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Airbag Device Maker to Expand Mesa Plant

Rendering credit: Weiss Magness Architects

By Luci Scott for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

A manufacturer of devices that inflate airbags plans a major expansion onto nearly 20 acres east of the southeast corner of Loop 202 and Greenfield Road, pending approval by the City of Mesa.

Special Devices Inc., 3431 N. Reseda Circle, Mesa, will buy the land if it receives rezoning from general industrial to heavy industrial so it can ultimately construct seven new buildings in Phase One. The company proposes building a total of 64KSF of assembly area in Phase One and, eventually, a total of 123KSF.

Ultimate build-out will be based on market demands. Production in the new buildings is tentatively scheduled to begin in March 2016.

The Mesa Design Review Board and Planning and Zoning Board will consider the request this month. In addition to rezoning, the company needs a City Council Use Permit for a hazardous material facility and site plan and preliminary plat approval.

SDI describes itself as a world leader in developing and manufacturing of precision-engineered pyrotechnic products. The Mesa facility opened in 1992, initially to supply igniters for driver and passenger-side airbags, which is the bulk of their work today, along with manufacturing seatbelt pre-tensioners.

A small percentage of manufacturing in Mesa is devoted to initiation devices for light explosives used in mining. In 2009, SDI’s California operation was consolidated into the Mesa site.