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Sportex Cooperates with MCSO Investigation

At approximately 12:30pm on Friday, February 8th, 2013,

 our manufacturing facility in Tempe, Arizona was served a search warrant by the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office (MCSO), where a 7-Month long investigation by the MCSO revealed that as many as 19 of our employees had used false identifications to apply for and obtain employment with our company. Local News reports of the search picked-up by the API initially mislabeled the MCSO’s search “at a company accused of hiring workers illegally”, which was later, corrected and described as “Identity Theft”.

Here at Sportex Apparel, we follow all of the laws in regards to our hiring, and every employee (hired after January 1st, 2008) has been E-Verified to maintain their employment with the company. Each employee suspected in the investigation, was an employee of the company, was on the company’s payroll, were included on all required tax statements and filing with the State and Federal agencies, and were E-Verified and or hired under the laws and guidelines in place at the time of their hiring. Arizona is one of only four states that have a mandatory E-Verification requirement for all employers.

Prior to exiting some four hours after the search began, and after interviewing each employee present at the time, the MCSO stated to the ownership and management of Sportex Apparel that they were fully cooperative with the MCSO during their search of the facility, and stated that at this time the investigation is of an “individual basis”, and the company records reviewed during the search were found to be in compliance with appropriate hiring guidelines, and that the company is not under any current investigation based on their hiring practices, stressing that this was an investigation involving cases of individual identity theft.

The ownership and management of Sportex Apparel will continue to provide whatever assistance the MCSO asks of them, but at this time have been advised that pending further investigation, their involvement in the matters regarding the employees targeted in their investigation for identity theft has ended.

On a personal note, we all are deeply saddened and humbled by the events, and vow to become a better company for it. We are so appreciative of the relationships with our Clients and Business Partners and apologize whole heartedly to anyone this news may impact. Sportex Apparel is an American company and we plan on keeping the Sportex Brand Made in the USA and proud for it. Normal operations will continue as scheduled, and we will work hard every day to earn your respect, and encourage anyone with questions or concerns to contact us to discuss.


Larry, William, Becky, Debbie,
& All 125 + of us here at Sportex

Join Us In Indianapolis For ASLRRA 2012

We will be attending the ASLRRA 2012 Annual Convention in Indianapolis Indiana. The show will be held April 21-24, at the amazing J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.  There will be a ton of great sessions and activities from Tech. Conferences to Golf outings, and its location in downtown indianapolis gives newcomers a great opportunity to see some great attractions and experience its rich nightlife.  Some key members of the Sportex Team will be there, including Larry Deutsch, William Kaverman, Becky Hemauer, Debbie Fink & Tony Peterson.  Stop by booth 919 to get a glimpse of all the new things that we’ve been doing this year, from expanding our product line to great ideas on customization.  Please click on any of the above links for more information or give us a call to plan something out, we hope to see you there!

Downtown Indianapolis Indiana

Downtown Indianapolis Indiana

J.W. Marriott Downtown Indianapolis

J.W. Marriott Downtown Indianapolis

Monstrous Sarens Crane in Chandler Arizona

“Nothing too heavy….nothing too high for this monstrous Sarens crane that did major heavy lifting during construction of the Intel computer chip fabrication plant in Chandler Arizona. Transported by ships from the Sarens family owned company in Belgium to California, the 155 containers of crane parts and sections were then loaded onto semi trucks and delivered to Arizona. The crane base was anchored to the ground and then built by other cranes. Rigging International are the specialists who assembled and operated the crane. It stands close to 800 feet tall and can lift some serious tonnage.” – ChopperguyHD

BNSF In West Franconia Arizona

Franconia is located North of Lake Havasu Arizona and East of Topock Arizona on the California/Arizona border.  The Topock Bridge is used by the Railroads to cross the Colorado River into either Arizona or California.  Thanks for the great pictures guys, and keep up the good work!

Rail Welder Continue reading

Facelift Set to Begin at Tempe’s Iconic Hayden Flour Mill

By Garin Groff, East Valley Tribune, Mesa, Ariz.

Hayden Flour Mill

Click on the Image to see the History of the Hayden Flour Mill!

Nov. 10–Work to restore the historic Hayden Flour Mill should start in as little as 10 days, bringing life to an iconic building that’s sat idle since 1997.

Mayor Hugh Hallman announced the project’s start date Thursday in the annual state of the city address, which will be the last Hallman will deliver as he wraps up two terms in office.

Hallman also revealed a major boost to fundraising efforts, with a $200,000 donation toward the $605,000 project. The money is from Wally Zaremba, president of the Zaremba Group, which is completing the West 6th apartment towers in downtown. Continue reading

Job Well Done Austin Bridge & Road!

Austin Bridge & Road Team

Some of the guys wearing their Sportex Safety Vests with a custom banner.

Austin Bridge & Road was recently selected (as shown in a recent post) for one of the Best Projects in the Southwest 2011.  They were awarded for their work on the first phase of the Loop 303, Happy Valley to Lake Pleasant Parkway.  We would like to congratulate them on all the hard work and say that everyone here at Sportex Safety is rooting for you on the ENR finalist selections.  Thanks for the support!

2011 Southwest Best Project Winners from ENR Magazine

By, Article by scott_blair at 9/21/2011 5:28 PM CDT

303l project

Austin Bridge & Road's 303L Project

A panel of 15 judges from all walks of the industry, from architects to subcontractors, examined the 130 entries received this year (more entries than any other region in the U.S.) and selected a primary winner in each of 18 categories. The judges also selected a number of awards of merits.

This is their 14th year of producing the awards, and this year was particularly competitive because all of the region’s states were judged together, unlike in past years where they held separate awards in each state. Regardless of which projects received awards this year, every project team that submitted should be extremely proud of the work that they produced, especially given the difficult economic climate.
In addition to the awards below, one project will win top honors as the best overall project of the Southwest. The three finalists for this award are indicated below, but the overall winner will be named at a later time. Continue reading

Solar Tower Twice the Height of Empire State Building in Arizona

EnviroMission USA, a subsidiary of Australian renewable energy firm EnviroMission Ltd., is developing the estimated $750-million project, to be built on a site in La Paz County near Quartzite, Ariz. While the Australian division of design engineer Arup is still working out exact details, Chris Davey, EnviroMission USA’s president, says the 426-ft-dia. tower is expected to reach approximately 2,600 ft into the Arizona sky. The great height is necessary to attain a sufficient temperature differential to propel air with enough force to drive the turbines.

While project financing is still being worked out, the project was boosted in October by a 200-MW power purchase agreement from the Southern California Public Power Authority.

The tower generates electricity using relatively simple scientific principles. A massive greenhouse podium up to three miles in diameter will heat the surface air to 160 ˚F. Since air temperature falls 2 ˚F for every 320 ft in elevation, the difference in temperature atop the tower causes the lighter, heated air to flow upward. “Provided you can maintain the temperature differential of about 55 ˚F, you are going to operate at maximum output,” Davey says. Turbines similar to those used in hydroelectric powerplants convert the air flow into mechanical energy. Continue reading

Kiewit-Sundt Team Speeds Freeway Expansion to Finish in Arizona

ENR Kiewit Sundt


Story by ENR magazine 09/19/2011

Battling monsoons, heat, live traffic and subpar soils, a joint-venture team expects to complete 30 miles of a Phoenix-area freeway expansion in just eight months—adding another reason for the Arizona Dept. of Transportation to embrace design-build as it constructs projects to cope with growing traffic.

A team of Kiewit Corp. and Sundt Construction holds the approximately $90-million contract to add 30 miles of high-occupancy vehicle lanes to Loop 101 between state Route 51 and Interstate 10.  “To do this many miles in [nine] months is pretty exciting,” says Steve Mishler, ADOT project manager. “Typically, this project would have been broken up into five pieces, and I would have been given 18 months just for design and a year and change for construction.” Continue reading