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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Scottsdale, AZ

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. Scottsdale, 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:

Storage Containers Scottsdale, AZ

NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

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.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

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.

CUSTOM STORAGE

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.

LOCAL MOVE

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.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

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.

MOVING & STORAGE

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.

OFFICE USE

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.

BUSINESS USE

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

CUSTOM USE

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.
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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.

 Rent Storage Containers Scottsdale, AZ

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.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Scottsdale, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

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.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Scottsdale, AZ

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.

 Storage Containers For Rent Scottsdale, AZ

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.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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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.
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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.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Scottsdale, AZ

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.

 Rent Shipping Containers Scottsdale, AZ

HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

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 Scottsdale, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Scottsdale, AZ

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 Scottsdale, 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.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

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.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Scottsdale, 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.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

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.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

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.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

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.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Scottsdale, AZ?

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Caliber will develop 100-acre The Riverwalk project near Scottsdale

Caliber, a fully integrated alternative asset manager and Opportunity Zone investor today announced the purchase of the lease rights for 100 acres of land to begin developing The Riverwalk Development project, located in ...

Caliber, a fully integrated alternative asset manager and Opportunity Zone investor today announced the purchase of the lease rights for 100 acres of land to begin developing The Riverwalk Development project, located in the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC).

The proposed Riverwalk property is located alongside the 101 Freeway from Talking Stick Way on the south to Via de Ventura on the north in a Qualified Opportunity Zone. Current plans include splitting the almost 100 acres into seven parcels where mixed-use entertainment, retail, restaurants, hotels, event venues and immersive art attractions will be featured. The land lease includes the underlying leases for the existing Hampton Inn and Topgolf entertainment venue.

Approximately 78 acres of the project will be one of the first investments by Caliber’s Tax Advantaged Opportunity Zone Fund II, LLC, a $250 million equity fund targeted to invest in a diversified portfolio of real estate properties and real estate-related equity investments in select opportunity zones located in high-growth markets across the Southwest U.S. This fund also seeks to provide equity for vertical development on this site, in partnership with developers or for Caliber sponsored developments.

“This is a terrific opportunity to develop a premier entertainment and multi-use destination in Scottsdale, working closely with the SRPMIC,” said Chris Loeffler, Chief Executive Officer of Caliber. “Investing in opportunity zones enables us to create compelling community impact while also delivering attractive returns and tax savings for our investors.”

Jim Riggs, partner at Platinum Advisors, LLC, worked for four years to obtain the right to purchase the land lease. Riggs saw Caliber as an investor and potential partner because of its expertise in developing projects within qualified opportunity zones as well as its extensive experience with mixed-use projects. Platinum Advisors, LLC and Caliber Realty Group, LLC represented Caliber as the buyers’ broker on the project.

“Caliber was my first call when the land was secured because of their experience and reputation,” said Riggs.

“This area will become the epicenter of entertainment for all age groups in Scottsdale and one of the top visited areas in the state once this development is complete,” said Chris Camacho, President of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC).

In addition to the Talking Stick Casino and the Topgolf venue, The Riverwalk development is located near the Talking Stick Fields and Pavilions retail shopping center. With easy accessibility from the entire Valley as well as local resorts, Camacho believes this Development will become a prime location for people seeking a variety of fun experiences.

Caliber was one of the first firms in the country to create a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (QOF) and, today, is among the top 7% of QOF managers ranked by equity amounts raised according to Novogradac Opportunity Zones Investment Report. QOFs offer investors the ability to reduce and eliminate short and long-term capital gains tax liabilities by investing in a professionally managed real estate fund and completing new developments that are impactful to the designated communities within each zone.

Created in late 2017 as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, these funds help stimulate economic growth in distressed communities across the country. Investors who hold the fund longer than 10 years will receive their capital gains from the growth of their QOF investment tax-free.

Among the Saguaros: Scottsdale, Arizona

Horseback riding, desert hiking, and a flourishing wine and culinary scene await.I recently visited Scottsdale, Arizona, and fell in love with the city’s relaxed vibe and natural connection to the Sonoran Desert.With the variety of things to do, sights to see and places to eat, it was easy to imagine staying beyond a few days and living the desert life.The quickest way to get to Scottsdale is to f...

Horseback riding, desert hiking, and a flourishing wine and culinary scene await.

I recently visited Scottsdale, Arizona, and fell in love with the city’s relaxed vibe and natural connection to the Sonoran Desert.

With the variety of things to do, sights to see and places to eat, it was easy to imagine staying beyond a few days and living the desert life.

The quickest way to get to Scottsdale is to fly from San Diego to Phoenix. If you prefer to drive, settle in for a 6-hour road trip through California and Arizona.

I stayed at The Scott in Old Town Scottsdale. The hotel is undergoing extensive renovation, and its lobby and lounge were refreshed in 2017.

An architectural standout, the property combines Old Havana flair with Bauhaus geometry. I’m happy to report that my room was spacious, comfortable and peaceful.

The Canal Club, located inside The Scott, was my introduction to the 1930s Havana aesthetic. The restaurant specializes in Cuban cuisine – I loved the old world charm and Latin flavors. Dining options include the patio, a private cabana, around a fire pit or poolside.

As a wine aficionado, I was in my element in Scottsdale. Merkin Vineyards' tasting room in Old Town Scottsdale caught my attention. They serve local, sustainable wine and homemade pizza and pasta. Almost all of Merkin’s fruit and vegetables are cultivated in the family’s orchards, greenhouses, and gardens. Oh, and they play rock/metal music all day, which was a cool touch.

Treat yourself to modern Latin cuisine at The Mission, complete with palm wood floors, marble bar and indoor waterfall. I started with tableside guacamole and a margarita. Try the shrimp aguachile, grilled street corn, and butternut squash tacos. Save room for dessert; their espresso churros are a can't-miss!

Check out the boutiques, galleries and historic sites in Old Town Scottsdale. It's all urban chic meets Old West charm, if you're into that sort of thing. The Merchantile, Leela Market and Carmen were my favorite shops.

For art and culture buffs, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is home to the latest in art, architecture and design.

I was intrigued by the Skyspace, a concrete theater where visitors can watch the ever-changing sky. The SMoCA showcases current talent by offering rotating exhibitions and community events.

There's no better way to discover the desert around Scottsdale than on horseback. MacDonald’s Ranch lives and breathes Western adventure. You name it, they’ve got it: horseback/pony rides, cowboy cookouts, a petting zoo and a gem mine. I participated in a group trail ride, and the wranglers ensured that it was a safe and memorable experience for everyone.

If you prefer to explore Scottsdale on foot, hike the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The Gateway Trail Loop is a 4.5-mile loop that wanders up to a saddle (650-foot elevation gain) before winding back to the trailhead. The Gateway Trail Loop is challenging, so take your time and admire the towering saguaros, colorful wildflowers and diverse wildlife.

It's safe to say that Scottsdale’s spirit left a lasting impression on me, and I'm looking forward to more adventures in the Grand Canyon state. Your turn to see what blooms in the desert!

Here's how a Scottsdale man transforms his house into a haunted house for the ages

It is called the Haunted Graveyard Arizona and it is a free attraction for all ages.SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If you think your house is scary for Halloween, wait until you see what one Valley man came up with.For 37 years in a row, Chris Birkett who lives in Scottsdale has been going all out when it comes to Halloween. Not only transforming the outside of his home, with custom-made decorations including a fire-breathing dragon but also the inside.“It’s a 13-minute haunted house with 31 actors," Birkett ...

It is called the Haunted Graveyard Arizona and it is a free attraction for all ages.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If you think your house is scary for Halloween, wait until you see what one Valley man came up with.

For 37 years in a row, Chris Birkett who lives in Scottsdale has been going all out when it comes to Halloween. Not only transforming the outside of his home, with custom-made decorations including a fire-breathing dragon but also the inside.

“It’s a 13-minute haunted house with 31 actors," Birkett said. “Part of the house is used for the haunt so you are going through a section of my house that’s hard to talk your wife into.”

He calls it Haunted Graveyard Arizona a free attraction for all ages and this year Birkett says the crowds have been bigger than ever.

“It's really busy every single evening which is not always the case.” Believing social media is the main reason why.

On Sunday, 12News saw hundreds of people line up to see the production. People wait up to an hour just to check out the haunted house. Birkett says just a few days ago the wait was almost too much,

"We went from two to two-and-a-half hour lines all the way down to maybe about 45 minutes," he said.

The process of setting everything up began at the tail end of summer.

“I am sweating out here all the way through August and September.”

Pulling out all the decorations he has from three storage units. The cost of everything seen at his home he estimates at about $160,000.

It's located three blocks north of the intersection of Granite Reef Road and McDonald Drive in Scottsdale. The road it sits on actually closes because of how many people show up.

Neighbors like TJ Beam say they don't mind the attraction.

"It's such a great community feel. It's such a blessing to have him do what he is doing," Beam said.

But it hasn't always been the case for Birkett. He says he moved to this neighborhood after a previous neighbor filed a lawsuit against him and won.

"I’m the first man in the United States of America that actually got convicted for the holiday decorations,” Birkett said.

However, that didn't stop him from continuing his long tradition of bringing people together one scream at a time.

“That is an honor as a human being to put your time effort and sweat equity into it to really make that magic come to life,” Birkett says.

The final day to see the haunted house is Halloween.

Birkett said they are open from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. While it is free, they do take donations to keep everything running.

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Building trades aiming for youth

Gilbert High School seniors Mason Reading and Lucas Beals attended this year’s Arizona Construction Career Days because they wanted to know more about the industry.Clarissa Tonkin, a student at the East Valley Institute of Technology, was there because she hopes to take her construction training into a decorative arts career.The three were among a record 4,428 Arizona students participating in the 21st-annual event, organized by the Phoenix-based Association for Construction Career Development and hosted by the Arizona Na...

Gilbert High School seniors Mason Reading and Lucas Beals attended this year’s Arizona Construction Career Days because they wanted to know more about the industry.

Clarissa Tonkin, a student at the East Valley Institute of Technology, was there because she hopes to take her construction training into a decorative arts career.

The three were among a record 4,428 Arizona students participating in the 21st-annual event, organized by the Phoenix-based Association for Construction Career Development and hosted by the Arizona National Guard in Papago Park in Phoenix.

Accompanied by 410 teachers, the students traveled from 80 schools in 11 counties for AZCCD, which promotes career opportunities in – and dismisses stereotypes – about the high-paying construction industry.

With the country investing heavily in infrastructure during the next few years, expect more emphasis on vocational training, said Stephen Cole, workforce development trainer for California-based Rosendin Electric, which has a regional Tempe office.

“I think the industry needs to incentivize young people to go into vocations the same way as recruiters and high school guidance counselors do for how many students go on to college,” he said.

Cole noted that the base pay for a journeyman union wireman is $32.55 in the Valley, not including the insurance and pension that comes with the job.

At the same time, electricians in the mining industry are earning as much as $48,194 annually, according to the Arizona Mining Association, while concrete ready-mix truck drivers bring in up to $72,000 per year, according to the Arizona Rock Products Association.

The students had an opportunity to interact with 76 exhibitors and potential employers in Arizona.

For years, negative attitudes about skilled labor work have predominated as high schools and parents pushed young people into college as the only sure path to success.

At the event, however, students and professionals talked about career options without a high-cost – and often high-debt –college degree.

“AZCCD is the largest workforce development event in the state, generating a new pipeline of skilled workers. Our focus is attracting high school students to the industry while educating their teachers and counselors to the vast opportunities and careers available to make a very good living in construction,” said Rose Ann Canizales, president of the nonprofit event.

“We are ‘Building Tomorrows Workforce Today’ one student at a time.”

On site were general contractors, such as McCarthy Building Companies of Phoenix and Chandler; specialty contractors, labor unions, regulatory and compliance firms such as the International Code Council and the Arizona Building Officials Association.

Also attending were representatives of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Associated General Contractors, Arizona chapter, and the National Association of Women in Construction.

“This event is a massive collaboration of prominent industry leaders, educators, legislators and our honored military partners who engage in positive dialogue supporting the creation of educational curriculum and workforce development for Arizona students,” said Steve Trussell, executive director of the Arizona Rock Products Association and the Arizona Mining Association, lead sponsors of the event.

“It has grown into a premier event in the state. Including this year’s group, more than 35,000 students have attended in its 21-year history.”

Stephen Cole, workforce development trainer for Rosendin, explained,” Young people often aren’t aware of the opportunities, and this event is a phenomenal opportunity to meet and talk with people in the industry who have made successful lives in the trades.”

One example of this is the company’s CEO, Mike Greenawalt, a graduate of Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix who began his career as an electrician’s apprentice.

The employee-owned company is one of the country’s largest electrical contractors, employing 7,500-plus people, with annual revenues averaging $2 billion.

Current Valley projects include the $800-million Meta Data Center project in Mesa and the $20-billion Intel Chandler semiconductor manufacturing plant in Chandler.

At the career gathering, Rosendin employees demonstrated technologies such as computer modeling and augmented reality as well as guided students on basic electrical wiring, power and hand tools and helped them bend conduit pipes, which appeared in various shapes such as hearts and canes.

They also noted that Rosendin has partnered with Grand Canyon University in Glendale on a Pre-Apprenticeship for Electricians program

The one-semester course combines college-level classes with hands-on learning fully paid for 80 students by the company and a government grant.

For employees, Rosendin will contribute toward the $10,000 for the four-year apprenticeship program offered by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

McCarthy has been participating all 21 years.

“We see the value of reaching students to educate about careers in construction,” said Amber Shepard, self-perform project manager for the company from its Chandler Innovation and Craft Workforce Center.

“At this event, they can see, feel and breathe construction,” she added, as associates behind her are cacophonously demonstrating nail driving.

In addition to her project w ork, Shepard visits local schools to promote careers in the trades.

“We do a good job as a company, but I there’s always more opportunity to bring more folks in: project managers, superintendents, carpenters. Let’s bring in everyone,” said Shepard, whose father recently retired from McCarthy after 35 years in the industry, starting as a carpenter and advancing to superintendent.

“It’s a cool thing, construction,” she noted. “It’s always evolving!”

At Rosendin, Charity Mell leads the Outreach Team, visiting schools, where she talks about the industry and leads career fairs and talks about opportunities, including for women who are significantly underrepresented in construction.

“A big focus for us is fighting the myth that you have to be the guy on the side of the road with the hard hat,” she said, noting that the company sponsors the AGC’s Culture of Care and is dedicated to developing opportunities for women and minorities.

After moving to Florida, EVIT’s Tonkin, for example, plans to become a metal artist, using her pipe-bending and welding skills acquired at the school. Her dream business will produce flowers, dragons and other designs to decorate companies and homes, and she plans to blog about welding.

Gilbert High’s Reading and Beals are optimistic about their opportunities, the first in welding and the latter in engineering after continuing his education at ASU. “These jobs aren’t going to go away,” Reading said. “They are going to be around for a while.”

Nationwide workforce shortages have become the most prominent industry concern. In October, construction added just 1,000 employees despite a high demand for labor, according to an analysis by the AGC, based in Arlington, Va.

At the same time, national hourly earning bumped to $35.27, a 5.6-percent year-over-year increase, exceeding the overall private sector figure.

“The construction sector would likely have added more jobs in October if only firms could find people to bring on board,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer in a prepared statement with the analysis. “Labor market conditions are so tight, however, that the sector barely increased in size even as demand remains strong for many types of construction projects.”

In Arizona, the industry needs about 1,000 electricians with the growth planned; other skilled tradesmen and –women will also be in greater demand, Cole explained.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will be 80,000 new electrical jobs available every year until 2031.

“The pandemic sped up the ‘silver tsunami’ as Baby Boomers retired at a faster rate than they could be replaced,” he added.

He noted, too, that the construction industry must work on a glamour factor, to brand itself for Millennials/Gen Z’ers. “We are connected to creativity. We build things,” Cole said, adding:

“It’s very rewarding in a way that working at the computer all day might not be. Some of our people take pictures of their work and share them on social media with others; they’re proud of what they’ve done. They can see what they are working on and come back years later and say, ‘I built that.’”

Jaime’s Local Love Holiday Special

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Happy Holidays, everyone! Jaime, here! Thank you for your interest in our first ever Jaime’s Local Love Holiday Special. We curated this list of businesses to give you some really cool ARIZONA options when it comes to places to shop and visit over the holidays. These local business owners are so passionate about what they create, grow, and cook—it is contagious. I hope you enjoyed our special and remember when you shop local, you are supporting a fellow Arizonan.The Merchantile has two lo...

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Happy Holidays, everyone! Jaime, here! Thank you for your interest in our first ever Jaime’s Local Love Holiday Special. We curated this list of businesses to give you some really cool ARIZONA options when it comes to places to shop and visit over the holidays. These local business owners are so passionate about what they create, grow, and cook—it is contagious. I hope you enjoyed our special and remember when you shop local, you are supporting a fellow Arizonan.

The Merchantile has two locations—Uptown Phoenix and Old Town Scottsdale. There you will find accessories, apparel, jewelry, home goods and other gifts and goodies. The Merchantile features the works of some 80 different Arizona makers and creators under one roof.

The Merchantile

PHONE: 562-879-2222

UPTOWN PHOENIX

ADDRESS: 730 E Missouri Ave., Phoenix 85014

OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE

ADDRESS: 3965 N Brown Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Instagram account: @themerchantile

Screws and Sparkles is a leader in downtown revitalization in Buckeye. The store is home to over 30 creatives and moved into an old grocery store that sat vacant for 30 years. Screws and Sparkles is establishing itself as a place you can hang, workshop, “work from home,” fellowship and shop.

Screws and Sparkles Vintage and Handmade

PHONE: 925-351-5052

ADDRESS: 343 E Monroe Ave., Buckeye, AZ

Instagram account: @screwsandsparkles

The Haunted Hamburger is a “must-do” on a road trip to Jerome. The views of Verde Valley are vast and you can see all the way to the red rock of Sedona. All while sipping a boozy milkshake, downing a burger and listening to ghost stories from the staff. The Haunted Hamburger is family owned and coming up on 30 years in Jerome.

The Haunted Hamburger

PHONE: (928) 634-0554

ADDRESS: 410 Clark St., Jerome, AZ 86331

Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/thehauntedhamburger/

At Dos Chris’, they believe in “leaving a little sparkle wherever you go.” To Dos Chris’, sparkle means kindness. The business is owned by an Arizona couple who just opened their first storefront, offering delicious cupcakes, small cakes and treats. You can also get a box of charcuterie to “grab and go” for yourself or order a big platter for a party or even a table-sized charcuterie “art installation” for an event.

Dos Chris’ Bakery & Charcuterie Co.

PHONE: 602-837-8899

ADDRESS: 6007 N 16th St., Phoenix, AZ, 85016

Instagram account: @doschris_phx

Facebook account: Dos Chris’ Bakery & Charcuterie Co.

Sam Pillsbury was one of the first to start growing grapes in Arizona 22 years ago. With vineyards in Willcox, he’s had a tasting room in Cottonwood for years, but most recently moved up the road from Main Street to a tasting HOUSE. The estate allows for dinners, events and private rooms, along with a library of wines and gathering spaces for groups. Pillsbury performs as Chef and Winemaker, and he tells us his wines have won more awards in the last 8 years than almost any other wineries in the celebrated San Francisco American Wine Competition.

Pillsbury Wine Company

Winery and Vineyard, also Tasting Room, 6450 S. Bennett Place, Willcox, AZ 85643

Tasting House Verde Valley, 315 S Willard, Cottonwood, AZ 86326

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Instagram account: @pillsbury_wine

“Sauvage” means “wild” or “natural” in French. Owner, Chris Lingua, says there are more than 200 additives that can be added to wine besides the grapes—so he likes to focus on AS CLOSE TO JUST THE GRAPES as possible—or the most natural. Lingua started this shop to demystify wine while also specializing in “low-intervention,” non-commercial (mass-produced) wines. He loves it because there are always new wines to discover from different corners of the world. If you like to explore and taste the purest expression of land and grape, this is the style for you. At Sauvage, you’ll find over 200 rotating wine selections available in shop and online. Most selections range from $20 - $60, as well as a curated selection of artisanal Mezcals, Amari, organic Port & digestifs. Sauvage is planning a move to a house in downtown Phoenix in the new year. Stay tuned on the website and Instagram to learn more.

Sauvage Bottle Shop

ADDRESS: Inside The Churchill 901 N 1st St. #109, Phoenix, AZ 85004

SOCIAL MEDIA: @Sauvagephx

Instagram account: @Sauvagephx

Hello Handmade Market has Vendor Markets at the Amphitheater at Arrowhead Mall on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month but wanted to have a storefront where you can come to and shop all week long. The store is home for more than 30 rotating vendors to sell and be creative—offering workshops too. You can find all sorts of items here: t-shirts, onesies, mugs, stickers, candy, gifts for pets, water bottles, ornaments and more—a huge variety with one thing in common—all handmade in Arizona.

Hello Handmade Market

PHONE: 623-980-9037

ADDRESS: 725 S Estrella Parkway Suite 110, Goodyear, AZ 85338

Instagram account: @HelloHandmadeMarket

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