Ports America, based in Iselin, New Jersey, manages terminals and handles containers and cruise-line passengers. It also provides stevedoring (a stevedore is a person who works in the loading or unloading of ships) and related services; and is the largest independent marine terminal operator in North America. The company, which manages more than eighty terminals in forty-two North American ports, employs more than 12,000 people. Including predecessor companies, Ports America has more than eighty five years of experience operating American seaports, and is owned by Highstar Capital, a leader in value-added infrastructure investing. .
The company has leased three floors in the Boyer Building at 55 North Arizona Place in Chandler, Arizona, which also houses Western International University. The 65,000 square feet of space was formerly occupied by Chandler City Hall prior to the new city hall being built. Ports America plans to move in by October 31st, and will bring the building occupancy to almost ninety percent.
The new customer service center will bring two hundred jobs to downtown Chandler. The center’s functions in Chandler will include information technology, as well as accounting and human resources, said Christine Mackay, the city’s director of economic development.
“We have worked diligently to secure this company for our downtown area,” said Chandler 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.”
Stephen Staruch, senior vice president of human resources at Ports America, said he is pleased with the location of the new office in Chandler. “We very much appreciate the support and cooperation from the mayor’s office in helping facilitate the leasing and permit process,” Staruch said in a news release.
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