July 27, 2011
City of Chandler Ports America
Jane Poston Colby Haines
Public Information Officer Colby Communications Corp.
480-782-2231 office 480-212-6258 562-900-6232 Mobile
Chandler, Ariz- The City of Chandler and Ports America announced today that Ports America would be moving into downtown Chandler. They will be housed in the space formerly occupied by Chandler City Hall and other office tenants at 55 North Arizona Place. This move will bring 200 quality jobs to the downtown area as early as October 31, 2011.
The addition of Ports America, which will occupy three floors in this existing downtown building, takes this building to nearly 90 percent occupancy.
“We have worked diligently to secure this company for our downtown area,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “I’m very excited to have Ports America join our community, as they will add vibrancy and diversity to our downtown and the City of Chandler business community. I want to acknowledge the Ports America team as well as the brokers and building owners for working on the City’s behalf to bring such a quality employer to Chandler.”
Ports America, headquartered in New Jersey, is the largest independent marine terminal operator in North America, providing terminal management and a full suite of stevedoring (a stevedore is one who works in the loading or unloading of ships) and related services.
“Ports America is very pleased to move its shared services operations, which houses the IT, accounting-related services and other company support functions, to Chandler, Arizona,” Ports America Sr. Vice President Human Resources Stephen Staruch said. “We very much appreciate the support and cooperation from the Mayor’s office in helping facilitate the leasing and permit process.”
Ports America, including its predecessor companies, has more than 85 years of experience operating American seaports. Its current business includes more than 80 terminals in 42 ports in North America, handling containers, roll on/roll off cargo, general cargo and cruise line passengers. As one of the largest employers of maritime labor in North America, Ports America employs more than 12,000 people each day at its operations, including full-time equivalent employees. For further information on Ports America, please visit its Web site: http://www.portsamerica.com/.