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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. Glendale, AZ 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 Glendale, AZ
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 Glendale, AZ, 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 Glendale, AZ, 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 Glendale, AZ. 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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6-week convergence of major sporting events could make Arizona betting capital of the world

PHOENIX – Arizona is gearing up for a sports year like no other, and odds are the state will become the sports betting capital of the world, at least for a few weeks.The Valley plays host to a national semifinal in the College Football Playoff at the Fiesta Bowl Dec. 31 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Then Super Bowl LVII comes to the same stadium Feb. 12, 2023. Finally, the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament unfolds at TPC Scottsdale Feb. 10-12 during Super Bowl week.Through it all, hundreds of thousands of...

PHOENIX – Arizona is gearing up for a sports year like no other, and odds are the state will become the sports betting capital of the world, at least for a few weeks.

The Valley plays host to a national semifinal in the College Football Playoff at the Fiesta Bowl Dec. 31 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Then Super Bowl LVII comes to the same stadium Feb. 12, 2023. Finally, the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament unfolds at TPC Scottsdale Feb. 10-12 during Super Bowl week.

Through it all, hundreds of thousands of fans – and bettors – will descend on the Valley.

Add to the mix the ones that are already here, and the impact could be staggering. In the state’s first year of legalized gambling, Arizonans wagered nearly $4.8 billion, according to a report released by the Arizona Department of Gaming. The state was the second fastest in the nation to reach a billion dollars in total wagers, behind New York.

Arizona now has 25 sportsbooks, which includes those at bars and restaurants. Options during the state’s two weeks of high-profile sporting events will be plentiful.

“I think it’s a really exciting sports year ahead,” said Chris Jones, the vice president of communications at FanDuel. “I think, from a sporting perspective, there’s a lot that will be going on inside the state. We need to stay humble and stay focused on building the business, ensuring we are growing at a pace and speed that makes sense, and is sustainable.”

While those events will take place in Glendale and Scottsdale, the Super Bowl’s signature fan festivities are planned for Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix, a short walk from the Footprint Center. And all three of the major events bring thousands of visitors to downtown hotels and restaurants.

On Sept. 9 of last year, FanDuel, the web-based sports gambling and fantasy operation, announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art brick-and-mortar FanDuel Retail Sportsbook at Footprint Center, home to the Phoenix Suns and Mercury.

A little more than one year after opening, the company is poised for what could be a gigantic leap forward with several major sporting events coming to the area.

The 7,400-square foot sportsbook is located on the north side of the Footprint Center and features 4o televisions, 26 betting kiosks, a full-service bar and food options.

More than $14.4 million was wagered at the Footprint Center location’s betting kiosks between September and December of 2021, according to wagering reports from the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG). In the latest June 2022 revenue report, FanDuel topped $2.3 million in gross receipts. For context, the Caesars retail sportsbook outside of Chase Field grossed $331,583.

Although the retail portion of FanDuel is a pivotal segment of the business, the mobile side utilizing FanDuel’s app makes up an even larger percentage of Arizona’s betting landscape. The company has successfully executed on both sides of its business.

Calli Varner, the editor and senior correspondent for, said several factors came together to explain the company’s early success.

“I think it’s location, strategy and luck,” Varner said. “I think FanDuel was very smart when they marketed and partnered with the Phoenix Suns and built it in the Footprint Center. I mean, they launched right away, and they were able to have that sportsbook be one of the first to open as well.”

The Arizona sports gambling scene continuing to expand, including the grand opening in September of the BetMGM sportsbook outside of State Farm Stadium, which the NFL Cardinals call home. TPC Scottsdale is expected to open a DraftKings site in 2023.

FanDuel has employed an ever-growing media strategy that focuses on the entertainment value of sports wagering.

“FanDuel really wants this to be a form of entertainment,” Jones said. “We understand that this is the area that enhances someone’s enjoyment of the game. It certainly enhances engagement and viewership of games.”

The last time Arizona hosted the Super Bowl back in 2015, it was the most profitable game in Super Bowl history. The game created a $700 million economic impact in the Valley, according to research conducted by Arizona State’s W.P. Carey School of business, and blew away numbers from the previous two times Arizona played host to the Super Bowl.

Keep in mind that, in 2015, the Waste Management Open was played during the same week. Add the Fiesta Bowl’s national semifinal on the last day of 2022 to the already jam-packed Open and Super Bowl, and Arizona is locked in for what could be the most significant economic few weeks in the state’s history.

FTB: Coyotes have seven months to wait

Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans!The Maple Leafs are great, and are heading into their game against the Vegas Golden Knights tonight riding a three game win streak. There isn’t much news in Leafs land, but we did get some news about everyone’s favourite team to pick on, the Arizona Coyotes. The Tempe City Council will meet on Thursday, Nov. 10, to consider a resolution that would reserve a spot on the county’s May 2023 Special Election ballot ...

Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans!

The Maple Leafs are great, and are heading into their game against the Vegas Golden Knights tonight riding a three game win streak. There isn’t much news in Leafs land, but we did get some news about everyone’s favourite team to pick on, the Arizona Coyotes.

The Tempe City Council will meet on Thursday, Nov. 10, to consider a resolution that would reserve a spot on the county’s May 2023 Special Election ballot regarding a proposed hockey arena and entertainment district. Read more: #tempe #ourtempe #azcoyotes

— City of Tempe, AZ (@Tempegov) November 8, 2022

There will be a city council meeting on Thursday night to vote on putting the proposed new home of the Coyotes on a referendum ballot, with the vote to be held in May 2023. This is a move I support. All big civic projects like arena or stadium complexes should be voted on by the citizens of the city. No more backroom deals with councils and governments to build playthings for billionaires.

No public money should be going into projects that don’t benefit the public. Putting billions of dollars into arenas where the tenant gets the benefits and none of the cost is a drastic misuse of finds, and right now especially. Right now real people need help more than ever. Sports team owners don’t need a single finger lifted to help them, but they’re still trying to bleed cities, states, provinces dry of much needed public money.

As well, if a mayor were to stand up to the owners, not wanting to dump public money into the hands of the wealthy, the scammers will try and set entrap them to get them out of office.

The Tempe City Council has my full support over this move, and I hope they see great turnout so the citizens can have their say about how they want their money spent.

A final note, the current majority owners of the Coyotes, Alex Meruelo & Andrew Barroway are worth a combined $15 billion. I think they can swing some financing on their own.

Now, some more news.

So, who is this new guy?

Things got desperate in Washington as their leadership core is all out. Welcome alternate captain Trevor van Riemsdyk!

No Carlson, Orlov, Backstrom, Oshie, Wilson, who have all worn A's

— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) November 8, 2022

Despite that, they still beat the Oilers 5-4. Also the player they stole from the Leafs last week was having fun:

Things dropped by Nicolas Aube-Kubel:- The Stanley Cup- Evander Kane

— Hockey Players With Animals (And Other Chaos) (@animalsofhockey) November 8, 2022

Leafs prospects are out there scoring goals:

#LeafsForever prospect Dmitri Ovchinnikov scored his 2nd goal of the season, a bit of a lucky bounce but quick reaction to get a stick on the loose puck in his feet before the goalie even knew what happened. He has 2 goals and 2 assists in 29 KHL

— More like Nikita GREATbyonkin (@brigstew86) November 7, 2022

Enjoy your day everyone!

Developers want to bring residents, new retail to stagnant Glendale downtown with new project

The historic, former Gaslight Inn boutique hotel in downtown Glendale is being repurposed for housing, a brewery and a retail store or restaurant.The property, now called the Gaslight Building, had sat vacant for years after the former two-story hotel closed down and the structure was damaged due to a car wreck in 2017, the Daily Independent reported.In February, SES 159 LLC, an entit...

The historic, former Gaslight Inn boutique hotel in downtown Glendale is being repurposed for housing, a brewery and a retail store or restaurant.

The property, now called the Gaslight Building, had sat vacant for years after the former two-story hotel closed down and the structure was damaged due to a car wreck in 2017, the Daily Independent reported.

In February, SES 159 LLC, an entity connected to Ray Beck, purchased the building for $550,000, or about .25 acres with the addresses 5743-5753 and 5747 W. Glendale Ave. The property is located just southeast of the Glendale City Hall campus near Grand Avenue.

The lender is listed as 119 Mesa LLC, an entity connected to Michael Starkle with Phoenix-based Timepiece Capital Inc., according to real estate database Vizzda.

The new owners, who are investors, purchased the building from the previous owners, the Outzens, "in a condition of uninhabitable disrepair with the commitment to redevelop the property and attract new tenancy to downtown Glendale," a city report said in September.

Now, the property has secured its first tenant, Simple Machine Brewing Co., which will occupy about 3,500 square feet of space in the first floor with a new brewery and bar, which is scheduled to open before the Super Bowl in 2023. This leaves about 2,900 square feet of available retail or restaurant space.

"We're really trying to target a restaurant because the brewery doesn't offer food, so I think they'd really love to see someone to collaborate with," said Matt Harper, a managing director for NAI Horizon, who represented the landlord in the lease.

The Glendale spot will be Simple Machine Brewing's second Valley location. If first opened in north Phoenix in 2019.

In addition, the new owner of the property has also turned the former hotel into 11 new studio or one-bedroom apartments. Harper said these units already have a waiting list for new residents and that people could start moving in by early next year. The property owners have also worked on projects in downtown Mesa, Harper said.

"That was before downtown Mesa really became what it is today, so I think we're in the very early stages of hopefully, something very similar to what happened with Mesa," Harper said. "This property is a big piece for downtown Glendale."

The city of Glendale has in recent months started a $72 million redevelopment of its downtown civic center campus, as well as the Murphy Park and outdoor amphitheater. The city has also been marketing vacant buildings or properties for potential redevelopment opportunities to help revitalize its downtown area, which has more than 150 independently owned shops, boutiques, restaurants and services.

The city of Glendale in September approved reimbursing 119 Mesa up to $100,000 to improve the city's right-of-way in conjunction with redevelopment of the facility.

Mullett arena era begins as Coyotes eye new development in Tempe

The Arizona Coyotes are in one of the more unique situations in professional sports: The NHL team will be sharing Mullett Arena with ASU for at least the next three seasons.The shared facility is a result of a sour relationship between the city of Glendale and the franchise. The Coyotes, who relocated to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996, started playing at Gila River Arena in Glendale in 2003. After years of financial woes, the proverbial nail in the coffin came in 2021 when the city said the team's year-to-year lease would not be renewe...

The Arizona Coyotes are in one of the more unique situations in professional sports: The NHL team will be sharing Mullett Arena with ASU for at least the next three seasons.

The shared facility is a result of a sour relationship between the city of Glendale and the franchise. The Coyotes, who relocated to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996, started playing at Gila River Arena in Glendale in 2003. After years of financial woes, the proverbial nail in the coffin came in 2021 when the city said the team's year-to-year lease would not be renewed.

Now, after almost being locked out of their own arena last December, the Coyotes will be on ASU's Tempe campus until at least 2024. There's no denying the awkwardness of the relationship that seemed to be made out of necessity, not a choice.

"We are glad that we were able to come to an agreement to provide the Coyotes with a temporary home while their new arena is built just a few miles away," said Morgan Olsen, ASU's executive vice president, treasurer and CFO, in an email. "Our new multipurpose arena also will benefit from the addition of pro-level touches that will be paid for by the Coyotes but will remain with our building after they leave."

The Coyotes are playing in an arena one-third the size of the smallest NHL venue, the Canada Life Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets, that has a capacity of 15,321. Mullett Arena seats 5,000.

Last September, the Coyotes revealed a $1.7 billion proposal to build a new venue that would end their long-standing housing issues. The proposal has been met with some resistance, with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport objecting to the construction of residential units included in the proposal.

Tempe City Council will meet Thursday to consider a resolution that would save a spot on Maricopa County's May 2023 special election ballot regarding the proposed hockey arena and entertainment district. If Tempe City Council passes the resolution, it would indicate the city's approval of the project.

The relationship between the Coyotes and ASU

The stark differences between a professional and college sports team have been the main talking point of critics of the deal. The facilities, which were built separately due to NCAA compliance rules, have been a source of similar criticism. The locker rooms for NHL teams, called the annex, are under construction until December. Visiting teams use makeshift locker rooms far from the quality professional clubs are used to.

We got a first look at the temporary visiting team spaces (dressing room, training areas, etc.) for the first 4 NHL games at Mullett Arena!The annex is being built and expected to be ready in December.Full discussion: show:

— PHNX Coyotes (@PHNX_Coyotes) October 26, 2022

As for the actual ice and arena itself, Coyote players have offered up a positive outlook.

"It's a fun place to play," said Coyotes forward Christian Fischer following the team's first game. "A lot of noise about the outside and all the details of it. Play at a hockey game, it's loud and fans are cheering for us. That's all we care about ... Cool little rink."

ASU and the Coyotes have come to a revenue-split agreement: The Coyotes will keep their ticket sales and merchandise revenue while the school gets revenue from parking, naming rights and sponsorship. The two split the revenue from concessions and gameday sponsorships.

The new venue proposal

The Coyotes' $1.7 billion proposal includes plans to build on a 46-acre lot next to Tempe Town Lake that would feature 1,600 apartments, the arena and an entertainment district.

The team said the deal will be funded by private investors. There are additional costs of $200 million the Coyotes said they hope will be financed from city sales taxes that are expected to be generated from the site.

The lot of land is off Priest Drive and Rio Salado Parkway about two miles from Sky Harbor Airport.

But a recent objection from Sky Harbor has raised tension around the proposal.

"The Airport does object to the project's proposed residential development, which would place up to 2,100 residential units directly under a flight path which was designed to spare Tempe residents from the effects of aircraft noise," said Sky Harbor Deputy Aviation Director Julie Rodriguez in an email. "Including residential in this development would violate an intergovernmental agreement between the Cities of Phoenix and Tempe."

Sky Harbor claims the proposed build site would break a 1994 agreement between Phoenix and Tempe. In the agreement, there are rules on how close housing can be to an airport. The intergovernmental agreement is meant to protect residents from "high-noise areas."

As reported by The Arizona Republic, Tempe Planning Director Ryan Levesque said there have been over 400 apartments built in high-noise areas with no objection from Sky Harbor.

"Ryan Levesque's comment is not specific enough for us to comment on. We have no record of Tempe staff notifying airport management of a related planned development in the High Noise Contour as they are required to do," Rodriguez said in the email.

In early October, Sky Harbor sent out fliers to households all throughout the area objecting to the proposal.

"As Mayor of Tempe, I reject this alarmist tactic," Tempe Mayor Corey Woods wrote on Oct. 6. "Our region is known for collaboration and responsible action. It is unprecedented for a neighboring city to stuff mailboxes with its opinion about an unapproved development project."

Edited by Piper Hansen, Wyatt Myskow and Kristen Apolline Castillo.

Behind the deal: Why Nestle picked Arizona for its manufacturing plant

Food giant Nestle USA revealed its plans earlier this year to build a 630,000-square-foot food and beverage manufacturing plant in the Phoenix metro.The famous brand said it will invest $675 million and bring 350 new jobs to the Glendale area with its plant, which will produce creamers for Coffee Mate, Coffee Mate Natural Bliss and Starbucks brands.The announcement came after Nestle ...

Food giant Nestle USA revealed its plans earlier this year to build a 630,000-square-foot food and beverage manufacturing plant in the Phoenix metro.

The famous brand said it will invest $675 million and bring 350 new jobs to the Glendale area with its plant, which will produce creamers for Coffee Mate, Coffee Mate Natural Bliss and Starbucks brands.

The announcement came after Nestle purchased about 150 acres in 2021 between Northern Avenue and Northern Parkway near Reems Road at the Woolf Logistics Center, a 1,340-acre industrial park known for attracting beverage makers.

The project received support from Gov. Doug Ducey and is one of the biggest investments announced this year for Glendale, which has already landed millions of square feet in industrial projects, including manufacturers Mark Anthony Brewing, the maker of White Claw, and Rauch North America Inc.

Both the city and Maricopa County also gave their support to create a Foreign Trade Zone site on Nestle's property, which is a popular way for Valley cities to attract business and could qualify Nestle's site for a 71% annual reduction in property taxes. The Arizona Commerce Authority said Nestle could also receive $7 million in state incentives for investment and job creation.

Many economic development projects are announced long after the companies begin their initial search for a property that best fits their needs for a new facility, as was the case for Nestle, according to public records recently obtained by the Phoenix Business Journal.

Before its announcement, Nestle had been searching for a site in multiple states for a few months before picking Glendale. City economic development leaders also hosted company executives multiple times and pitched its current employers, infrastructure and the city and West Valley's growth, businesses, costs, education and workforce to try to win the company over.

Nestle said it already had a presence in Arizona with Nestle Purina Pet Care and Nespresso. Its other beverage factories are located in central areas for its Midwest, East Coast and Southeast customers.

"While we considered other locations, ultimately Glendale offered a strong opportunity for investment and growth, given its proximity to our West Coast customers, business environment, and availability of a skilled workforce," a Nestle spokesperson said in an email.

Construction on the facility started this year, and production is set to start in 2024, the company said. Boldt is the general contractor.

Through codename Project Raven, Nestle started its formal search for its new manufacturing facility in Arizona in February 2021, according to redacted public records obtained from the city of Glendale.

The Arizona Commerce Authority and Greater Phoenix Economic Council assisted in the process and contacted Arizona municipalities with specific requirements the company needed, including rail served property being “an absolute must.”

Nestle also provided its initial proposal and perimeters for its new plant, which included a 400,000 square-foot facility with room for future expansion on 75 acres, 220 phase one jobs with an average wage of $45,000 and a capital investment of $450 million.

Nestle's initial utility and infrastructure needs included 30-foot clearance with heavy industrial zoning and utility availability by Q2 2022. Its power requirement would also total 23 megawatts by 2026 at full build-out.

Food and beverage manufacturers also have to secure a lot of water resources for their facilities. Nestle listed its initial requirements for water demand as an average of 1.5 million gallons of water use per day or a maximum of 2.3 million gallons per day, or between 547.5 million and 839.5 million gallons annually. This is equal to average annual water use of 5,040 or 7,728 Arizona homes.

Its average wastewater use was listed between 1.2 million to 2 million gallons per day, or about 438 million to 720 million gallons annually. By March of 2022, the city's economic development director told council members that the facility's water use would require 768,000 gallons per day on average by 2026 and require 1.5 million gallons of water per day during the summers.

In response to the proposal, the city of Glendale pitched the Woolf Logistics Center, which is provided utilities through Arizona Public Service, existing agricultural wells and Canada-based Epcor. Documents said the Woolf Logistics Center contains 14 wells that provide a "unique water source for users" with heavy water demand and that the site is also within the Maricopa Water district, which allows for access to Central Arizona Project, or Colorado River water.

By March of 2021, the ACA informed Glendale that Nestle wanted to move forward with a "brief field investigation" of the Woolf Logistics site, or a one-hour virtual tour including the property, rail, utility and zoning/permitting representatives.

The site is also located near transportation links such as Northern Parkway, the Loops 101 and 303 and Interstate 10, giving it convenient access to the Phoenix metro, California and Mexico, documents said. Companies like Bechtel and Rauch also shared their experiences operating in Glendale, while technical universities and community colleges and recruiting agencies also spoke with the company about labor costs and talent pipeline.

The city and ACA gave in-person tours to Nestle executives and its representatives in April and May, which included representatives from the city of Glendale, utility providers, environmental permitting, the site owner, Epcor, Southwest Gas, and Maricopa County. Following the April 2021 visit, the company's consultant raised questions over the project's 120-foot clear height requirement for part of the facility, timing of utilities, quality of water, financial contributions for wastewater and costs of obtaining water rights in addition to Colorado River concerns.

The city said in an email in April 2021 that its four and half-hour meeting with Nestle started off "rocky" and that the company was more critical than expected but said the meeting improved after all the utilities and BNSF presented and ended well with a driving and walking tour of the site.

"Just learned this morning that they had visited/received info from the New Mexico site (our competition) and learned that there were millions of dollars in utility infrastructure costs that were 'sprung on them' during the meeting, which is why they came in a bit more aggressive with us," the city's development services director said in an email to other city staff. "They felt that the other site had been less than honest and didn't want to get duped. This is also why Woolf has moved to a top choice, if we can resolve the height issues with [Luke Air Force Base]."

By May of 2021, the ACA informed Glendale that the Woolf Logistics site was a finalist for the company's project and asked city executives to highlight Glendale and the surrounding region as a "prime location," to give an overview of the community and the site's location within it, where the talent lives, location of similar employers, commuting patterns, access to the commercial airport, academic institutions focused on developing manufacturing technicians and operators and an overview of the business and living environment.

“Well done and excited to see this project progress to this stage and ultimately win the opportunity for the city, region and state," the ACA said in an email to city leaders in 2021. The ACA had also said that Glendale was the only Arizona site to make the shortlist for Nestle.

The city said in an email in mid-May that the final tour with executives "went well" and that Nestle had made an offer on the site, increased their footprint "substantially" and were pushing for more incentives. In another email, the city said the site selector was "very demanding" and "wants very high incentives."

In a letter sent to the consultant for Nestle, Chicago-based Deloitte Consultant, in June 2021, the ACA estimated that the incentives potentially available for the project over 10 years totaled about $88.7 million between the qualified facility tax program, Foreign Trade Zone designation, Arizona Additional Depreciation Program, the Transaction Privilege Tax Exemptions for manufacturing firms and others. These numbers were based on the former project proposal of 446 new full-time jobs with average annual wages at $48,000 and an investment of $529.3 million.

In late June and early July, the company had scheduled a pre-application meeting for its facility with the city of Glendale, months before the company announced plans to build its factory on the site, and hired an architect and design team.

In the pre-application, the company said the manufacturing facility will ultimately be expanded to a total of eight lines with an expected total area of 700,000 square feet and include offices, quality testing facilities, utilities support, dry and liquid ingredient receiving and storage and more.

A 213,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center, the second phase of the facility, is also expected to support the manufacturing lines and use an automated robotic storage and retrieval system. The facility is anticipated to use multiple shifts seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the application said.

In February 2022, the company said it was preparing the application process for incentives programs identified during its site selection process, including the qualified facility tax credit program, APS line extension reimbursement, street development impact fee credit for arterial roadway and fast track permitting fee waiver.

Hiring for the facility was expected to start in the summer of 2022 and continue throughout 2023. The ACA previously said Nestle has invested nearly $3 billion to expand its manufacturing footprint and in-house capabilities.


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