MOB sees special events as a means for service expansion.
If an uptick in special events indicates recovery, Southern Nevada is starting to thrive. Some event planners are even looking at hosting double the number of events — from festivals to marathons — to recover revenue sacrificed during the pandemic.
Attendees are also ready. As more events like Life Is Beautiful return to Las Vegas, people are anxious to see concerts, participate in activities, attend races and rodeos, and enjoy experiences outdoors. The interest isn't limited to Las Vegas alone. MOB Traffic has been called in as far east as St. George, Utah; as far south as Lake Havasu, Arizona; as far north as Reno, Nevada; and west into California.
"We provide a tremendous amount of support to construction companies and utility service providers across Southern Nevada," explains Jeff Pritchett, CMO of MOB Traffic. "And yet, we find that it's our reputation for special events and film production that continues to drive our service area expansion."
Sometimes the service request comes from production managers and event planners who have worked with MOB Traffic in Las Vegas and appreciate their responsiveness and quality control. Other times, MOB Traffic is referred not only by people in the industry but the communities where those events are hosted.
"Every community wants to benefit from sporting events, outdoor activities, and the entertainment industry but with as little headache as possible," says Pritchett. "They want to minimize the burden on emergency services, law enforcement, and traffic flow and pedestrian safety. How do you do that? By working with a traffic management company that understands insurance requirements, liabilities, regulations, planning, and logistics of each jurisdiction, especially if multiple jurisdictions might include one or more cities, counties, and states."
Along with staffing some of the most experienced certified traffic control technicians and flaggers in the field, MOB Traffic manages one of the largest yards in the region. Their inventory includes thousands of cones, drums, channelizers, barricades, and other specialty equipment such as light towers, message boards, water rails, and yellow crash cushions.
"With our continued growth as the largest privately owned traffic control business in the region, there has never been a better time to join MOB Traffic," said Pritchett. "We're actively hiring flaggers, drivers, and shop personnel all the time — and we're especially interested in hiring hard workers who are interested in the future."
Like most of the construction industry, MOB Traffic has experienced a shortage of qualified employees — especially flaggers, traffic control technicians (drivers), and shop/yard workers. All of the positions call for a positive attitude, attention to detail, schedule flexibility, and the ability to pass a drug test. Traffic control technicians and shop/yard workers must also have a clean driving record.
MOB Traffic asks prospective employees to complete their OSHA 10 (construction) certification, but all other training will be provided by the company. MOB Traffic is well known for its emphasis on employee safety and providing in-house training opportunities — ATSSA Flagger certifications, forklift certifications, and first aid and CPR certifications, among others.
"We're very interested in hard workers — flaggers who are willing to stand outside their entire shift and yard workers who aren't afraid to lift 50 lbs. and load our trucks," says Pritchett. "We're ready to teach anyone whatever they need to know to succeed — even if that means knowing the difference between a flathead and Phillips head screwdriver."
In addition to a competitive starting wage, MOB Traffic also provides employees with insurance and PTO. After a brief probationary period, wages may be re-evaluated. In addition, team members are frequently given opportunities to cross-train and work overtime, especially to meet the needs of short-term special events.
"All the while, our team members are working for or side-by-side with partners who understand the job. All of us started in traffic control management as flaggers or drivers," says Pritchett. "We know it can be a hard job at times, but we also know there is always room for advancement. This is the kind of company where you accept a job and find a career."
For more information about Masters of Barricades in Las Vegas or anywhere in their growing service areas, visit their website's services and estimates section. For position openings, visit the careers section.
MOB traffic has the finest traffic control planning department in the region — Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and California — with almost a dozen experienced drafting planners on staff. MOB is well known for shortening turnaround times by sending plans to all appropriate city, county, or state jurisdictions. Even if the special event or production is in a new area, MOB Traffic will quickly assess area regulations and find ways to make everything work — at any point in the project. They can also advise on the appropriate use of signage, design proper traffic safety management plans, and maximize work zone compliance during an event or construction.