the keynote address during which he signed
a secretarial order directing Interior agencies to review management and leasing of the
North Slope NPR-A and to conduct a new oil
and gas assessment of the coastal plain of the
Arctic Wildlife Refuge coastal plain.
Mergers and acquisitions are ongoing among
the companies that operate in the Last Frontier; Alaska Business has compiled some of the
notable mergers and acquisitions from 2017.
Chugach Alaska Corporation acquired Rex
Electric and Technologies.
Northern Lights Media, operator of
Anchorage-based K TUU-TV and Channel 2
News, acquired local NBC (K TVF) and CBS (KXD)
Idaho-based Kendall Auto Group bought Cal
Worthington Ford and Lincoln of Anchorage
and Mercedes Benz of Anchorage.
Alaska USA Insurance Brokers sold its
commercial insurance and employee benefits
books of business to Acrisure.
Alaska Air Group Inc. acquired Virgin America.
Delta Leasing purchased substantial North
Slope assets from Mag Tec Alaska.
Hub International Limited acquired the assets
of Denali Alaskan Insurance, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Denali Federal Credit Union.
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
merged services with Alaska Island Community
Bristol Bay Industrial purchased Alaska
GCI and Liberty Interactive Corporation
merged certain assets and liabilities to form GCI
Tesoro acquired Western Refining; following
the acquisition, Tesoro changed its name to
Avitus Group merged with The Growth
Northrim Benefits Group sold substantially all
of its assets to Michigan-based Acrisure.
Solitario Exploration & Royalty Corporation
acquired Zazu Metals Corporation.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. acquired
Throughout Alaska, new businesses have
been founded, new-to-Alaska franchises
have been established, and new locations and
branches of existing companies have been
Alaska Regional Hospital opened a clinic, the
Alaska Regional Community Health Clinic, at
3701 Mountain View Drive in Anchorage.
New company EVENT! Alaska, a professional
meeting and event planning company, opened
at 110 Seward Street in Juneau.
Orangetheory Fitness, a personal training,
interval fitness franchise, opened its first studio
at 345 West 104th Avenue in Anchorage.
The new Clare Swan Early Head Start Center
opened in Anchorage at 800 Northway Drive.
It provides eligible Alaska Native and American
Indian families a safe and supportive learning
environment for children six weeks to three
years of age.
Brooke Sandoval-Banker launched FIRM 49, a
digital marketing firm, in Anchorage.
The Anchorage School Board established
the Anchorage School District’s first S TEM
elementary school at Campbell Elementary.
Global Diving & Salvage added a new office in
Juneau at 13395 Glacier Highway.
Hyatt House Anchorage opened the first Hyatt
Hotel in Alaska, located at 5141 Business Park
The Surgery Center of Wasilla opened on
the rapidly expanding Meridian Park Medical
Campus at 3190 E. Meridian Park Loop in
The Salvation Army established a new
24,000-square-foot Family Store in Eagle River
at 12001 Business Boulevard Unit 3.
RIVR, a new online radio station, launched in
Alaska providing 24 hours of daily streaming
A Subway restaurant opened in Utiaġvik at 1611
Southside Garden Supply, owned by locals
Rob and Julie Martin, opened a new superstore
in Anchorage at 2809 Arctic Boulevard. R
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