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Targeting Safety: Disposable Traffic Cones L ee Addis came up with a “doublebarreled” idea a few years ago while a senior at Basha High School in Chandler. “I was driving home late one night and nearly drove into a pile of landscape gravel that had been dumped in the road,” Addis says. “That is where I had the idea for the disposable cardboard safety cone.” Along with his father, Drue, Addis started the Re-Nine Safety Company after playing around with several designs. “We actually started with shooting targets, before moving into safety cones,” Addis recalls. “The idea for the shooting targets came almost by accident when my brother and I found ourselves shooting at one of the prototypes with a pellet gun. At that point, we decided to also market them as targets.” Addis’s firm became a LLC in August 2011. “The next year and a half was spent with revising the design of the cone and figuring out manufacturing,” Addis says. “We worked with different box/corrugated material manufacturers to produce a costeffective prototype before moving into production.” Re-Nine eventually selected Canyon State Box & Container to manufacture their product. About a week after their first production run of target cones, Re-Nine Safety had its first sale while Addis traveled to Flagstaff on a family camping trip. “We stopped at the Old World Gun store in Camp Verde. In our first try at selling them, the shop owner thought it was a cool idea and bought the first 50 cones on May 4, 2013,” Addis proudly says. Twenty eight Kitchell, Nelson Partners Team Up with Ak-Chin Tribe T here’s a swank new place to throw a party in Arizona. The Ak-Chin Indian Community recently unveiled its new Elements Event Center at Ak-Chin Circle. The conference and event center is equipped to host groups of up to 300 people with 11,000square-feet of indoor and outdoor space. The versatile facility can host weddings, corporate meetings, and conferences. “The Ak-Chin Indian Community is proud to extend our hospitality and event services offerings,” said Chairman Manuel. “This is a perfect complement to the other meeting space options available at UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, and Southern Dunes Golf Club.” The project was originally designed for retail, but was converted when the Ak-Chin saw the need for additional event space. Kitchell was the general contractor on the development that was designed by the architectural firm of Nelson Partners. The four banquet rooms are named Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, which represent the elements of the tribe’s wellrounded agricultural community. "Adding Elements, as the premier event space at Ak-Chin Circle, will help the UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center maximize the guest experience, while increasing visitors to the Ak-Chin Indian Community,” said Alan Grossberg, CEO of UltraStar. "Now we have the necessary space to accommodate a wide variety of events." The Ak-Chin Indian Community is located 58 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County. The tribe has more than 1,004 members and a land base of more than 22,000 acres. Images courtesy of Ak-Chin Tribe Construction Around Arizona Sales, though, are off to a slow start but show some growth. “We have several dealers around the state that stock the shooting targets, but still have limited sales with the safety cones,” Addis says. Future plans include out-of-state marketing and working with some national suppliers and distributors of seal coating supplies for sales of the safety cone. For more information, see Fall 2015