Discover New Mexico

It isn't called the 'Enchanted Region' for no reason!

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New Mexico offers a highly skilled and educated workforce, world-class research assets, unparalleled natural beauty and a rich and diverse cultural experience

The Right Touch 

If you’ve ever interacted with a multitouch table or video display wall at a museum, business or other gathering spot, there’s a good chance you’ve touched the work of a New Mexico company. 

Founded in 1999, Ideum Inc. is a digital exhibit development company that has worked on custom exhibit projects for influential museums, Fortune 500 companies, universities, governments and well-known iconic brands. The company’s clients include Amazon, Boeing, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Google, Lockheed Martin, Mercedes-Benz, NASA, NBC Universal, the Smithsonian Institution, Starbucks and Yale University.

The Corrales-based company, founded by Jim Spadaccini, former director of interactive media at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, employs 45 people at a 22,000-square-foot headquarters. In August 2018, Ideum debuted a 5,500-square-foot facility in Corrales that gave it more space to prototype its displays and expand its product line.

Ideum has sold its hardware projects to clients in more than 40 countries. The company works to create exhibits that evoke wonder and surprise, using multitouch tables and touch walls to create visitor-centric interactive experiences that help people better understand products and concepts.

Snow Wonder

New Mexico offers plenty of sunshine and warm weather, but it can also offer cold weather fun, too. The state is a major snow skiing destination and outdoor recreation lover’s dream, thanks to eight alpine and three Nordic ski areas spread throughout the state. 

Popular destinations include Ski Santa Fe, which sits in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and offers 77 trails, and Sandia Peak, the only ski area in the immediate Albuquerque area. Sandia Peak has a summit of more than 10,000 feet.

Taos Ski Valley features 110 trails and a lift-accessible vertical drop of 2,612 feet, while Ski Apache in South Central New Mexico features 50 trails – including 10 suited for beginners.

For more on skiing in New Mexico, visit skinewmexico.com.

That’s the Spirit

When entrepreneur Colin Keegan decided to open a craft distillery in 2010, he found Santa Fe was the ideal location.

Santa Fe Spirits product line includes Silver Coyote Whiskey, Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey, Expedition Vodka, Wheeler’s Gin, Santa Fe Spirits Apple Brandy, Atapiño Liqueur and Slow Burn gin liqueur. 

Many of the ingredients that go into Santa Fe Spirits’ products are grown locally, including nuts harvested from Santa Fe National Forest that are roasted and infused into the two liqueurs. Apples grown in Keegan’s backyard are in the apple brandy. 

Santa Fe Spirits offers tours and tastings. The distillery also offers cocktail classes.

Raise the Steaks

An Illinois company has no beefs with New Mexico.

Stampede Meat in 2018 announced a $36 million investment to upgrade and reopen a vacated Tyson Foods manufacturing plant in Sunland Park. The New Mexico venture, which began operating in December 2018, was Stampede’s first expansion out of its Chicagoland headquarters area.

The company plans to create up to 1,295 new food processing and manufacturing jobs over the next five years.

Stampede Meat is now the No. 1 steak supplier in the U.S., with a customer base that includes restaurants, retailers and food service distributors. The Sunland Park site will allow the company to double production capacity to an eventual target of nearly 400 million pounds each year. The expansion was supported by New Mexico’s closing fund, LEDA, as well as the Job Training Incentive Program known as JTIP.

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Seeing Red

When the Mars lander touched down on the Red Planet in 2018, it brought along some equipment manufactured in New Mexico.

Two large solar panels engineered and manufactured by Albuquerque’s SolAero Technologies Corp. were part of the InSight lander that safely landed in November 2018.

SolAero Technologies has a lengthy history with NASA, working on various near-Earth and deep space projects. Its solar panels have powered the InSight spacecraft ever since it landed on Mars. The panels provide about 600 watts of electricity so that the spacecraft can conduct exploratory work and communicate with Earth. 

SolAero has supported 41 NASA missions over the last 20 years, building solar panels that powered flights to the moon, Mercury, Jupiter and even the sun. The company has 325 employees who work out of Albuquerque’s Sandia Science & Technology Park.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cara Sanders is the digital engagement manager for Livability.com. A graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in public relations and minor in journalism, she has expe... more

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