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September, 2021
Why We Inspect Food Before Consumption, From Contamination to Cause We have all heard the phrase, “The way to a person’s heart is through their stomach.” While taking that concept with a grain of salt, most people would not want their appetite spoiled with the thought of consuming rotten or tainted food. In the United... Read more »
August, 2021
Is there a correlation between the end of mask mandates and the rise in cases of the common cold and influenza? The start of the summer is aligning with another new beginning, one in which many around the world make a return to the “New Normal” and relearn what life was like before COVID-19. While... Read more »
May, 2021
Public health is facing a looming crisis. However, unlike many more obvious public health emergencies, the majority of us may not recognize or realize the culprit: antimicrobial resistance. As hundreds of thousands of patients come face-to-face with health issues related to antibiotic-resistant infections, the scientific community must address the significance of antimicrobial stewardship and its... Read more »
May, 2020
In May, Hardy Dx continued its endeavor to keep hospitals well supplied with PPE by releasing a new UV light chamber that is used to sanitize N95 face masks. It is capable of sanitizing four masks at a time within four minutes. This UV treatment will allow hospitals to recycle their N95 masks that are... Read more »
December, 2019
In November, Hardy Diagnostics was presented with a “Certificate of Recognition” from the Salvation Army. The company continues their commitment to donate 1% of its earnings to charitable causes to make our world a better place.
December, 2019
In November, Hardy released the PathFinder Listeria test. This novel test will fluoresce green in the presence of pathogenic Listeria spp. It only takes overnight incubation to detect all the pathogenic species of Listeria that may be lurking on environmental surfaces of a food processing plant.
November, 2019
In October, Hardy gained clearance from the FDA to market the new Carba 5 lateral flow device that detects the five main bacterial enzymes of Carbapenem resistance. Test results are obtained in only 15 minutes and the cost is far less than PCR.
November, 2019
In July, Hardy announced the long-awaited release of The Wizard, an automated colony counting device that is used for the analysis of the Compact Dry plates. These plates are designed to enumerate the contaminating bacteria, yeast, and mold from food specimens.
May, 2019
On May 1, Hardy purchased the microbiology division of HealthLink in Jacksonville, Florida. Hardy is pleased to welcome the HealthLink customers and to assist them in purchasing culture media, antibiotic disks, QC microorganisms, specimen collection and transport swabs. One of the main products involved in this transaction is the Selective Strep Agar Plate.
May, 2019
On April 29, the FDA cleared Hardy’s new chromogenic agar plate, HardyCHROM CRE. This medium is used to detect Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae.  Commonly known as highly drug resistant “Super Bugs,” these organisms are an increasing concern in the medical field today. This culture media will assist in their detection and control. Other similar products would... Read more »
May, 2019
In May, Hardy renovated the design and packaging of their irradiated contact plates. These triple bagged pates are now capable of room temperature storage and are designed to control excess condensation. The plates feature the “twist lock” design that keeps the lids firmly attached to the base in order to reduce the chance of contamination... Read more »
March, 2019
Hardy Diagnostics was awarded VWR Life Science Supplier of the Year award for 2018 (also the winner for 2016) for the second time since we began our partnership with VWR in 2013.  This is based on percent increase from previous year and voted on by the VWR sales reps.  Hardy Diagnostics also won the platinum... Read more »
March, 2019
In keeping with Hardy’s Green philosophy, Hardy completed its solar panel project for two of its buildings in Santa Maria, CA during the month of February. This large array consists of almost 700 panels and is the largest solar project in Santa Maria. It will provide the majority of the power needs for both of... Read more »
March, 2019
In January, Hardy Diagnostics once again was awarded the Life Science “Supplier of the Year” award by VWR. This honor was due to Hardy’s record for prompt delivery, breadth of product line, and excellence in customer service.
March, 2018
In December, Hardy became re-certified by the State of California and the County of Santa Barbara as a Green Business. To achieve this award the company had to complete many green projects. Some examples would include the conversion of all lighting to LED bulbs, the use recycled paper, eliminating the use of paper plates and... Read more »
March, 2018
A new locking lid, “Lok-Tight,” was introduced for Hardy’s line of contact plates for surface monitoring.  The locking lid is activated by twisting the lid clockwise in order to keep the lid fastened even if the plates are accidentally dropped. The locking feature is important for the integrity of clean room surface testing for viable... Read more »
March, 2018
A new and improved Carrot Broth for the detection of Group B Strep was launched this year.  This “One Step” product no longer requires the addition of a tile into the tube. Carrot Broth remains the best way to screen for Group B Strep in pregnant women in order to prevent neonatal disease.
March, 2018
Hardy has made available numerous products that can be used to test the safety of cannabis products. These include media for the detection of bacterial and fungal pathogens, such as, Salmonella, toxigenic E. coli, Aspergillus, and others. Traditional culture media is offered for the performance of colony counting procedures, as well as new products, such... Read more »
March, 2018
Hardy launched numerous products in a bag format in 2018. Tryptic Soy Broth is now available in bags of 100ml, 700ml, and 5L; which include convenient dispensing ports. These products are used by the pharmaceutical and food industries.
March, 2018
Sales of the TrioBas Impact Air Samplers continue to grow. Customers enjoy the Bluetooth feature, multiple heads, and cordless charging. Hardy now offers annual calibration services for those that use the TriBas system for their clean rooms.
March, 2018
In August, The company-owned Moxie Café expanded and opened up a new branch within the Santa Maria Library. Now healthy food options can be enjoyed by customers in the downtown area.
March, 2018
In July, the Hardy Partners donated over five tons of food to help feed the disadvantaged in our community. 1,800 food items and $1,000 in cash were generously given by the Hardy workers. All proceeds will be distributed by the Salvation Army.
March, 2018
Hardy opened a new California distribution warehouse in order to better serve its West Coast customers. This 20,000sf facility in Santa Maria allows Hardy to efficiently process outgoing orders. As a part of Hardy’s green efforts, the entire roof and back parking lot will be covered with 650 solar panels which will more than supply... Read more »
March, 2018
In August, Cardinal Health became an authorized distributor of Hardy’s automated gram stain instrument. This advanced and patented instrument accommodates all different types and thicknesses of specimen material in order to produce a consistent, perfectly stained slide every time, and without variation due to technologist technique.
March, 2018
In January of 2018 Hardy Diagnostics earned its accreditation from ISO 17025 to perform calibrations for its customers. The laboratory at Hardy currently calibrates air samplers used in a clean room environment. Plans for adding thermometers and scales are being formulated.
March, 2017
In July, the QuickSlide division was successfully moved from Texas to Hardy’s Springboro manufacturing facility in Ohio. The sales of QuickSlide automated stainers showed growth of over 30% compared to last year, as laboratories seek to cut labor costs by introducing more automation into their labs. The instruments offer fast and consistent processing of Gram... Read more »
March, 2017
Hardy becomes the exclusive distributor for Dilucup, a new patented way to streamline the preparation of serial dilutions for the microbiological testing of food samples. The instrument reduces tech time, reduces repetitive stress, and saves space in the lab.
March, 2017
Our customer service operation moved to a new building on McCoy Lane in May. It features 35 new work stations, photo studio, calibration lab, conference room, break room, and relaxation room. The building is energy efficient with all LED lighting and the landscaping is designed for ultra-low water usage.
March, 2017
VWR presented Hardy Diagnostics with their “Supplier of the Year” award at their annual sales conference in Dallas in January. There were over 1,400 in attendance to honor suppliers that offered excellent products and service to their customers. VWR employs 9,300 workers and reports revenues of over $4.3 billion for their services to the scientific... Read more »
March, 2016
In keeping with Hardy’s record of never having a year of decreasing sales in its 36 year history, the company grew by 7% in 2016. To honor the pledge made by the directors, once again 1% of all earnings were distributed to charities such as the Boys and Girls Club, Good Samarian Shelter, Special Olympics,... Read more »
March, 2016
Hardy launched a new selective medium for the detection of Clostridium difficile, which is the leading cause of devastating Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). Starting in November, Hardy’s product is capable of monitoring environmental surfaces in the patient’s room for both spores and vegetative cells of C. difficile. This is a much needed tool (and the... Read more »
March, 2016
In November, Hardy became the first culture media company to offer a highly selective chromogenic medium specifically for gram negative rod ESBL organisms; sometimes referred to in the press as “superbugs.”  This new medium will isolate and detect these highly resistant strains of E. coli (pictured) and Klebsiella. Growth of resistant strains occur from stool... Read more »
March, 2016
In October, Hardy announced its partnership with Orum International, an Italian company that manufactures Trio Bas impact air samplers that are routinely used to monitor air quality in clean rooms.  The Trio Bas holds up to three petri plates that will grow bacteria and fungi that become impacted onto the surface of the media from... Read more »
March, 2016
The grand opening of Hardy’s new Salt Lake City Distribution Center occurred in June. The new facility tripled the space compared to the previous warehouse. This allows Hardy to provide better service to the Rocky Mountain states. Hardy has maintained distribution centers in Utah and Arizona for its customers since 1998.
March, 2016
In April, Hardy Diagnostics was honored by Inc. Magazine for the fifth time to be in America’s top 5,000 fastest growing private companies. Not only that, but Hardy will complete its 36th year of doing business without ever having a year of declining sales. Hardy continues to release new, innovative, and unique products for the... Read more »
March, 2016
Our CEO, Jay Hardy, appears before the US House Committee for Small Business in April in order to voice his support of a bill (H.R. 2096) that was introduced that will provide incentives for business owners to create an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Jay was among four witnesses before Congress to testify of his... Read more »
March, 2016
On January 15th, Hardy Diagnostics acquired the GG&B Company in Wichita Falls, Texas. This new division of Hardy Diagnostics was renamed “QuickSlide.” This company has developed four models of automated microscope slide stainers. They use a patented process to ensure consistent and distinct results every time. Of the four models offered, there are two models... Read more »
March, 2015
The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara presented Jay and Anne Hardy with the “Ambassador Award” for their support of higher education by granting 32 college scholarships over the last two years.
March, 2015
In April, Hardy Diagnostics was honored with an award for Excellence in Employee Ownership from the Pacific Coast Business Times in Ventura, California. The company has now been owned by the employees since the beginning of 2013. Under the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) the employees are granted shares in the company each year in order to... Read more »
March, 2015
Hardy Diagnostics releases an innovative new culture medium from its R&D; department for the selective identification of Vibrio bacteria. Vibrio infections, originating from shellfish and contaminated water, continue to be of increasing concern in America. The chromogenic media, HardyCHROM™ Vibrio, will identify the three Vibrio species that are pathogenic to humans. It is the first and only product... Read more »
March, 2015
Hardy Diagnostics exporting efforts win an award from the US Department of Commerce for being an “Export-Ready” firm, proactively participating in local export seminars, domestic and international trade fairs, and going abroad to develop and establish long-term partnerships with distributors and end-users. Hardy exudes the entrepreneurial spirit of a company that is tapping into other markets... Read more »
March, 2015
Jay Hardy sells his remaining 30% ownership to the employees of Hardy Diagnostics at the end of August. The company is now 100% owned by the workers. This completes the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) program that was started three years ago. Jay remains as the CEO, as the employees now completely own the company that they have worked... Read more »
March, 2015
The fifth building on the Hardy campus in Santa Maria was purchased in May. This 13,000 sf building will house the customer service operation for the company. The property was beautifully re-landscaped in order to reduce irrigation requirements as part of it Green efforts. A new 20,000 sf building behind the one pictured will soon be erected... Read more »
March, 2015
In October, the Moxie Café, owned and operated by the employees of Hardy Diagnostics, was ranked number one out of hundreds of restaurants on both the Yelp and TripAdvisor websites, based on positive customer reviews. In addition, as a result of its reader poll, the Sun Magazine presented the Moxie with four awards: Best New Business... Read more »
March, 2014
In October of 2014 the Moxie Café and Hardy Diagnostics were recently named one of Santa Maria’s most beautiful businesses by Santa Maria Valley Beautiful. The award was given in recognition of the Moxie’s commitment to community pride through creating a beautiful environment. The Moxie Café is owned and operated by the employees of Hardy Diagnostics. The... Read more »
March, 2014
Hardy announces a new alliance with Nissui Pharmaceuticals in Japan. Nissui manufactures a product for the food industry called Compact Dry. With Compact Dry one can perform a bacterial and fungal counts on a food sample. The plate is very thin and thus space efficient. The media is dehydrated for a long shelf life and... Read more »
March, 2014
The company opens up a new restaurant, known as the Moxie Café, next to the Santa Maria campus; not only for the employees, but for the public as well. The restaurant features many healthy choices of delicious dishes including salads, wraps, sandwiches, and rotisserie beef and free-range chicken. The Moxie also offers two conference rooms... Read more »
March, 2014
In April, Hardy Diagnostics opened its ninth distribution center in Raleigh, North Carolina. This warehouse will service Hardy customers in North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Northern Georgia. This will enhance and compliment Hardy’s existing network of distribution centers designed to provide customers with inexpensive next day ground delivery. Watch a short... Read more »
March, 2014
Numerous pieces of equipment were implemented for our manufacturing processes, such as a new ultra-sophisticated autoclave from Switzerland, an automated serum vial filler and crimper, a new versatile plate pouring line for all types of Petri dishes, and an automated cap torqueing machine for more consistent screw-cap tightness.
March, 2014
Twelve editions of our microbiology newsletter, MicroBytes, were published. This is the sixth year of offering this popular newsletter that is enjoyed by over 10,000 loyal readers.
March, 2014
Hardy Diagnostics signed up 2,176 new customers in 2014. The year ended with a growth in sales of over 10%.
March, 2014
Jay Hardy accepts an award from the Rotary Club for “Ethics in Business.” This award is given annually to the company that most demonstrates its involvement in building strong communities.
December, 2013
A contract is signed with the well-known scientific supply distributor, VWR. Hardy Diagnostics now offers 1,600 of its culture media products through this distribution channel to the industrial and research microbiology labs. Hardy’s TapTight™ contact plates and the CulGenex™ molecular biology reagents are now being sold exclusively through VWR.
June, 2013
The Northwest distribution center in Centralia is moved to Lacey, Washington, a suburb of Olympia. The new and larger facility services the Hardy customers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.
May, 2013
The Federal government requires that all manufacturers pay a highly contested 2.3% tax on the sale of all medical devices, in order to help fund the new Affordable Care Act (ACA).
April, 2013
Hardy becomes a supplier to Medline, one of the nation’s largest distributors of medical and surgical products. Medline will be representing Hardy in its new laboratory supply offering.
March, 2013
Hardy’s Swab Rinse Kits are now being used on the International Space Station to collect specimens for culture. The astronauts are using the Hardy Diagnostics’ products to sample the microbiome in and on their own bodies as well as the microbiome of the surfaces within the space craft.
January, 2013
Jay Hardy, the founder and president of Hardy Diagnostics sells the company in January of 2013. The majority of Hardy Diagnostics is now owned by the employees who work there. “If we act like we own the place,… it’’s because we do!”
October, 2012
Hardy’s R&D department releases HardyCHROM™ SS for the detection of both Salmonella and Shigella from stool cultures by utilizing chromogenic substances in the culture media. This is the first and only medium that will identify both of these pathogens and differentiate them from non-pathogens, such as Proteus. In the past, time and money was wasted... Read more »
August, 2012
New clean rooms are opened in Springboro, Ohio. Over $2 million is spent on the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will provide culture media to Hardy’s customers in the Midwest and Atlantic Seaboard.
July, 2012
Hardy Diagnostics becomes an authorized distributor of Sartorius, world renowned for its excellent liquid filtering equipment. The Sartorius products are used for the microbial examination of water, sterile fluids, beverages, etc.
May, 2012
Carrot Broth™ and GBS Detect™ sales continue to grow worldwide. The product is now CE marked for sales in Europe. The CDC has included Carrot Broth™ in its recommended procedures for the detection of Group B Strep in pregnant women.
April, 2012
Hardy Diagnostics becomes a certified “Green Business” and is recognized by the County of Santa Barbara, California for its many efforts in preserving our planet for future generations.
March, 2012
The AnaeroGRO™ product line for anaerobes continues to be become more popular with microbiologists. A recent study showed that AnaeroGRO™ outperformed other products on the market.
December, 2011
Hardy Diagnostics employees start a Community Action Committee to give, serve and invest.
December, 2011
The fourth building at the Hardy Diagnostics campus on McCoy Lane in Santa Maria, California is purchased in December. This 21,000 square foot building will be used primarily for storage and future manufacturing. This brings the California headquarters to a total of 100,000 square feet of space.
December, 2011
A new distribution center is completed in December in Albany, New York. This is the eighth warehouse facility that is maintained by Hardy Diagnostics and represents the last one to complete the nationwide network. This network provides rapid and inexpensive ground delivery for the laboratory customers that require fast service.
November, 2011
Robert Meijer is promoted in November to take on the duties of Sales Manager and went on to become Director of Sales and Marketing. He is made responsible for managing the field reps and handling national accounts. Robert has extensive experience in both diagnostic and industrial microbiology from both a sales and manufacturing viewpoint over... Read more »
September, 2011
In September, Hardy Diagnostics acquires the culture media portion of Gibson Laboratories in Lexington, Kentucky. Gibson (owned by Microbiologics) was a major supplier to the veterinary and physician’s office laboratories that serviced over 150 customers.
June, 2011
Hardy joins the social networking revolution with a new fresh look on Facebook.
May, 2011
A new state-of-the-art steam sterilizer is custom designed and purchased from Switzerland. It provides ultra precise controls over the sterilization process for culture media tubes, bags, and bottles.
May, 2011
1,130 square feet is devoted to a new laboratory dedicated exclusively to R&D. This lab features environmentally controlled rooms for carrying out molecular biology studies, as well as traditional microbiology.
April, 2011
HardyCHROM™ MRSA is the newest media to join the family of chromogenic plates. Hardy’s new selective media will detect MRSA within 16 to 24 hours by the production of magenta colonies.
March, 2011
Hardy changes ISO registrars to BSI, a well known accreditation agency. Hardy has now been ISO certified for six years.
February, 2011
The online ordering feature on the Hardy Website is upgraded to include a feature-rich program, so that customers can easily place an order at anytime.
January, 2011
A larger facility is purchased in Springboro, Ohio. The existing distribution center in Ohio is moved to this new 47,000 square foot facility.
October, 2010
The CRITERION™ bottle was completely re-designed to include better seals and a more sturdy opaque plastic bottle.
June, 2010
A new onsite 1,200 square foot gym is provided for the Hardy employees to compliment its “Fit Friendly” workplace philosophy.
May, 2010
The AnaeroGRO™ line of pre-reduced culture media is released in December. AnaeroGRO™, with oxygen-free packaging, is designed especially for the growth of clinically significant obligate anaerobic bacteria.
April, 2010
A new line of products for the molecular biology researcher is created, known as “CulGenex™”, which includes LB Agar and Broth, buffers, salines, and electrophoresis gels.
March, 2010
AloeSure™, the new, safe, natural, and effective hand sanitizer is released for those who want to avoid putting dangerous chemicals on their hands.
February, 2010
Many new products are released from the R&D department, such as: Acinetobacter Media, Rapid Anginosis Kit, Rapid Ornithine Broth, and HardyCHROM™ ESBL.
January, 2010
A new distribution center is opened in Lake City, Florida in order to provide next day service to customers in Georgia and Florida. Now there are seven distribution centers in the nationwide network, providing fast service to Hardy Diagnostics customers.The plate pouring line is automated further with the addition of a robotic bagger and label... Read more »
April, 2009
Hardy purchases Bacti-Lab™, a culture media company in the San Francisco Bay Area that specializes in doctor and vet office microbiology systems. The “Derm-Duet™” and “Sab-Duet™” used for skin fungal cultures become Hardy products.
March, 2009
HUGO™ version 7 is released to keep all customers updated with current technical information.
February, 2009
Hardy Diagnostics is included in the Inc. 5000. Hardy Diagnostics is among the nation’s 5000 fastest growing companies according to Inc. Magazine.
January, 2009
Another Big year kick off for Hardy Diagnostics! New high speed plate pouring equipment is installed, which fills, labels, and bags over 9,000 Petri plates per hour. Comprehensive manufacturing software is implemented to achieve better control over raw material inventory and associated costs. A new lyophilizer is implemented to freeze-dry various solutions, such as rabbit... Read more »
October, 2008
The “Hardy Enterprise Center” (25,000 square feet) is added to the Hardy Diagnostics campus to provide new offices, warehouse, photo studio, cleanrooms, and manufacturing rooms. The Hardy campus now consists of 76,000 square feet of building space in Santa Maria.
June, 2008
Hardy Diagnostics goes green by installing skylights and replacing lighting with energy efficient fluorescents and LED bulbs.
April, 2008
Hardy Diagnostics becomes certified by the American Heart Association as an official “Fit Friendly Workplace” due to its commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles.
March, 2008
Hardy purchases the company, Para Scientific, the leading manufacturer of parasitology filter/funnels.
February, 2008
Alistair Wood, another Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate, assumes the leadership of the Quality Assurance Department.
July, 2007
Hardy Diagnostics’ own formulation, HardyCHROM™ chromogenic media is released for E.coli , Coliforms, Staph , Salmonella , Candida , and UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). Chromogenic culture media helps the microbiologist to identify the bacteria or fungus based on unique colony color.
April, 2007
New powder blending and packaging rooms are completed and equipped with new high volume blending machines.
March, 2007
2007 kicks off as the first Hardy Diagnostics email newsletter called Micro~Bytes is sent to all customers to keep them up-to-date on the latest products and services, while featuring articles of interest for microbiologists.The sixth Distribution Center is opened up in Dallas, Texas to provide next day service to Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. A... Read more »
May, 2006
The HardyVAL™ line of proficiency testing products for hospital pharmacy technicians is introduced and a separate website is launched.
April, 2006
Hardy Diagnostics becomes one of the first to offer ATCC Licensed Derivative® control microorganisms through MicroBioLogics (MBL)
March, 2006
The 6th edition of HUGO™ is launched. This time with close-up color photos showing growth characteristics of bacteria and fungi on Hardy Diagnostics’ media. Later that year, the company surpasses 160 workers.
September, 2005
A new building, the “East Wing”, is completed featuring a new warehouse, offices, conference rooms, break room, and packaging room.
May, 2005
Hardy Diagnostics’ innovative “Carrot Broth™” is studied by multiple hospitals and marketed throughout the U.S. with great success. Carrot Broth™ is used to diagnose Group B Strep infections in pregnant women in order to prevent sepsis in newborns.
March, 2005
The company earns its ISO 13485 Certification for medical devices. ISO is an internationally recognized quality standards certification program. This will provide a welcome boost to foreign and pharmaceutical sales. “Lean Manufacturing” methods are implemented throughout the company as a part of the Continuous Quality Improvement program.
May, 2004
More growing pains; construction of a new 25,000 square foot building on the neighboring lot in Santa Maria begins.
April, 2004
For better coverage of the Midwest and Eastern states a new Distribution Center in Lima, Ohio is successfully opened.
March, 2004
Ryan Burks, a Westmont College graduate and teacher, joins Hardy Diagnostics as a sales administrator and later becomes the Director of Logistics to oversee all six warehouse operations. Hardy Diagnostics is honored by being presented with the “Founder’s Award” from the Santa Maria Valley Economic Development Association. Hardy Diagnostics receives the “Spirit of Small Business”... Read more »
March, 2003
A new Distribution Center is opened in Washington State to complete the “next day” coverage of all the Western states. The company launches a new line of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST) disks. These disks assist the microbiologist in reporting to the physician the most effective antibiotic to treat the patients infection. A company-wide Profit Sharing... Read more »
March, 2002
Hardy Diagnostics begins to market a complete line of diagnostic products for the dairy industry to combat bovine mastitis. Jay buys out his second partner and takes over the management of the entire company in September.  
March, 2001
Sales top $12,000,000. Later that year, HUGO™ technical documents are now available on-line through the Hardy Diagnostics web catalog.
March, 2000
HUGO™ software is released to assist customers with technical information. Hardy Diagnostics is the first in the industry to offer a digital technical manual. Later that year, Hardy Diagnostics launches its first website.  
March, 1999
A dehydrated powder product line is launched, and named CRITERION™. An International marketing effort begins.
March, 1998
Two new distribution centers are opened up; one in Arizona and one in Utah, for better coverage of the Southwest.