Economic Development E-Newsletter | December 1, 2021
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"We Are Airstream" purchases former Sam's Club in Chandler for a sales and servicing facility
We Are Airstream has purchased a new sales and servicing facility in Chandler, Ariz., at 1375 S. Arizona Ave., located on the southeast corner of Loop 202 and Arizona Avenue. The 136,000-square-foot freestanding building sits on 14.9 acres. The new Chandler location is now open to customers while Airstream finishes construction on exterior improvements. 

Airstream trailers are famous for their distinctive round shape and polished aluminum. Introduced in 1932, Airstream continues to be one of the top sellers in the Recreational Vehicle (RV) business. Sales in the RV industry have increased significantly over the last several years as Americans look for experiential outdoor trips and baby boomers retire. In addition, the pandemic has led to more customers considering the mobile, outdoor lifestyle that an RV provides.

This new facility will allow We Are Airstream to service the growing southeast valley and entire metropolitan region. The floorplan will be approximately 40% showroom and sales, with the remaining space dedicated to servicing and storage. We Are Airstream expects to have 60 employees working at the facility, in roles such as technicians, concierge ambassadors, property maintenance, accounting and sales experts.

“We are thrilled to welcome We Are Airstream to Chandler and appreciate their significant investment into this important property,” stated Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. “The Airstream product has built a loyal following over many decades and we wish them many years of success at their new location in Chandler.”

“We searched diligently and strategically to find a new location and couldn’t be happier to land in Chandler,” stated Aaron Korges, We Are Airstream’s President. “Chandler is at the heart of the burgeoning southeast valley and we were impressed with the strong demographics in the area. We look forward to building a long-term relationship with the community as we ramp up operations in Arizona.”

Port Plastics Chandler location doubles in square footage
Port Plastics, a leader in plastics distribution, is expanding in the Uptown Chandler employment corridor. For more than 26 years, Port Plastics has supported customers from all over the country from its Chandler facility, currently located at 120 E. Corporate Place. To accommodate future growth, the company has leased an adjacent suite that doubles its footprint to more than 40,000 square feet.

Port Plastics General Manager Patti Robison shared, "We are thrilled we were able to increase capacity and add new employees in our current location. Our extensive inventory of cutting-edge materials allows us to better service our customer base. We are proud to be a lasting part of the Chandler community."

“We are excited to see Port Plastics’ expansion in Chandler,” stated Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. “This successful company is adding jobs and supplying products to many of our targeted industries in Chandler. We wish them many years of continued success in Uptown Chandler.”

Port Plastics has been an industry leader for 60 years, delivering technical support and cost-effective engineered plastic solutions to the Semiconductor, Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage, Aerospace & Defense, Transportation, and Medical industries. The company has locations in nine states across the U.S.

Seeking science-oriented organizations to participate in the Chandler Innovation Fair
The City of Chandler is inviting science-oriented companies and organizations to participate as exhibitors in the Chandler Innovation Fair on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, in Downtown Chandler.

This free event offers unique opportunities for attendees to explore the discoveries of science engineered in their own backyard. Some of last year's interactive demonstrations by Chandler's technology companies included Waymo, PayPal, global engineering firm Stantec, Local Motors, Zovio and the PGA Tour Superstore, among others.

This year, the City is partnering with Chandler Unified School District's (CUSD) Innovation Fair, which will bring about greater district participation. The event will include a Science Spectacular Competition for Chandler students where six winning teams will each be awarded a $500 prize for the most educational, most creative and most passionate projects. The Chandler Innovation Fair is sponsored by Intel, Northrop Grumman, and First Things First.

Choose Chandler this holiday shopping season
The City is encouraging residents and visitors to support Chandler businesses this holiday season through its Choose Chandler campaign. This year, there is an increased focus on West Chandler businesses, which are being impacted by construction for the I-10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project. A Choose Chandler digital billboard is up along I-10 and ads have been placed in print publications distributed within the West Chandler area. The public is also encouraged to connect and engage with Visit Chandler social media sites to actively participate in the campaign.

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