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Phoenix Garbage Truck Driver Lands Childhood Dream Jobhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/2865Public Works (Trash and Recycling)9/21/2023 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2865/Lyon newsroom.jpghttps://youtu.be/otE5vn6DoDM?si=NRExYYmB7YKnTtHsPhoenix Garbage Truck Driver Lands Childhood Dream Job<div class="ExternalClassE3ADAA85833546D4942EF76926A6888B"><html> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0">While m</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0">ost kids</span> <span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0"> </span> <span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0">say they know </span> <span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0">what they w</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0">ant to be when they grow up</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0">, </span> <span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0">many adults </span> <span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0">will tell you t</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0">hey had no idea they would end up in their current career.</span> <span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0"> Perhaps that’s why </span> <span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0">Lyon Marcheschi</span> <span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:16px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW25178961 BCX0"> is so excited to have the job he always hoped for.</span> </span></span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“This is definitely a dream come true, in a way,” he said. “Ever since I could remember, I was really fascinated by garbage trucks.”</span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Marcheschi’s obsession with the roaring engines, the squeaking brakes, and the boom of a side arm started years ago. He was able to dig up a 2005 picture of himself happily pointing to a garbage truck in front of his house. He was just five years old. As time went on, he began doing more than just watching the trucks from the sidewalk.</span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“I started following my trash drivers when I was 8 to 10 years old. I would just grab my bike, and I started around six am. I’d go find them when they were just starting and I’d go out and follow them all day on summer vacation,” he said. </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“Each year I kind of went further and further and then I was doing about 50 miles on my bike a day.”</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">After a while, the City of Phoenix truck drivers started to recognize Marcheschi along their routes.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“He was sort of a celebrity,” said Richard Cota, who was a bulk trash foreman when Marcheschi was a kid. “He was a favorite among the operators because he would film us and he would be around us all the time. We knew his passion around this.”</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">The videos Marcheschi shot got better with time, experience, and better equipment. He got shots of the trucks driving by, of barrel collection, and of operators collecting bulk trash. Occasionally, he would narrate what was happening. As an 11-year-old, Marcheschi started posting his videos on Youtube.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> Eventually he got a nicer camera and started refining his work. </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">His channel, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/THETRASH153" target="_blank">THETRASH153</a>, has almost 1,700 subscribers. His 300+ videos have garnered more than one million views. And yet his visits with the solid waste equipment operators (SWEOs) weren’t only about capturing video.</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“They kind of hooked me up with some route maps, and I would fold them up, take them home, and I’d put them in a binder,” Marcheschi recalled. “I had a pretty good collection going of all the service area routes. Almost like a fantasy league of some sort.”</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">After years of what could be called an unofficial, unpaid internship, Marcheschi finally had the chance to become a paid apprentice with the City of Phoenix Public Works Department.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“Many, many operators knew of Lyon,” Cota said. “So when we heard his name finally becoming – that he was an applicant to become a City of Phoenix employee, a lot of us were really happy because we’d known him for years. Lyon knew some of the areas better than some of the foremen did!”</span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">When Marcheschi was hired as an apprentice, his first foreman was none other than Richard Cota.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":0,"335559737":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“At first, when I saw that Richard was going to be my foreman, it’s kind of cool. It takes the edge off of meeting a new foreman. I had already known him since I was like 15, so it was kind of cool,” Marcheschi said.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":0,"335559737":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">The SWEO apprenticeship is a two-year program during which apprentices get classroom training, on-the-job training, a paycheck, and ultimately their commercial driver license (CDL). Marcheschi’s hard work during his initial years with Public Works paid off; he was named the City of Phoenix’s 2023 Apprentice of the Year.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":0,"335559737":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“I think Lyon was the apprentice of the year because of his work ethic, his attitude, he comes to work every day, he works hard.," Cota said. “I was not surprised at all. He excels in pretty much everything we ask of him. I think it’s a good reflection on the department. It’s showing that this apprenticeship program works; we bring in good quality people.”</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“Lyon is out there now modeling for others around him on what it means to be a great city employee and provide an excellent service to our customers,” said Assistant Public Works Director Felipe Moreno, who nominated Lyon for the award.</span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“It felt pretty crazy at first because you think back to when you’re a kid, and you kind of want to tell that kid that he’ll be getting awarded from the city, along with just getting to do the job, it would probably be – you couldn’t believe it,” Marcheschi said.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Marcheschi has completed his apprenticeship and is now a full-time SWEO with his own route. His childhood dreams have also come full circle -- the kid who once followed around garbage truck drivers now has kids who come follow </span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">him</span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> as he collects their trash.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“The drivers I saw growing up, they inspired me to do what they did,” he said.</span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px;"> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}">Now the inspiration lives on for another generation.</span> </span></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksVideopublic-worksPublic Works#garbagetrucks #trashtrucks #publicworks #recyclingGarbage collection, solid wasteSpencer Blake602-501-0620spencer.blake@phoenix.govTalkingTrashPHX

 

 

United Foods International (USA), Inc. to Expand Global Footprint with a New State-of-the-Art Facility in Phoenix https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/3143Community and Economic Development6/24/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3143/Newsroom_CED_037.jpgUnited Foods International (USA), Inc. to Expand Global Footprint with a New State-of-the-Art Facility in Phoenix <div class="ExternalClass92C9B534349F4ADF92E770117EA20D99"><html> <p> United Foods International (USA), Inc. is excited to announce a cutting-edge production facility within the Envision Dobbins 202 West Industrial Park in Phoenix. This facility will allow UFI to double its liquid production in the state and expand its capabilities to meet growing demands. When the facility is fully operational, UFI plans to hire upwards of 100 employees.<br></p> <p> "Great things are happening in our City, and we are excited to have United Foods International (UFI), Inc. choose Phoenix as the location of their new production facility," said Mayor Kate Gallego. "Their investment boosts economic opportunities for our local economy and contributes to our City's thriving food industry."<br></p> <p> "We are thrilled to bring our unique and authentic food products to the vibrant city of Phoenix," said Take Shimura, President and COO of United Foods International. "Beyond the mainstream flavors, our goal is to provide consumers with a taste of Japanese and Asian cultures through our diverse range of offerings, while also supporting the local economy by creating jobs and partnerships with local suppliers."<br></p> <p> According to Phoenix Community and Economic Development Director, Chris Mackay, "This new facility is a testament to Phoenix's strong business climate and skilled workforce. We are proud that UFI has chosen our city as its hub for expanding its operations.” </p> <p> The 126,000-square-foot facility will house advanced spray dryers and initially process over 2.5 million gallons of liquid into powders annually. With future plans for additional drying chamber installations, the facility's capabilities are set to double to 5.0 million gallons. Leveraging a unique liquid-to-powder atomization process and a team of industry experts, the new facility is poised to cater to clients seeking custom powder solutions as part of their food ingredients. <br></p> <p> “UFI’s new facility underscores Phoenix’s position as a market of choice for both food- and manufacturing-related users,” said JLL Senior Managing Director Riley Gilbert, who represented UFI in the site selection and lease negotiations for its new Valley location. “They will also be an exciting addition to the Loop 202 – South Mountain Freeway corridor which, thanks to astute planning by the City of Phoenix, has become a major new hub for respected manufacturing entities like UFI.”<br></p> <p> This new production facility will be the second for UFI in Phoenix. It’s first Phoenix facility began operation in 2021 and is growing exponentially, creating the need for UFI to significantly increase its liquid processing capabilities. The new UFI facility increases the company’s local footprint to 236,000 square feet and will allow UFI to double its liquid production in Phoenix to 8.0 milion gallons annually. <br></p> <p> Construction on the new facility is underway, and operations are expected to begin in the summer of 2025.To showcase their new facility and meet with prospective clients, United Foods International (USA), Inc. will be attending the IFT First Expo. <br></p> <p> United Foods International (USA), Inc. Established in the US in 1988, UFI currently has contract manufacturing facilities in Hayward, CA, Belcamp, MD, and Phoenix, AZ. Their private label products include sauces, dressings, condiments, and dry blends such as batter mixes and seasonings, catering to a wide range of industries including restaurants and retail outlets. <br></p> <p> For more information about United Foods International (USA), Inc., please visit ufiusa.com. <br></p> <p> <strong>M​edia Contact:</strong> </p> <p> Athena Sanchez <br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">C</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">o</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">mmunications Manager <br></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Cit</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">y of Phoenix<br></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">602-621-0507<br></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov </span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNews
Phoenix Mobile Career Unit Hosts Successful Event at UMOM, Connecting Job Seekers with Employershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/3142Community and Economic Development6/22/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3142/Newsroom_CED_036.jpgPhoenix Mobile Career Unit Hosts Successful Event at UMOM, Connecting Job Seekers with Employers<div class="ExternalClassEEA044ADB4E24E8A86BAD3475D99302C"><html> <p>The City of Phoenix Mobile Career Unit (MCU), recently hosted a successful event at UMOM, drawing over 150 job seekers and resulting in 65 on-the-spot job offers. Held on Wednesday, June 12, the MCU event saw a high turnout as community members explored job opportunities and connected with employers.  </p> <p>The event featured top employers such as Chipotle, Starbucks, Food City, and Bashas, actively seeking to fill vacant positions within their companies. Attendees had the chance to network and apply for various job openings in the food industry.</p> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego also expressed her excitement about the turnout and its positive impact on the local community. "I am thrilled to see so many job seekers taking advantage of this opportunity to connect with potential employers. This event is a great example of how our city is working on many fronts to support upward economic mobility and connect residents with meaningful employment opportunities," said Mayor Gallego. </p> <p>At the start of the Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department's Business and Workforce Division's program, the goal was to achieve 208 job offers by June 2025. As of Wednesday, the team has surpassed the program goal with 211 job offers, with another year remaining to serve the community.</p> <p>The MCU, a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge, is a part of the City of Phoenix's workforce development efforts to bridge the gap between job seekers and employers. The unit travels around the city, bringing job opportunities directly to communities that may face barriers to accessing employment resources.</p> <p>"We are dedicated to helping individuals find meaningful employment and supporting our local businesses by connecting them with qualified candidates," said LaSetta Hogans, Deputy Director of the Business and Workforce Development Division for the City of Phoenix. "This event was a great success, and we look forward to hosting more events like this in the future." </p> <p>The City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department encourages employers with workforce needs and individuals seeking employment or career advancement to take advantage of their services and attend upcoming events. For more information on upcoming events and resources available, please visit phoenix.gov/mayor/mcu.​<br><br></p> <p> <strong>Media Contact:</strong> <br>Athena Sanchez <br>City of Phoenix <br>Community and Economic Development <br>Call/text: 602-621-0507<br>Email: <a href="mailto:athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov</a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNews
Phoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3141Parks and Recreation6/21/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3141/El-Oso-Sunscreen-Dispenser.jpgPhoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancer<div class="ExternalClass308CA226358745318F801EEEA515EEE4"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce a partnership with IMPACT Melanoma, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing skin cancer. This collaboration aims to enhance sun safety practices at various splash pad locations across the City by providing free sunscreen to park visitors.<br></p> <p>The decision to initiate this partnership comes as a response to the pressing need for increased awareness and prevention of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, which poses a significant health risk in Arizona's sunny climate. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 100,640 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2024 alone.</p> <p>"Our desert environment exposes us to intense UV radiation, making sun protection a critical aspect of public health," said Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Cynthia Aguilar. "By joining forces with IMPACT Melanoma, we are taking proactive steps to ensure the well-being of our community members and promote sun-safe behaviors."</p> <p>“IMPACT Melanoma is thrilled to partner with Phoenix Parks and Recreation to share melanoma prevention education and provide free sunscreen at neighborhood splash pads," said IMPACT Melanoma Executive Director Deb Girard.</p> <p>Under this partnership, IMPACT Melanoma will supply six portable sunscreen dispensers to be strategically placed at select splash pad locations throughout the City. These dispensers will be regularly maintained and refilled with sunscreen throughout the 2024 splash pad season, which runs from May 25 to October 1.</p> <p>The six splash pad sites participating in this initiative include:</p> <ul> <li>Altadena Park - 3711 E. Altadena Ave.</li> <li>Margaret T. Hance Park – 67 W. Culver St.</li> <li>El Oso Park - 3451 N. 75th Ave.</li> <li>Mariposa Park - 3150 W. Morten Ave.</li> <li>Nuestro Park - 1433 S. 9th St.</li> <li>Trailside Point Park - 7215 W. Vineyard Rd.</li> </ul> <p>The partnership agreement was unanimously approved by the Parks and Recreation Board, reflecting the collective dedication to safeguarding public health and promoting sun safety practices. As summer approaches, this collaborative effort stands as a testament to the City's commitment to the well-being of its residents.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

 

 

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