Parsippany, NJ – May 5, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Reckitt Benckiser held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Logistics and Custom Manufacturing Center on May 5, 2009 in Tooele, Utah. Construction will take place over the course of 2009, with the site expected to begin operation in the first quarter of 2010.
The event was attended by representatives of the Governor’s Office for Economic Development, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, and Tooele County.
“We are excited to become a part of the Tooele County community,” said Brad Newman, Director of North America Supply Services for Reckitt Benckiser. “An extensive study of our supply chain determined that distribution from the Salt Lake City area will improve our financial results and also enhance service for the growing concentration of customers in the Pacific Northwest and in Western Canada.”
“The $35 million capital investment by Reckitt Benckiser and the construction of this 600,000 sq. foot facility in Utah is a great statement of confidence in the State of Utah and its people. We have all used products like Lysol, Woolite, Electrasol and French’s Mustard; now Utah workers will be an important part of this great company. The fact that Utah continues to attract strong, profitable and growing companies will help our job base and our economic viability for decades to come,” said Jason Perry, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
“We congratulate Reckitt Benckiser on its new expansion in Tooele County,” says Jeff Edwards, president and CEO of Economic Development Corporation of Utah. “As our communities, state and businesses work together on these important opportunities, we are especially pleased that Reckitt Benckiser with its long history and prominent brands has chosen to come to our state to create these quality jobs and capital investment.”
The new Logistics Center, the first building in Miller Motorsports Business Park, is being developed through a collaborative effort between USAA and Greenfield Builders. The building will be owned by USAA Real Estate Company and will be leased to Reckitt Benckiser on a long term basis. The terms of the lease agreement will remain confidential. RB’s real estate activities were represented by Summit Realty Group, a member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance and its local Utah affiliate, Commerce CRG.
The project will include a 574,106 square foot building that will consist of 16,000 square feet of office and 510,000 square feet of warehouse and custom packaging operations. The design allows for an additional 220,000 square feet of future expansion. Reckitt Benckiser expects to ultimately create over 100 jobs at the site.
The new facility will replace an existing Logistics Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix Logistics Center, which is run by a third-party, will close when the transition of customers currently serviced from that location is completed.
The Salt Lake City Logistics Center will also eventually assume responsibility for customers in Western Canada that are currently serviced from Reckitt Benckiser’s Logistics Center in Milton, Canada, location. This transition will take place after the Salt Lake City site has successfully assimilated the business from the Phoenix location. The Milton Logistics Center will remain in operation servicing the Eastern Canadian business.
About Reckitt Benckiser
Reckitt Benckiser is a world leader in household, health and personal care.
It is a FTSE top 25 company and since 2000 net revenues have doubled and the market cap has quadrupled. Today it is the global No 1 or No 2 in the majority of its fast-growing categories, driven by an exceptional rate of innovation – near 40% of revenue comes from innovations launched in the prior 3 years. It has a strong portfolio led by 17 global powerbrands which are: Finish, Lysol, Dettol, Vanish, Woolite, Calgon, Airwick, Harpic, Bang, Mortein, Veet,, Nurofen, Clearasil, Strepsils Gaviscon, Mucinex and French’s, and they account for over two thirds of its net revenue.
Reckitt Benckiser people are at the heart of the company’s success. They have an intense drive for progress and action and a desire to outperform wherever they focus, including in CSR where the Company has the most ambitious corporate responsibility programme in the industry through its Carbon 20 initiative.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the Company employs 23,000 people worldwide, with operations in 60 countries and sales in 180 countries.
For more information visit RECKITTBENCKISER.COM
About Summit Realty Group
Summit Realty Group is a top-tier commercial real estate firm located in Indianapolis, Indiana providing Office, Industrial, Investment, Site Acquisition, Retail, Corporate Services, and Property Management Services. An Alliance Member of Cushman &Wakefield, a global provider real estate provider, Summit offers in-depth, comprehensive real estate solutions via a team of highly skilled Brokers and in-house Market Research, Marketing, and Client Support staff. For more information about Summit Realty Group, visit www.summitrealtygroup.com.
About Commerce CRG
Commerce CRG, headquartered in Salt Lake City, with five Utah offices, a Las Vegas office and active real estate involvement throughout the Intermountain West, has been the leading provider of real estate brokerage services in Utah for 30 years. As an Alliance Member of Cushman & Wakefield, Commerce CRG provides consulting, brokerage, tenant representation, property and facilities management and valuation services to corporations, institutions and investors throughout the Rocky Mountain States. The firm is one of 21 members of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance Program. www.commercecrg.com
About Greenfield Builders
Greenfield Builders, Inc. is a full service national general contractor specializing in design-build projects ranging in size from 10,000 to over 1,500,000 square feet. We provide turnkey construction services for all types of projects, including industrial, distribution, manufacturing, commercial, office and retail projects. We have experienced steady growth due to a reputation for quality, cost efficiency, aggressive construction delivery and customer service. Having constructed millions of square feet of new facilities across the United States, Greenfield Builders, Inc. provides high quality buildings that meet economic and operational needs. We tailor construction services to meet the specific needs of our clients. Our client commitment is unsurpassed and is a critical element to our success. For more information visit www.greenfieldbuilders.com.
About USAA Real Estate Company
USAA Real Estate Company, with over $5 billion of assets, provides co-investment, acquisition, build-to-suit and development services for corporate and institutional investors. In addition the company provides investment vehicles for domestic and foreign investors. The USAA portfolio consists of office, industrial, retail and hotel properties with annual volume transactions exceeding $3 billion. USAA Real Estate Company is a subsidiary of USAA, which has served military families since 1922 and has become one of America’s leading financial services companies. For more information about USAA Real Estate Company, visit www.usrealco.com.
Founded in February of 2002, Ginovus is an Indianapolis-based economic development advisory services firm. Ginovus is a leading provider of national site selection, public policy development, community comparative analysis, and economic development incentive procurement & management services to private sector, educational, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations located throughout North America. Ginovus is an independently incorporated and managed affiliate of the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, which has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Northern Kentucky; Phoenix, Arizona; and Beijing China. For more information about Ginovus, visit www.ginovus.com.
EDCUtah is an investor-based public/private partnership working to promote the state of Utah. EDCUtah specializes in being a comprehensive source of critical economic data, as well as both public and private contacts in order to facilitate the recruitment of out-of-state companies and the expansion of local business.
About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development: The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Huntsman’s commitment to economic development statewide. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. The GOED mission is: To nurture an environment where Utah companies can be successful and the business community can create jobs that raise Utah citizen’s standard of living.