Located in sunny Maricopa County, Chandler, Arizona, it was first created from 18,000 acres of land purchased by Dr. Alexander John “AJ” Chandler in 1891. He was the first veterinary surgeon in the Arizona Territory and settled his “Chandler Ranch” south of Mesa while studying irrigation. The townsite office opened in 1912, and by the following year, the town center had become established. This included the Hotel San Marcos, which had the first grass golf course in the state. The town was incorporated in 1920 after 186 people petitioned the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for approval. Dr. Chandler was chosen as the town’s first mayor and first president of the Town Council. By 1950, the town only had about 3,800 people, but by 1980 that number swelled to 30,000. The establishment of several manufacturing plants for computing firms has contributed to explosive growth in the city’s population, which has now cleared 238,000 people living in almost 100,000 homes, in one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the country.
In the 1980s, Chandler became a mecca for the manufacturing industry, particularly for communications companies such as Intel, Motorola, and Microchip. There are over 268 manufacturing companies employing over 26,000 people, which is even more impressive when you compare that number to the city’s population. Intel is a multinational tech company, started in 1980, that has two campuses in Chandler. Altogether this large company has around 12,000 professionals working at these two structures alone. In 2021 announcements were made that $20 billion was to be invested to construct two more fabrication facilities, which was expected to create 3,000 more high-wage jobs. Northrop Grumman is another huge corporation with operations here. The launch vehicle business started in the 1980s and recently moved into a brand-new 633,000-square-foot campus. They have more than 2,000 employees in Chandler and continue to hire. Avnet is one of the world’s largest electronic components and embedded solutions distributors. It has a logistics and distribution center running here that has roughly 1,100 workers running it.
The City of Chandler, since experiencing an enormous economic and population boom over the last few decades, has become a powerhouse of and award-winning city. Named an All-America City by the National Civic League in 2012, the city’s heart is its renovated and redesigned historic downtown district, which has such important places as the Chandler City Hall and the Chandler Center for the Arts. The Chandler Museum is an amazingly designed campus that showcases locally created and nationally traveling exhibits of various art and history cultural displays. The museum boasts a new 10,000 square foot property adjacent to the historic McCullough Price House. Built to complement the historical site, visitors can view the Infinite Shade, a sculpture that functions as a shade structure. At night, it is clothed in multicolored light for a beautiful, unique display.
Chandler is known for being one of the best places to raise a family in the Phoenix area. The schools are highly rated, most of the homes are gorgeous, and there are plenty of local businesses and public facilities for residents to enjoy. One thing the city hasn’t been able to escape, however, is the heat, and when air conditioners go out, it’s a problem that can’t wait to be fixed. If you’re having problems with your heaters, air conditioners, air quality systems, or something similar, it’s time to give Norris Air a holler. With over 49 years in the industry, we’ll get your systems back up and running. Contact us today to discuss our services or for an estimate.