Dick’s Sporting Goods

We did it, readers. We’ve made it into the New Year. I hope you all had fun in December, regardless of which holiday you celebrate, and you spent time with plenty of friends and family to round out 2018. From personal goals and resolutions to new businesses and growth across the West Valley and even the state, hopefully you all have big things in store for the coming 12 months.

Thank you for sticking with the West Valley View, but also, thanks for coming back to check on the Briefcase. Let’s start of the last year of the decade on the right foot by getting back into it. Perhaps a good jumping off point would be a couple big developments in Goodyear as well as some other events and little things. Here’s the news!

First, 2019 is a big year, so we need to start with a big project. I’m sure you all remember Ball Corporation, right? The company, which produces cans, glass jars, etc., started operations at its PV|303 master-planned business park-based facility this past spring and employs 145 people. But it’s not done, according to the city of Goodyear’s website. Merit Partners is behind the investment of $5.4 million in the construction of an additional 160,000-square-foot warehouse east of Ball and along the 303, between Sub-Zero and Dick’s Sporting Goods. According to the city, the warehouse is intended to house nearly 130 million cans ahead of shipping and deliveries. Angela Woods, marketing coordinator for the city’s economic development department, said the facility, 4445 N. 169th Avenue, was granted a temporary certificate of occupancy on December 19.

In a different realm of construction, NexMetro Communities is hard at work on Avilla Centerra Crossings, its second for-lease new home community in Goodyear, according to the city’s website. The community’s leasing office is open and its first round of move-ins happened in December. According to Leasing Manager Autumn Kalin, the community is planned to be five phases, the next of which she said will be ready for move-ins in February. Each phase consists of around 25 to 30 homes with 184 planned overall. There are one-, two- and three-bedroom detached homes as well as plenty of in-home and neighborhood amenities, plus a bustling surrounding community. For more information, visit avillacenterracrossings.com. Avilla Centerra Crossings is at 15390 W. Centerra Drive.

Next, Waste Management has a new compressed natural gas fueling station in Goodyear, and the company will soon celebrate with the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce. Join the grand opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony at the White Tank Transfer Station, 18605 W. McDowell Road, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 16. According to the chamber’s listing, the fueling station will service Waste Management’s new fleet of Goodyear-serving trucks, which “emit nearly zero particulate emissions, cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 percent, and are quieter than diesel trucks.” For more information on the White Tank Transfer Station, visit wmsolutions.com/locations/details/id/608.

Keeping with the chamber, Pure Patio will host a Business After Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 10. Pure Patio is located at 116 E. Western Avenue, Goodyear. So get your business cards on deck and stop by to mingle with your fellow businessmen and -women.

For more information on either of these chamber-involved events, contact the chamber at 623-932-2260 or info@southwestvalleychamber.org.

Over in Avondale, the Boots to Business Reboot two-step entrepreneurship training program for veterans and their spouses is coming to the Center for Teaching and Learning at Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Road from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 8. For more information contact Mike Pineda at 623-935-8601 or mike.pineda@domail.maricopa.edu, or reach out to 480-322-4634 or ncromean@turnanewleaf.org. To join the Boots to Business community, visit sbavets.force.com. To register for a Reboot class, visit sbavets.force.com/s/b2b-course-information.

That’s all the briefs for this week. Thanks for reading.

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