy is booming in Arizona, we want that to be happening in southern Arizona, in Tucson and Pima County as well." 

Ducey said that Axiscades will work to hire students from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.  

"The primary driver is Caterpillar, because that's one of my customers, but coming here I realized there's a lot more business here which is happening, and a great source of engineering talent," Singh said. Engineering schools in Arizona are growing, which is "great news for an engineering company like us," he said.  

Axiscades will help Caterpillar design heavy equipment in Tucson. 

"We design them, we actually help them in the manufacturing process, and also help them take care of a lot of engineering activity which can be outsourced to either locally here in Tucson, or we can do it somewhere else," Singh said. 

Singh said that after visiting Tucson, he would work to expand to providing engineering help to Tucson's defense industry. "We are looking to expand, but Tucson definitely is a great place to be, both in terms of talent and in terms of the customers that are here," he said. 

Rothschild said that Axiscades added to what he called the "five Ts" that drive Tucson's economy — technology, trade, transportation, tourism and teaching. 

Tucson's proximity to Mexico is an "important strategic advantage," he said. Competing cities can copy strategies, but they can't move to be within 60 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, an aspect of Tucson that helped bring Caterpillar, which exports equipment to Mexico, Central and South America and the world. 

"Demand for technology will only grow," said Bronson, noting that technologies all will require increasing amounts of iron and copper, aluminum and rare earth materials. "Mining is Arizona's past, its present, and will remain its future," she said. 

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"Mining and mining technology innovation is a major component" of the county's economic plan, she said.

Just before the announcement, Ducey took a moment to recognize that the family of U.S. Sen. John McCain announced on Friday that he was halting medical treatment for aggressive brain cancer. 

"On top of everyone's mind and that's John McCain," Ducey said. "John McCain is an American hero." 

"From Vietnam to the halls of the United States Senate, the spirit of service and civility that has guided Senator McCain life stands as a model to all Americans, regardless of political or party affiliation," Ducey said. 

Ducey noted he had the "great privilege" to meet with McCain and his family in May. "Our prayers and hearts are with them," he said. 

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces that Axiscades, a engineering firm, will come to Tucson, bringing about 300 jobs to the city.