Construction of a 60,000-square-foot logistics and distribution center for Ventana Medical Systems is scheduled to begin by year’s end in Marana.
The center will be in Tangerine Commerce Park on Tangerine Road near Interstate 10.
Ventana will be the first tenant within the 100-acre business park and will lease the facility from Cottonwood Properties, whose affiliate company will oversee the construction.
The Marana facility will function as a distribution center with some assembly to support Ventana’s Oro Valley operation.
Marana officials applauded the announcement.
“Ventana has a well-deserved worldwide reputation for excellence in biosciences,” said Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson. “Its presence in Marana will enhance our community and spark further economic development.”
Ventana is a member of the Roche Group and develops tissue-based cancer diagnostic solutions. The company was founded in 1985 by University of Arizona pathologist Dr. Thomas Grogan. Ventana went public in 1996 and was acquired by Roche Holdings AG in 2008 for $3.4 billion dollars.