Heidi Bunch photos - Mineral County Economic Development Authority Director Shelley Hartmann (middle) and Lt. Col. Gregory Gibbons (second from right) prepare to cut a ribbon on the Hawthorne Technology and Industrial center at the Army Depot Tuesday.

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Mineral County Economic Development Authority Director Shelley Hartmann (middle) and Lt. Col. Gregory Gibbons (second from right) prepare to cut a ribbon on the Hawthorne Technology and Industrial center at the Army Depot Tuesday.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday at the Hawthorne Army Depot to announce the creation of the Hawthorne Technology and Industrial Center, a business park of sorts that hopes to bring company’s and jobs to Mineral County.
Hawthorne Army Depot, SOC-USA and Mineral County Economic Development Authority entered into partnership with the Armament and Retooling Support (ARMS) Program to create the largest economic development site in Mineral County.

The ceremony began with a greeting by Lt. Col. Gregory Gibbons, before his new assignment in Alabama, to members of Mineral County and the State of Nevada, and were met with his famous opening line of, “It’s a great day to be a soldier…”

Gibbons has been instrumental in working with not only the depot to secure this economic venture but also with Walker River Paiute Tribe, the State of Nevada and various other agencies that have come on board.

He explained some of the programs that are currently utilizing the ARMS partnership, which include: testing of drones, Pyrospectacular and AeroJet Rocketdyne.

The ARMS program helps not only the economic side of business, but also that of the aging base by making modifications to meet the tenants needs, equipment upgrades and funding for small improvement projects.

Working with Shelley Hartmann, Mineral County Economic Director, the depot met the goals of ARMS in record time.

Even those as high up as Governor Brian Sandoval took notice of the developments happening at Hawthorne Army Depot and declared June 28, that of “Hawthorne Technology and Industrial Center Day.

Lt. Col. Gregory Gibbons speaks to the crowd in attendance at the Hawthorne Technology and Industrial Center ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Gregory Gibbons speaks to the crowd in attendance at the Hawthorne Technology and Industrial Center ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday.

In a proclamation, the governor states:
“WHEREAS, the State of Nevada is committed to facilitating and promoting economic development projects, including projects that create jobs and diversify the economy, both in rural counties and throughout the entire state; and
WHEREAS, the Hawthorne Army Depot, SOC-USA and Mineral County Economic Development Authority, in partnership with the Armament and Retooling Support (ARMS) Program, have achieved Nevada Certified Economic Development Site Status; and
WHEREAS, the United States Army has affirmed that the Certified Site Program is essential to marketing and promoting the ARMS Program; and
WHEREAS, encouraging commercialization of property within the Hawthorne Army Depot boundaries supports development of important, “shovel-ready” industry and commercial sites which will ultimately result in new investments, economic growth, and job creation for the county; and
WHEREAS, a cohort of stake holders including Mineral County, Mineral County Economic Development Authority, Highway 95 RDA, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, SOC and the Hawthorne Weapon and Ammunition Depot have collaborated to promote economic development in Mineral County, and
WHEREAS, the State of Nevada is proud to promote efforts to increase economic growth and commends Mineral County for seeking out opportunities for expansion and diversification through continued cooperation with local and state partners;
NOW, TEREFORE, I BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim June 28, 2016 as HAWTHORNE TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRIAL CENTER DAY.
Those in attendance were introduced to the new general manager of SOC-USA, Dave Larsen, who acknowledged the hard work put forth by not only his employees, but by all.

Ready to bring industry to Mineral County, Hartmann, explained, “Mineral County’s site certification tells site selectors that the homework is done. The people are ready for your business and you will be welcomed with open arms. Mineral County is open for business.”

Those interested in the ARMS program or bringing economic benefits to Mineral County can call Hartmann at 775-945-2896 for more information.