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Sen. Bryan to be on hand for grand opening

Holly Atchison

The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Alta Diagnostics will be Aug. 9 at 3:30 p.m.

On hand will be the owners of the new business Donald and Judith Feeley and Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nevada.

Alta Diagnostics was assisted with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture rural development with a $1.28 million loan from Comstock Bank.

According to Donald, Alta Diagnostics distributes controls and standards to medical laboratories and clinics throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

These controls are used in hospitals to make sure machines are running properly. They are used in instances such as blood tests, urine samples and spinal taps, Donald explained. Before the tests are run, the control is run through the machine to make sure it is producing accurate results.

Currently, Alta Diagnostics’ new building in the Carson Valley Business Park only contains the sales and shipping departments, Donald said.

“We are in the process of consolidating everything into one building so most of the rooms are empty,” he said. “It’ll be next spring before we get manufacturing and R and D (research and development) labs set up.

“Once we get manufacturing set up, we’ll be getting new products onto the market and we’ll be expanding into Europe.”

The Feeleys relocated their business to Minden in early June, coming from Lake Forest, Calif.

“My wife and I spent part of our honeymoon up here 30 years ago,” Donald said, “and it’s been in the back of our minds to live in this area. “It’s sort of a dream come true to be able to move the business up here.

“We think this is the greatest spot in the whole United States to live. We are just absolutely ecstatic about it. People up here are so friendly and so nice.”

Donald told a story of his neighbor who lost his house due to a fire last year and just recently moved into the rebuilt house. The neighbor told him if it wasn’t for all the help from everyone in the neighborhood, they would have never been able to do it.

“You just don’t find that in big cities,” he said.

The Feeleys will be moving into their new house in the Johnson Lane area this week. They have a son, Michael, who will be going to college in the area and working at Alta Diagnostics full-time, and a daughter, Michelle, who is a first grade teacher in Dana Point, Calif.

The public is invited to the ceremony next weekend. Alta Diagnostic is located at 2555 Business Parkway in Johnson Lane area.