For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                   


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Beverlee J. McClure, President & CEO, ACI

Phone: 505.842.0644




ACI Announces Economic Gardening Program Participants


(Albuquerque, October 30, 2012) — The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) is proud to announce that ten small businesses from Albuquerque, Las Cruces and San Juan County have been selected to participate in the New Mexico Economic Gardening Pilot Program.  ACI, in partnership with Lovelace Health System and PNM, announced the program’s launch in August.


“We’re excited to offer the opportunity for these ten New Mexico small businesses to take advantage of customized business counseling so they can grow their businesses and create jobs in their communities.  We are grateful for the generosity of PNM and Lovelace for underwriting this program,” said Beverlee McClure, President & CEO of ACI.


Aztec Machine & Repair, Inc., Farmington

A 22-employee company which specializes in machine shop services, manufacturing, fabrication, and hydraulic repair and sales.


Coas Books, Inc., Las Cruces

A second-generation company which employs 29 employees. The company buys, sells, and trades used books, records, videos and carries new books from local authors.


Monsterslayer, Inc., Kirtland

A woman-owned business which employs 10 people and specializes in selling supplies to make jewelry from sheet and wires. The company also specializes in finding different metals to use in the jewelry making process.


Premier Transportation

One of the state’s largest non-emergency medical transportation service companies headquartered in Las Cruces. The company serves all counties throughout New Mexico.


RIEtech Global, LLC, Albuquerque

This company manufactures precise one-, two-, and three-axis rotational positioning systems that are primarily used in defense, homeland security, and industry safety. The company employs 32 people.


RoofCare, Albuquerque

A roofing contractor who employs 37 people and provide high quality roof repair, maintenance, and renovation services.  The company services commercial and governmental clients throughout New Mexico and West Texas with branch offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and El Paso, as well as representatives in Las Cruces and Roswell.  They specialize in cost-efficient and green alternative roof replacement.


Sage Technology Partners, Albuquerque

This 12-employee company specializes in providing comprehensive and proactive methods that work to secure an organization’s technology needs and information security. The researchers at Sage develop world-class software in Digital Forensics, Information Security Assessment, Managed Security Monitoring and Information Technology Services.



Silverado Homes, Albuquerque

This woman-owned company manufactures soft goods such as bedding, pillows, throws, tabletop covers. They sell to stores, catalogs and Internet sites.  The company employs 16 people.


Sunspot Solar Energy Systems, LLC, Las Cruces

A native-American owned company employing 12 people. The company installs solar PV systems for both residential and commercial applications.


X8e Vinyard, Albuquerque

This company specializes in environmental consulting and engineering, as well as geotechnical investigations, geosciences, and construction materials testing.  The company employs 24 people.



In August 2012, ACI, PNM and Lovelace Health System launched the state’s first ”Economic Gardening” pilot program designed to help existing New Mexico companies grow. ACI is working in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation and the National Center for Economic Gardening on this program. The City of Las Cruces and the Four Corners Economic Development Corporation are partners in the pilot program.


Participating companies will have access to a team of highly skilled business specialists who will dedicate about 36 hours to each company, assisting with growth challenges.


Thanks to PNM and Lovelace Health System the program is free to selected qualifying companies. To be eligible for the program, applicants must:

  • Be a for-profit, privately-held company that has been headquartered in New Mexico for at least the past two years.
  • Generate annual revenue between $500,000 and $50 million.
  • Employ between 8 and 99 full-time employees.
  • Demonstrate growth in either employment and/or revenue during two of the past five years.


About Lovelace Health System:

Lovelace Health System consists of Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital, Lovelace Women’s Hospital, Lovelace Westside Hospital, Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell, and the Lovelace Health Plan offering health insurance to 240,000 New Mexicans with access to a wide range of health care providers and specialists across New Mexico, and 11 retail pharmacy locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe.


About PNM:

With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving more than 500,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state.  PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque.  For more information, visit


About the Edward Lowe Foundation and NCEG:

The Edward Lowe Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship through research, recognition and educational programs, which are delivered through entrepreneur support organizations.  The National Center for Economic Gardening (NCEG) is a partnership between the foundation and Chris Gibbons, who originated the concept of economic gardening.  NCEG delivers economic gardening services and maintains national standards in training and certification for both regional and statewide networks.  For more info, visit