Panattoni Development's Texas division will be developing the21-acre project for American Leather, a locally based manufacturerof leather furniture. The project will deliver in November 2003,says Al Sorrels, a Texas partner for the Sacramento-basedPanattoni.

Sorrels, who pegs the project at $10 million, tells GlobeSt.comthat the project was in the market for about a year before AmericanLeather decided. The firm, looking to stay in the southern sector,had whittled the short list down to two. "It was a prettycompetitive deal as are all deals these days," Sorrels says.

American Leather will be relocating from about 170,000 sf inRedbird Industrial Park into an owner-occupied facility. Thebuilding will serve as a headquarters, manufacturing anddistribution site. American Leather, founded in 1990, is one ofDallas' 100 fastest growing companies. Its line is shown at HighPoint in San Francisco and the Dallas factory, a supplier ofhigh-end, imported leather furniture for top-of-the-line retailchains.

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