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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Lakewood, CO

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Lakewood, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
 Mobile Storage Containers Lakewood, CO
When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Lakewood, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Lakewood, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Lakewood, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Latest News in Lakewood, CO

Lakewood, CO is the #70 Best City to Live in the USA

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Why Lakewood is one of the best cities to live in

Many people don’t know this, but there’s a major federal center located in Lakewood, CO, that provides jobs for more than 8,000 people. One of the most interesting facilities at the Denver Federal Center is the National Ice Core Lab, which stores massive slabs of ice from Antarctica, Greenland and North America. But the lab isn’t the only cool thing about this Denver suburb. Lakewood is one of the best places to live in the U.S. partly because of its strong economy and ample job opportunities. Outdoors enthusiasts with ski passes, art lovers and music fans will all feel right at home in Lakewood, which is Colorado’s fifth biggest city and home to nearly 160,000 residents. All these things combined have awarded Lakewood the certification of an All-America City twice.

What are Lakewoods major industries and employers?

Major employment sectors include federal agencies, education, health care, retail trade, IT and software.

What are the major colleges and universities in Lakewood?

Red Rocks Community College & Colorado Christian University

What is the weather like in Lakewood?

Lakewood residents enjoy all four seasons. With close proximity to I-70, the main highway that delivers locals to some of the state’s best ski resorts, it’s easy to hit the slopes during the winter.

What is there to do outside in Lakewood?

Enjoy an outdoor concert at nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which attracts top-tier talent. Locals also love to climb the stairs and do yoga in this stunning amphitheater surrounded by crimson walls.

Lakewood, CO is Remote-Ready

What makes Lakewood a great place for remote workers?

Lakewood is an economically sound city less than a twenty-minute drive outside of Denver with access to the Rockies. Lakewood’s home and rental prices are slightly higher than the national average. Still, its job market has been steadily increasing, with predictions for it to grow exponentially more in the coming years. In addition, the cost of utilities is below the national average. Visit Lakewood’s Office Evolution coworking location for air conditioning and fast internet.

What Locals Love in Lakewood, CO

What is the best local bookstore in Lakewood?

Grab a thriller or mystery at Rosemary’s Baby Bookstore and then cozy up in one of the many chairs placed in nooks throughout the store.

How do you spend a weekend in Lakewood?

Immerse yourself in the arts on the West Colfax Corridor, which has 20 public art installations, dozens of galleries and multiple performing arts venues.

What can you do for free in Lakewood?

Spend the day at Hayden Park on Green Mountain, which has 2,400 acres of open space and some of the most challenging hiking trails in the area.

Whats the best way to spend happy hour in Lakewood?

Head to Belmar, a dining and entertainment district, for a happy hour or live music. Pro tip: Sync up your calendar with the Summer Cruiser Rides, a fun, monthly group bike ride on Fridays that starts at Belmar.

Whats something only locals know about Lakewood?

Casa Bonita is a Mexican restaurant housed in a pink palace where generations of Coloradans have celebrated childhood birthdays eating sopapillas while cliff divers perform in an indoor lagoon. Wild, right? If this sounds familiar, Casa Bonita was made famous to the rest of the world on an episode of “South Park.” The restaurant is set to reopen with one of Colorado’s most beloved chefs, Dana Rodriguez, taking the helm.

Is Lakewood, CO a good place to live?

A strong job market, easy access to outdoor recreation and a vibrant arts scene make Lakewood a best place to live in Colorado.

Thinking of Moving to Lakewood?

What is the Lakewood, CO Real Estate Market Like?

Just minutes from Denver and the Rocky Mountains and blessed with abundant nearby attractions and over 99 parks, Lakewood, CO real estate is desirable for growing families and young professionals looking to settle in Western U.S. The median list price for homes for sale in Lakewood, CO, is $650K, higher than the national average, but with the current low-interest rates, you can get a lot of house for your money in this west Denver suburb, particularly in areas like Green Mountain Village and Green Gables Reserve. For additional questions, the eXp local real estate agents have life-long knowledge of Loveland, CO.

Quick Facts About Lakewood, CO

Ethylene oxide emissions from Lakewood plant could pose long-term risks to residents, says EPA. What does that mean?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning residents in Lakewood that long-term exposure to a toxic chemical used by a local commercial sterilizing company could significantly increase their lifetime risk of cancer.The alert to residents comes ...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning residents in Lakewood that long-term exposure to a toxic chemical used by a local commercial sterilizing company could significantly increase their lifetime risk of cancer.

The alert to residents comes as the federal agency re-evaluates the potential danger of ethylene oxide, a toxic gas released into the air by Terumo BCT Sterilization Service, Inc., which manufactures products that collect, separate and process blood and other cells.

Ethylene oxide emissions from the Terumo BCT plant in Lakewood are below state and federal pollution limits, but new computer modeling suggests “elevated risks” for residents who live near it and 22 similar sites across the country, EPA officials said.

Those models suggest constant exposure to ethylene oxide emissions from Terumo BCT, even if they’re under current state and federal limits, could lead to an additional 1 to 6 cancer cases among 10,000 people. EPA officials said the agency will propose additional regulations this year to reduce ethylene oxide risks posed by commercial sterilizers.

In a statement, a representative for Terumo BCT said the company is “extremely diligent” in its use of the toxic compound and stressed that the EPA modeling showed potential cancer risks, not confirmed increases of cancer in the community.

“Terumo BCT supports EPA’s nationwide review of [ethylene oxide] use and emission levels and its efforts to engage the community on new risk information. We will continue to provide data and the expertise of our team to assist EPA in its review.”

What is ethylene oxide?

Ethylene oxide is a sweet-smelling, colorless gas that was first manufactured on an industrial scale in 1914. It serves as a raw material for many industrial processes and is used directly as a fungicide, insecticide and a sterilizing compound for medical equipment, according to a history compiled by the American Chemical Society, which notes many of the same characteristics that make it useful also make it dangerous.

The EPA in 2016 classified ethylene oxide as a human carcinogen, a move that triggered it and state environmental regulators to re-examine facilities that used the compound. When the EPA released an updated version of its nationwide assessment on health risks from air pollutants in 2018, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment launched a more thorough investigation of operations at Terumo BCT Sterilization Services.

Computer modeling at the time predicted cancer risks near the plant were above “acceptable” federal levels, said Leah Schleifer, a spokesperson for the state agency. The follow-up investigation “found no evidence that there currently is more cancer in the communities around Terumo BCT than in surrounding areas,” Schleifer said.

The company installed additional controls at the Lakewood plant in 2018, which significantly reduced ethylene oxide emissions, state environmental regulators found. Jessi Done, the senior plant manager for sterilization at the Lakewood site, said the company has also installed another piece of emissions control technology called a catalytic oxidizer that will come online in 2023 and is expected to further reduce emissions.

Research has linked ethylene oxide exposure to lymphoma, leukemia and breast cancer. A 2021 analysis by ProPublica showed roughly a quarter of the nearly 100 commercial sterilizers the EPA regulates have exposed nearby residents to unacceptable cancer risks and found ethylene oxide contributes more to cancer risk than any other toxic air pollutant released by American industry.

CPR News spoke to several long-time residents who live in neighborhoods near Terumo BCT, all of whom declined to give their names, who said they weren’t aware of the plant’s emissions or any of the state or federal government’s efforts to inform the nearby community of potential health risks.

The EPA will hold a community meeting and webinar about ethylene oxide emissions from Terumo BCT on Oct. 25.

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Fire damages townhomes under construction in Lakewood

A home on the south side of the fire ignited from heat exposure. No injuries were reported.LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Firefighters from West Metro Fire (WMF) responded to an early-morning fire Tuesday.Crews were called to the area of West 16th Avenue and Routt Street in Lakewood at about 2 a.m., according to WMF spokesperson Ronda Scholting. That's northeast of West Colfax Avenue and Simms Street.The fire started in a group of townhomes that w...

A home on the south side of the fire ignited from heat exposure. No injuries were reported.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Firefighters from West Metro Fire (WMF) responded to an early-morning fire Tuesday.

Crews were called to the area of West 16th Avenue and Routt Street in Lakewood at about 2 a.m., according to WMF spokesperson Ronda Scholting. That's northeast of West Colfax Avenue and Simms Street.

The fire started in a group of townhomes that were under construction, Scholting said. As of 4 a.m., crews had the fire out and were putting out hot spots, according to Scholting.

The roof of one home on the south side of the fire ignited due to heat exposure, Scholting said. The people inside the home at the time were able to get out and there were no reports of injuries, according to Scholting.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

This is a developing situation. This article will be updated as information is confirmed.

The fire was so hot that radiant heat ignited a home right next to the townhomes, melted siding on another home, melted blinds in an apartment across the street and damaged nearby vehicles. 2/2

— WestMetroFire (@WestMetroFire) July 12, 2022

Our crews on scene of a two alarm structure fire at 16th Ave. & Routt St. in Lakewood. The fire destroyed at least three townhome units under construction and was fully involved when firefighters arrived. Several nearby homes were evacuated for safety. No injuries. 1/2

— WestMetroFire (@WestMetroFire) July 12, 2022

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Embrey Closes on Land Purchase For Luxury Multifamily Residences in Lakewood, CO

LAKEWOOD, Colo. , June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Embrey has closed on the land purchase for Bel Aire, a 354-unit multifamily residential community located near Denver's 40 West Arts District.About nine miles west of Denver, Bel Aire's mid-century modern inspired architecture and interiors come equipped with two top floor lounges, one facing east toward downtown and the other facing west toward the Rocky Mountains. A fully furnished guest suite will also be available for residents and their families. ...

LAKEWOOD, Colo. , June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Embrey has closed on the land purchase for Bel Aire, a 354-unit multifamily residential community located near Denver's 40 West Arts District.

About nine miles west of Denver, Bel Aire's mid-century modern inspired architecture and interiors come equipped with two top floor lounges, one facing east toward downtown and the other facing west toward the Rocky Mountains. A fully furnished guest suite will also be available for residents and their families.

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"Embrey is nationally recognized for developing and building premier multifamily communities," said Jimmy McCloskey, Executive Vice President of Development. "The living experience we are bringing to Bel Aire fits perfectly into Denver's active, outdoor lifestyle."

Planned amenities for the project include a pool and spa with adjacent outdoor cooking space, a bike workshop with bike racks, ski gear lockers, lounge areas, bike workstations, and a bike wash. Other amenities include a spacious clubroom, micro-offices and Wi-Fi lounge; a fitness and yoga center; and a dog park and wash area.

Embrey is known for its attention to detail in its interior living spaces and has designed its residential units with 9- and 10-foot ceilings; inviting kitchens with quartz countertops, and stainless-steel kitchen appliances; and bathrooms with soaking tubs and walk-in showers in select units.

Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2022 with leasing of first residential units expected in the second quarter of 2025.

About Embrey

San Antonio-based Embrey, LLC is a diversified real estate investment company that owns, develops, builds, acquires and manages multifamily and commercial assets in targeted markets across the United States. Since 1974, Embrey has developed more than 43,000 apartments and over 6 million square feet of commercial property. Embrey is a leading developer in the multifamily sector, with more than 6,000 units under construction or in development.


EPA warns Lakewood of potential long-term health risks from medical sterilizing plant

By Matthew Daly/APThe Environmental Protection Agency is warning residents who live near medical sterilizing plants in 13 states and Puerto Rico about potential health risks from emissions of ethylene oxide, a chemical widely used in their operations.Laredo, Texas; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and Lakewood, Colorado, are among the communities facing the highest risk from ethylene oxide emissions, EPA said.The agency has notified 23 commercial sterilizers — 19 in the continental U.S. and four in Puer...

By Matthew Daly/AP

The Environmental Protection Agency is warning residents who live near medical sterilizing plants in 13 states and Puerto Rico about potential health risks from emissions of ethylene oxide, a chemical widely used in their operations.

Laredo, Texas; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and Lakewood, Colorado, are among the communities facing the highest risk from ethylene oxide emissions, EPA said.

The agency has notified 23 commercial sterilizers — 19 in the continental U.S. and four in Puerto Rico — that their operations pose an elevated risk of cancer and other ailments. The notice follows a recent survey of emissions data from almost 100 commercial sterilizers nationwide.

Ethylene oxide is used to clean everything from catheters to syringes, pacemakers and plastic surgical gowns.

While short-term or infrequent exposure to ethylene oxide does not appear to pose a health risk, EPA said long-term or lifetime exposure to the chemical could lead to a variety of health impacts, including lymphoma and breast cancer. EPA said it is working with commercial sterilizers to take appropriate steps to reduce emissions.

“Today, EPA is taking action to ensure communities are informed and engaged in our efforts to address ethylene oxide, a potent air toxic posing serious health risks with long-term exposure,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement Wednesday.

EPA will conduct public outreach campaigns in each of the communities where elevated risks have been found, including an Aug. 10 webinar. More than half the sites on EPA’s watch list are in predominantly minority or low-income communities.

Laredo, one of the communities targeted by the EPA notice, is a border city where the vast majority of residents are Latino and more than a quarter live in poverty. Missouri-based Midwest Sterilization Corp. operates a sterilization plant in Laredo. The company also owns a plant in Jackson, Missouri that is on EPA’s watch list.

More than 40 percent of Laredo’s nearly 70,000 schoolchildren attend campuses in areas with an elevated risk of cancer due to ethylene oxide emissions from the Midwest plant, according to an analysis by ProPublica and the Texas Tribune.

A spokesperson for Midwest declined immediate comment. But the company told ProPublica and the Tribune last December that cancer risk from its Laredo plant is overstated. Emissions it reported to the EPA are “worst case scenarios,” rather than specific pollution levels, the company said.

The Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Association, an industry group, said in a statement that ethylene oxide has been used for decades by the health care community to sterilize a wide variety of medical devices and equipment. More than 20 billion health care products are sterilized each year in the U.S. alone.

In many cases. there are no practical alternatives currently available to ethylene oxide, the group said, adding that use of less effective cleaning methods “could introduce the real risks of increased morbidity and mortality″ at hospitals throughout the country.

EPA called medical sterilization “a critical function that ensures a safe supply of medical devices for patients and hospitals.″ The agency said it is committed to addressing pollution concerns associated with EO, sometimes called EtO, “in a comprehensive way that ensures facilities can operate safely in communities while also providing sterilized medical supplies.″

Proposed rules to update control of air toxic emissions from commercial sterilizers and facilities that manufacture EtO are expected by the end of the year, with final rules likely next year, EPA said.

Scott Whitaker, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, another industry group, applauded EPA “for its forthrightness about what it does and doesn’t know” about EtO, but added: “It’s critical that the EPA get this right.″

A potential shutdown of medical-device sterilization facilities “due to misinformed political pressure, as well as uncertainty regarding which regulations the facilities must adhere to .... would be disastrous to public health,″ Whitaker said in email.

At least seven sterilizers on EPA’s watch list are AdvaMed members, including both Midwest plants and two owned by industry giant Becton, Dickinson and Co., also known as BD.

Besides medical cleansers, EtO is used in a range of products, including antifreeze, textiles, plastics, detergents and adhesives. It also used to decontaminate some food products and spices. Two of the 23 facilities targeted by EPA — in Hanover and Jessup, Maryland — are used to sterilize spices. Both are operated by Jessup-based Elite Spice.

Other commercial sterilizers cited by EPA are located in Groveland, Fla.; Salisbury, Md.; Taunton Mass.; Columbus, Nebraska; Linden and Franklin, New Jersey; Erie and Zelienople, Pa.; Memphis and New Tazewell, Tenn.; Athens, Texas; Sandy Utah; and Richmond Virginia.

Four plants are in Puerto Rico's Anasco, Fajardo, Salinas and Villalba communities.

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