When Guy Gardner bought Quality Plastics in Sparks in 1983, the company had a single piece of technology: a photocopier. Today, the company’s staff of 35 relies extensively on the tools of technology to design and manufacture often-complex plastics products for business-to- business, business-to- government and business-to-consumer markets.
The Biggest Little City just scored a big milestone. The first building in Switch’s Citadel Campus officially opened for business at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Reno-Sparks earlier this month. Called “Tahoe Reno 1,” the 130-megawatt facility is one of several data center buildings planned for the project.
When most of us think about technology, we think about devices created with tiny, super-fast semiconductors and manufactured by outfits such as Apple and Lenovo. We don’t often think of products 5 feet in diameter or manufacturing techniques that require the application of 2,000 tons of force. And we might not think about Dynamic Isolation Systems as a technology company at all.
ITS Logistics is currently working to optimize the company’s warehouse and distribution center to increase storage capacity. These improvements come after a year of growth for ITS. In 2016 alone, the company grew by 20 percent. The growth was aided by the company moving their dedicated fleet operations, corporate offices and warehouse and distribution center into a new 630,000-square-foot campus on Vista Boulevard in Sparks.
The logistics industry used to be all about big metal — semi-trailer trucks and warehouses filled with miles of steel racking. These days, the logistics business is about big data just as much as it’s about big metal, and northern Nevada companies continue to be among the industry’s leaders. Just look, for instance, at the ways that technology is helping to drive the rapid growth of ITS Logistics, the locally grown company that recently moved into a 630,000-square- foot facility in Sparks.
It is difficult to predict precisely how many new jobs will need to be filled in the next five to 10 years, but it is a lot, and it is clear that the quality of the workforce will need to improve and that wages will increase as competition for skilled employees intensifies. This fact is now manifesting itself as employees change jobs and become more focused on upgrading their skills.
Growing up in New York was good for me in many ways. New Yorkers are mirrors for reflecting attitudes people project, back on them. “What’s it to ya?” is a favorite answer they give anyone that doesn’t ask a question politely. On the other hand, they’ll give you the shirt off their back to help people, as demonstrated after the World Trade Center tragedy. In business as in life, attitude is the root cause of success, or if not paid attention to, purgatory or failure.