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The Bottom Line: Chandler’s Orbital Sciences hunts for new space

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Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2004 7:40 am | Updated: 6:15 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Orbital Sciences Corp., a developer and manufacturer of space and rocket systems, is looking to expand operations in west Chandler.

The Dulles, Va.-based company is looking for about 50,000 square feet of space near its 500,000-square-foot Launch Systems Group facility at 3380 S. Price Road.

The space would be used for administrative functions, said Barry Beneski, company spokesman.

"It’s a product of the tremendous growth that we’ve seen over the last couple of years at our Chandler location," Beneski said. "What’s been propelling that growth is primarily Department of Defense-related programs that Orbital is a major player in."

The company’s Chandler facility designs and partly assembles rockets that will one day sit on alert in silos in Alaska and California for launch to intercept rockets fired at the United States.

Orbital has about 1,000 employees in Chandler.

MESA ANGELS

Visiting Angels, a provider of assisted living services for seniors, opened its newest franchise in Mesa at 701 W. Southern Ave.

Owned and operated by Bob and Pam Dailey, the company provides nonmedical senior home care to help seniors to continue to live in their homes.

Bob Dailey has been a health care manager for more than 27 years.

Pam Dailey is a former Meals on Wheels coordinator and senior center volunteer and employee.

"I was attracted to the business by the opportunity to do something good for others, and also to start the business part time working from home," Bob Daily said.

The company provides a range of services, including basic chores, personal hygiene, meal preparation, shopping and companionship, as well as providing a respite for family caregivers.

SNOWBIRD EXPRESS

Canada’s WestJet will be the latest new low-cost airline at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport when it offers two nonstop flights a week between Calgary, Alberta, and the Valley beginning Oct. 5.

"We think there’s huge opportunity," said company spokeswoman Siobhan Vinish. "There’s a lot of people who go down to the States, the snowbirds, who spend five or six months down there. This is going to provide them with an opportunity to come back and forth or have friends and family come and visit them."

WestJet started in 1996 primarily serving western Canada.

It has grown to become that country’s largest low-fare carrier with coast-to-coast routes.

BOTTOM’S UP

It’s official. The East Valley has no sense of humor. In a survey commissioned by Shoebox, Hallmark’s irreverent greeting card line, there were no cities in the Valley ranked among the top 40 cities in the United States when it comes to being hotbeds of humor. Coming in at No. 1 was Mankato, Minn., followed by Helena, Mont., and Cheyenne, Wyo. Rounding out the top five were Providence, R.I., and Milwaukee. For gosh sakes, we have to be funnier than Milwaukee.

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