March 21, 2021

Tucson

Long-time Tucson business development leader, Ellen Kirton, dies | Business News



Ellen Kirton helped Tucson entrepreneurs start and expand their businesses. She’s shown with one of her clients, Ray Montoya of Engineering and Environmental Consultants, in 2015.




Ellen Kirton, longtime director of the Pima Community College Small Business Development Center, died Sunday after complications from an illness.

After a long career in banking, Kirton became director of the Pima County SBDC in 2012.

The SBDC joined Pima Community College’s Workforce Development Division in 2016.

“Through her work assisting and inspiring entrepreneurs in starting, growing and expanding their small businesses, Ellen created a lasting economic

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Leading optics company expanding Tucson presence, adding 50 tech jobs | Business News



Jayson Nelson is manufacturing technology manager at Edmund Optics. The company moved into a new research and development center on East Grant Road in 2016.




Edmund Optics, a leading provider of optical and imaging components, has opened a new assembly and advanced design facility in Tucson and is expected to add about 50 new tech jobs.

The 21,225-square-foot facility, on East Elvira Road near Tucson International Airport, is Edmund’s second site in Tucson and will support advanced design efforts and high-volume manufacturing services, including clean-room assembly, inspection and testing, the company said.

Edmund,

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