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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Tucson, 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. Tucson, 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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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.

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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.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Tucson, 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 Tucson, 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.

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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.

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 Tucson, 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.

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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 Tucson, 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 Tucson, 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 Tucson, 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 Tucson, 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.

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From high schools to the NBA, Arizona evolving into a hotbed for elite hoops talent

Hoops aficionados everywhere would agree that the University of Arizona Wildcats has the best basketball factory in the state of Arizona. The proof is in this year’s NBA draft.Three players out of Tucson – Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers), Dalen Terry (Chicago Bulls) and Christian Koloko (Toronto Raptors) – heard their names called on draft night.But the local basketball boom is happening well before the college level. Arizona is becoming a cornerstone of high school basketball prospects entering college an...

Hoops aficionados everywhere would agree that the University of Arizona Wildcats has the best basketball factory in the state of Arizona. The proof is in this year’s NBA draft.

Three players out of Tucson – Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers), Dalen Terry (Chicago Bulls) and Christian Koloko (Toronto Raptors) – heard their names called on draft night.

But the local basketball boom is happening well before the college level. Arizona is becoming a cornerstone of high school basketball prospects entering college and eventually reaching the NBA, as the state led the country with six first-round selections in June.

Canadian product Shaedon Sharpe, who the Portland Trail Blazers selected seventh overall this year, committed to the University of Kentucky after playing his last two years of high school ball at Dream City Christian School, one of Arizona’s rising prep academies in the last few years.

He was joined by fellow Dream City alum MarJon Beauchamp, who the Milwaukee Bucks selected with the 24th pick.

An argument can be made in Hillcrest Prep’s favor for starting the trend in recent years with top prospect Deandre Ayton, who moved from the Bahamas and has remained in Arizona for his entire playing career in the United States as a former Wildcat before going No. 1 overall to the Phoenix Suns in 2018. His example helped Hillcrest Prep gain a reputation to recruit more elite prospects, including Terry, the Phoenix native who transferred from Corona del Sol High School to Hillcrest. He also played for the Wildcats, before joining the Bulls this upcoming season.

“(DeAndre Ayton) is a testament of what we’re about, and we try to fulfill (their dreams),” Marcus Gantt, current Hillcrest Prep coach said. “These kids follow DeAndre Ayton’s footsteps, and that’s a great example to add. When you’re trying to recruit top players, they know that you really made it happen, because it has happened here.”

AZ Compass Prep is another prep academy with recent success and also strengthened its own reputation last month with alums TyTy Washington Jr. going 29th overall to the Houston Rockets and Jabari Walker going 57th overall to the Portland Trail Blazers.

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“I gotta give it to the prep schools,” Gantt said. “I don’t know what they do. But I know what we do. We try to prepare these kids for college first. We try to put them on a platform. We have to travel all over the country, play and get that exposure, and get that experience. And I think our kids are really prepared, when they go to college, to be able to be in the college game, and make some things happen.”

Arizona’s NBA draft success also extends to alum beyond the local prep schools. Thunder rookie Jalen Williams became the 12th overall pick from Santa Clara University after attending Perry High School. Pumas head coach Sam Duane points to the state’s growth as another reason why Arizona has seen a spike in success.

“Arizona is becoming bigger and the Phoenix area is growing dramatically,” Duane said. “The talent level has gotten better. There’s very, very good coaching in the AIA at the high school level.”

The increase in population is not only making more competitive teams, but it is also increasing the number of teams at the top level.

“We’ve always had real good teams that could compete at the national level,” Duane said. “Now we just have more. We have more numbers. We have more teams that can compete. So our numbers are getting bigger. Our players are getting better. And I think that just helps the overall talent level of Arizona.”

Apart from Terry, another player who knows AIA high schools and prep academies well is Washington, who played at Cesar Chavez until his sophomore year and joined AZ Compass Prep as a junior. He agrees with Duane’s position.

“I feel like Arizona is definitely slept on (for their basketball talent),” Washington said. “This year, six people who went to high school in Arizona got drafted, so that just shows that in Arizona, we’re not a bummer state, we have a few hoopers out there.”

The NBA Summer League made possible a reunion between Williams and Washington. The products of Arizona’s pipeline played against each other in every stage possible.

“It’s kinda rare, especially in Arizona to be able to play against somebody you grew up with,” Williams said. “I’ve known TyTy (Washington) since we were like six, so it was a really cool experience to play against him.”

Now Arizona has the chance to maintain their recent tradition and improved status among the most desired destinations for up-and-coming basketball players. The surge of the state’s prep academies, and other favorable factors, can make Arizona a top basketball factory for the foreseeable future.

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“Arizona is a great place to live, with great weather,” Gantt said. “The state of the sport, the fact that it is played indoors … So a lot of things can happen in Arizona for you.”

For Duane, the fact that there are successful teams and players from Arizona with a proven track record to reach the NBA will only attract more future talent. AZ Compass Prep, for example, still has that success. Every graduating senior from the 2022 class has committed to a D-I program, some including UCLA, Auburn and Texas Tech.

“I think the more success breeds success and winning breeds winning,” Duane said. “So kids want to go where players have had success so that is a very real possibility.”

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Tucson Tech: U of A program helps foreign firms set up US shops

Two Canadian tech startups have targeted Tucson for a “soft landing” in the U.S., thanks to a fast-growing University of Arizona program aimed at helping foreign entrepreneurs set up shop here.And the UA’s Global Advantage program, run by the UA Center for Innovation, has landed success of its own with a recent international award.Longan Vision, an Ontario-based company developing helmet-mounted &ldq...

Two Canadian tech startups have targeted Tucson for a “soft landing” in the U.S., thanks to a fast-growing University of Arizona program aimed at helping foreign entrepreneurs set up shop here.

And the UA’s Global Advantage program, run by the UA Center for Innovation, has landed success of its own with a recent international award.

Longan Vision, an Ontario-based company developing helmet-mounted “augmented reality” thermal vision systems for firefighters, and Ecobloc, a Newfoundland-based developer of sonic rodent-control systems, recently went through the Global Advantage program at the UA Tech Park on South Rita Road.

Last week, the UA announced that Longan Vision had decided to join the UACI’s incubation program, which for modest fees offers startups a structured program of mentorship, resources including business services, offices and labs and connections to potential customers and strategic partners.

EcoLab also is enrolled in the UACI program virtually, after recently winning entry into Techstars, a major business accelerator program based in Boulder, Colorado.

Andrew Leaman, manager of commercial operations for Longan Vision, said the network of enthusiastic entrepreneurial support the UACI provided as the company went through the Global Advantage program earlier in the summer was a major factor in the decision to join the incubator.

“The network UACI has provided far exceeded our wildest dreams about what could happen here,” Leaman said. “This area, especially centered around Tucson, is full of entrepreneurial, supportive, kind people who want to see you succeed.”

Leaman said he’s already begun to contact local fire departments, including the Vail-based Rincon Valley Fire District, to test his company’s Fusion Vision System.

The system adds a lightweight “smart visor” to firefighter’s helmets to provide enhanced thermal images — including multi-color and night-vision-like options — and data sharing tools to allow them to see through smoke, locate victims and find fire sources.

Though firefighters commonly use hand-held thermal cameras to see through smoke and assess fire scenes, they tie up one hand, and previous attempts at helmet-mounted sights have been costly, heavy and bulky, Leaman said.

The company — named after an Asian fruit also known as dragon’s eye — was founded by four graduates and student scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, who developed the thermal-imaging technology during a “hack-athon” event in 2018, he said.

The company later won a grant of about $200,000 Canadian as part of a government challenge involving hands-free technologies, and have since been awarded a $1 million government grant to further develop the system.

The prototype, which has been tested by fire departments in Canada, Korea and Japan, is on its sixth iteration and the company plans to have its first commercial version available next year, Leaman said.

EcoBloc’s CEO, Jason Trask, said Arizona was barely on the company’s radar as it explored its options in the U.S., but he was interested in the Global Advantage program because of Tucson’s proximity to the California market and its lower base costs.

EcoBloc has developed a commercial-grade ultrasonic device designed to repel rodents and is aiming the product at food-storage facilities.

“After doing the program, I realized that Southern Arizona has so much more to offer than I expected,” said Trask, citing its significant position as a port for food and opportunities to manufacture in Mexico.

“We are now considering Tucson to set up an R&D and sales office because Southern Arizona could be a large market for us and it is adjacent to other large US markets,” he said in an email. “We could set up manufacturing right across the border; and the University of Arizona and others are producing high-quality technical talent.”

EcoBloc got a huge boost recently when it was named to Techstars’ “Farm to Fork” business accelerator, which is partnered on advancing food-tech startups with agriculture food giant Cargill Corp. and environmental services leader Ecolab.

Ultrasonic pest repellent systems claiming to exclude everything from rats to roaches have been deemed ineffective in past scientific studies, and Trask acknowledged existing research has been “either negative or inconclusive.”

But Trask says his company’s device, which is designed for industrial use outdoors, is much more sophisticated and uses a proprietary sound algorithm to ensure rodents don’t get used to the sound frequency.

The EcoBloc device has been found effective by clients in six different countries, and the company has been working with several universities in both the United States and Canada to conduct independent academic studies to confirm its field research slated for completion by the end of the year.

“We want to be a science-based company and we will continue to work with universities to independently validate our solutions as we continue to innovate,” Trask said.

The UA’s Global Advantage program has been busy since an earlier version was re-launched under the auspices of the UACI a few years ago, and it’s reaped international recognition as a result.

Since 2019, four international companies who have worked with UACI have moved to Southern Arizona or set up a United States subsidiary in the region.

In 2020, the UACI earned the “Soft Landings” designation from the International Business Innovation Association, as one of 50 entrepreneur organizations to meet the group’s high-level standards for supporting international companies’ operations in the U.S.

And in late June, the UACI was named “Soft Landings Designee of the Year” at the InBIA’s 36th International Conference on Business Incubation in Atlanta.

Carol Stewart, UA vice president for Tech Parks Arizona, said the Global Advantage program has taken off since it was retooled under the UACI and executive director Eric Smith, who was tasked with focusing on attracting foreign companies.

The current Global Advantage program is a retool of a program of the same name launched in 2004, which aimed to attract foreign companies by working with technology business incubators in other countries.

“We wanted to revive it and we wanted to shift it, we wanted to focus more on inbound companies rather than outbound companies,” said Stewart, a native Canadian who was named head of Tech Parks Arizona in 2018 after leading entrepreneurial initiatives in Waterloo, Ontario, and co-founding the Association of University Research Parks Canada.

Besides Canada, Global Advantage has served companies from Mexico, Columbia, Israel and Saudi Arabia, and Stewart said the UA recently finalized an agreement with an Australian company.

“Obviously, its an economic impact,” she said. “Obviously there’s a great opportunity with Canada, because they’re not looking to sell to themselves with 30 million people, so they’re always looking to the U.S.”

Stewart, who sits on the Tucson Airport Authority board of directors, said new nonstop flights from Tucson International Airport to six Canadian cities launched last spring by Flair Airlines will only strengthen the business linkages.

“We’re looking at each on of those locations and reaching out to their economic-development people to see what opportunities there are for companies to expand to the U.S.,” she said.

Arizona Athletics Launches 5980 Fund For Student-Athlete Support

TUCSON, Ariz. – Beginning in Fall of 2022, University of Arizona student-athletes will be eligible for up to $5,980 in supplemental academic aid through the athletic department's newly established "5980 Fund". Arizona Athletics will commit financial resources to the fund as part of its ongoing Commitment to an Athletes Total Success (CATS) program after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Alston vs. NCAA case. Eligibility is based on good academic performance, meeting all NCAA eligibility requirements a...

TUCSON, Ariz. – Beginning in Fall of 2022, University of Arizona student-athletes will be eligible for up to $5,980 in supplemental academic aid through the athletic department's newly established "5980 Fund". Arizona Athletics will commit financial resources to the fund as part of its ongoing Commitment to an Athletes Total Success (CATS) program after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Alston vs. NCAA case. Eligibility is based on good academic performance, meeting all NCAA eligibility requirements and embracing Arizona's Wildcat Way core values.

"This new academic benefit for our student-athletes is the latest addition to our ongoing commitment to our mission to develop academic, athletic and life champions," said Vice President and Director of Athletics Dave Heeke. "Arizona Athletics continues to lead from the front in supporting Wildcats with our championship standard for our student-athlete experience. The establishment of our "5980 Fund" raises our standard by providing additional resources for Wildcat student-athletes' academic performance."

The Supreme Court's ruling paved the way for institutions to provide student-athletes with additional education-related benefits and direct financial support in the form of academic achievement, up to the legally established maximum of $5,980 per year.

The "5980 Fund" is the most recent of initiatives launched by the athletics department to bolster its first-class experience for all student-athletes in response to the everchanging landscape of college athletics. The Wildcat Club, the athletics department's development unit, is fundraising for the "5980 Fund", and you can give to the Wildcat Club by clicking here.

Arizona launched its Arizona EDGE program in 2021 as its in-house platform for Name, Image and Likeness that partnered directly with INFLCR. The partnership helped Arizona become the first school in the Pac-12 Conference to launch its own portal, the Arizona EDGE Marketplace, with INFLCR that connects the business community directly with student-athletes on brand-focused activities, provided they are within legal protocols and follow the University of Arizona NIL protocols and are approved in advance by the Arizona Compliance department.

In addition to the Friends of Wilbur & Wilma collective and the Arizona Assist Club, opportunities for supporting external NIL initiatives for Arizona student-athletes now also include the BPS Foundation, which is a non-profit 501© (3) organization formed by Blueprint Sports to educate, encourage and assist student-athletes in their efforts to engage with the local community through charitable causes. For more information about the BPS Foundation, please click here.

"Arizona Athletics continues to support initiatives that impact all student-athletes and enhance the experience of the outstanding women and men who represent the University of Arizona in competition, the classroom and Southern Arizona community," Heeke said. "Our athletics department's Wildcat Way mission and strategic initiatives are deeply rooted in this flagship institution and the tremendous community that supports our student-athletes."

Five questions for Jedd Fisch, Arizona Wildcats ahead of Pac-12 Media Day

Actual football will be a topic of discussion at Pac-12 Football Media Day. We promise.It might not be the main topic during a turbulent time for the league and the sport. After all, the Pac-12 is in the midst of an existential crisis. It’s possible the conference won’t survive the latest round of TV-driven realignment.None of that is a concern for second-year Arizona coach Jedd Fisch. He has plenty of his own problems to grapple with.Fisch inherited a program stumbling through a 12-game losing strea...

Actual football will be a topic of discussion at Pac-12 Football Media Day. We promise.

It might not be the main topic during a turbulent time for the league and the sport. After all, the Pac-12 is in the midst of an existential crisis. It’s possible the conference won’t survive the latest round of TV-driven realignment.

None of that is a concern for second-year Arizona coach Jedd Fisch. He has plenty of his own problems to grapple with.

Fisch inherited a program stumbling through a 12-game losing streak. The Wildcats notched only one win in his first season. But Fisch brought energy and hope. He and his staff have recruited at a high level. The arrow appears to be pointing up — even if, on Thursday, the Wildcats were picked to finish 11th in the newly division-less conference.

Whether Arizona’s future lies in a new version of the Pac-12, an expanded Big 12 or behind Door No. 3, the Wildcats’ outlook has brightened. In that spirit, here are five football-focused questions for Fisch and the UA contingent participating in Pac-12 Media Day on Friday in Los Angeles:

Although he was one of the most sought-after players in the NCAA transfer portal, Cowing arrived in Tucson with relatively little fanfare. UA fans were swept up in the recruitment of top-50 prospect Tetairoa McMillan. The acquisition of quarterback Jayden de Laura also demanded big, bold headlines.

But make no mistake: Cowing is at worst Arizona’s second-most important offseason pickup, behind de Laura, and he’ll make an instant impact for an offense desperate for playmakers.

One of Arizona’s two player representatives at Media Day, along with senior safety Christian Young, Cowing comes to L.A. as a preseason second-team All-Pac-12 selection. He exploded at UTEP last year, catching 69 passes for 1,354 yards and seven touchdowns. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the fifth-best slot receiver in the nation.

Multiple programs pursued Cowing, including Arizona State, Florida, LSU and Oregon. He chose Arizona for two primary reasons: the relationship he quickly built with Fisch and Tucson’s proximity to the Chandler area, where Cowing’s 2-year-old son, Chase, lives.

Cowing attended Maricopa High School. He was a two-star recruit. Now he’s on the verge of stardom.

In its annual season-preview magazine, Athlon Sports ranked the Wildcats’ defensive backfield as the third worst in the Pac-12.

The members of the UA secondary don’t see themselves that way. Nor should they.

Start with the fact that Arizona ranked second in the conference in passing yards allowed last season. Then recall spring practice, when the secondary produced a bevy of interceptions under new defensive coordinator Johnny Nansen.

Fisch sees NFL-caliber talent throughout that unit, which includes Young, fellow safety Jaxen Turner and cornerbacks Christian Roland-Wallace and Treydan Stukes. Young and Roland-Wallace made the initial watch list for the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl.

Young casually referred to the UA defensive backfield as “the best secondary in the Pac-12” during spring ball. That’s probably a stretch. Opponents had a 25-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio against Arizona last year.

But the Wildcats might be closer to first in the league than 10th.

The Wildcats already had a crowded backfield before acquiring former Auburn and Florida State tailback D.J. Williams via the transfer portal. Now, barring an unexpected departure or a position change, they have seven potential ball-carrying options.

Running back wasn’t a position of need by any stretch, but the personnel department saw in Williams a chance to upgrade the talent in the room. He’s a former four-star recruit who rushed for 599 yards over two seasons at Auburn.

No returning back separated from the pack last season. Veteran Michael Wiley led the team with six touchdowns. Portal pickup Drake Anderson flashed speed and quickness. Jalen John provided thump between the tackles. Freshman Stevie Rocker Jr. averaged nearly 5 yards per carry.

The most impressive back in spring was newcomer Jonah Coleman, a 5-foot-8-inch dynamo whose physique and game resemble former UCLA standout Maurice Jones-Drew. Incoming freshman Rayshon “Speedy” Luke, a four-star recruit, is set to join the group in training camp, which starts Wednesday; Luke could be utilized as a multipurpose player and return specialist.

Back in spring, position coach Scottie Graham was asked about the group dynamic. He offered a story from his playing days at Ohio State:

"My freshman year ... Bobby Turner, who is the best running back coach in the world, told us, 'I got eight of you guys, and I have one ball. Whoever controls their ego is gonna get the ball.' So I tell my six guys, 'I got six of y’all and one ball. Whoever controls their ego is gonna get the ball.'"

It’s now seven. But who’s counting?

Barrs had a team-leading five sacks and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors last season. Joiner played quarterback in addition to receiver, producing three touchdowns.

Both players underwent foot surgery right about the time spring practice began. It’d be beneficial to have both back at full strength as soon as possible.

Barrs emerged as Arizona’s most consistent and productive defensive lineman in 2021. Interior linemen who can get to the quarterback are rare, and Barrs proved he could do that during a breakout campaign. Not having him for any period of time would deplete the Wildcats’ talent and depth at a position that’s lacked both in recent years.

While Joiner was out in spring, it was hard to envision his role in a revamped receiving corps. But the depth at that spot isn’t what it was. After spring, Ma’jon Wright and Jalen Johnson entered the transfer portal. Without Joiner, half of Arizona’s top six receivers would be true freshmen.

Fisch was asked various forms of that question several times last year. He declined to put a number on it, saying only that he wanted Arizona to be the toughest out on every team’s schedule. The Wildcats put up a respectable fight more often that not, but in all but one instance they couldn’t sustain it for four quarters.

There’s no question that Arizona is a more talented team today than a year ago. The Wildcats’ combined recruiting efforts, including the transfer portal, earned a No. 22 national ranking from 247Sports.com.

That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready to win now. Fisch knew he was inheriting a long-term rebuilding project. The portal can help speed up that process, but the talented freshmen proliferating the roster will take time to develop.

The schedule also does Arizona no favors. The non-conference slate — at San Diego State, vs. Mississippi State, vs. North Dakota State — is among the toughest in the Pac-12.

The Wildcats almost certainly will surpass last season’s win total. Can they triple it? Quadruple it?

All UA fans want to see is progress. Any step forward could be construed as success.

Arizona is a top location for out-of-state property investors

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - People living in Sun Belt states who are looking to purchase their first home have stiff competition.According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, Arizona is one of the top locations for out-of-state investors. In 2021, they accounted for 31% of the homes purchased. Only Georgia beat out Arizona, with 33%...

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - People living in Sun Belt states who are looking to purchase their first home have stiff competition.

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, Arizona is one of the top locations for out-of-state investors. In 2021, they accounted for 31% of the homes purchased. Only Georgia beat out Arizona, with 33% of homes being bought by out-of-state investors.

“I would say it is 100% investors because all of us invest in property, whether it’s for our personal use or for a rental property,” said Jodi Koch, the President of Tucson Association of Realtors (TAR). “What constitutes an investor in their survey? We have flippers; they are investors. There are also a lot of corporations buying up properties. Those are some of our true investors that are investing in real estate for their client’s investment portfolio. Then, you have an iBuyer company. Their business platform is to purchase low from sellers who don’t want to deal with fixing up their property to put it on the market. iBuyers fix it up and turn around and sell it to the end consumer.”

Still, Koch says it can be hard for families to compete with cash buyers.

In Tucson, inventory is limited and house prices continue to rise.

“The median home sales price increased to about $377,000 in June of 2022,” said Koch. “That’s up about 16% from June of 2021. It is a nicer increase than the 20% to 30% increase we were seeing before.”

High mortgage rates are also driving away potential buyers.

The Vice President of Altitude Home Loans, Danny Plattner, has noticed a slight drop in new clients over the past few months.

“We have been spoiled,” said Plattner. “Rates were in the 2% to 3% range, and now we are in the 5% to 6% range. I mean, historically, that’s not so terrible. So, what I always like to tell everybody is, ‘You are buying your forever home. This may not be your forever loan.’”

Plattner says mortgages can be refinanced.

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced a 75-point interest rate hike. When the Federal Reserve increased its benchmark interest rate last month, Plattner says mortgage rates actually dropped.

“Inflation is an arch enemy of bonds,” said Plattner. “By raising the Fed funds rate, if it helps to curb inflation, that will actually help interest rates because that will help mortgage bonds and it will help the appetite for investors on Wall Street to purchase more mortgage bonds.”

Koch says patience is key to unlocking the door of your new home.

“Our inventory is growing, but it’s still scarce,” she said. “It is climbing upwards in the right direction. So, that’s a real positive as well.”

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