Mobile Mini, Inc., the world’s leading provider of portable storage solutions, joined Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix City Councilwoman Kate Gallego today in a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of the company’s new headquarters and national sales center. Mayor Stanton and Councilwoman Gallego were joined by Mobile Mini President & CEO Erik Olsson at the ceremony and for a tour of the new offices.
Mobile Mini moved into a 55,000-square-foot office at 4646 E. Van Buren St. in Phoenix. The new headquarters consolidates Mobile Mini’s corporate and sales facilities and will be home to more than 300 employees, including the executive team, national sales center, customer support, finance and accounting. In the centralized Phoenix location, Mobile Mini employees enjoy proximity to the Metro Light Rail system and Sky Harbor International Airport.
Mobile Mini is one of the Valley’s top companies, with reported total revenue of $445 million in 2014, and demonstrates the economic success of Arizona. Founded in 1983 in Phoenix, the company serves customers throughout North America and the United Kingdom from 160 locations.
Mobile Mini rents portable storage and office containers and specialty containment products such as tanks, pumps and filtration systems. The company product line is used across industries that include construction, retail, energy, utilities, mining, government and education. Customers can choose from a total rental fleet of more than 200,000 units, including containers featuring its patented Tri-Cam Locking SystemTM.
“The Valley is our home. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to grow our presence in a place that understands the importance of being business-friendly and a city that welcomes home-grown companies with open arms,” said Mobile Mini President and CEO Erik Olsson. “The success we’ve experienced can be attributed to the terrific talent pool that the Valley has offered us. We expect that this great new office space will be our home for a long time and allow us to continue our growth as the world’s leader in secure storage solutions.”
“Mobile Mini’s storage solutions have helped thousands of businesses and families across Arizona, North America and the U.K.,” Mayor Stanton said. “The company has helped create jobs and expand our local economy. The cost of living and doing business in Phoenix is lower than in many other major metropolitan areas in the country, and we’re happy that Mobile Mini has cast a vote of confidence in our city. Its decision to stay in Arizona means retaining and creating hundreds of jobs in the Valley.”
“Anytime a business opens shop in this district, it’s great news,” said District 8 Councilwoman Gallego, in whose district the company will be headquartered. “But with Mobile Mini, we not only gain a locally grown company with international reach, we also gain an outstanding member of the community that cares about its home and people in all of the Valley of the Sun. Under Erik’s leadership, Mobile Mini is taking on a more critical role in giving back to the place it calls home.”
In the area of giving back, Mobile Mini has partnered with national charities like Habitat for Humanity for a long time. The partnership started in 2005, with Mobile Mini donating the use of hundreds of storage containers, offices, and trailers each year and has grown to aid Habitat for Humanity across all levels of its organization. Under the leadership of Olsson, Mobile Mini has also partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank, UMOM, Chrysalis, and other Valley charities. Mobile Mini’s Executive Engagement Program, launched by Olsson, features all of the company’s corporate executives joining a nonprofit board of their choice and a company match for their personal contributions. And Mobile Mini’s in-kind community engagement program operating in each of its market areas provides free container rentals to local nonprofit organizations. The donated rental time is designated at the discretion of each local branch manager allowing them to engage with their community.
Mobile Mini was founded in 1983, when it sold storage containers to construction companies and manufacturers. In the 1990s, Mobile Mini started manufacturing containers in Phoenix, enabling it to enter and grow in new markets throughout the Southwest. With the new growth, Mobile Mini shifted the business model from a sales and manufacturing company to a renting and marketing company. In the 2000s, it developed the Tri-Cam Locking SystemTM, a patented security system that helps provide customers with the best security in the portable storage industry. Mobile Mini spread across the United States and expanded into the United Kingdom in 2004, making it a global corporation. In 2008, it added over 40 new locations with the acquisition of Mobile Storage Group and in December of 2014 Mobile Mini grew significantly again by acquiring Evergreen Tank Solutions (“ETS”). ETS is the third largest provider of specialty containment solutions in the United States, and the leading provider in the Gulf Coast and petrochemical and industrial segments in the U.S.