Bay Valley, a wholly owned subsidiary of TreeHouse Foods Inc.,will use the facility primarily as a warehouse and distributioncenter. The company will also package and label canned soupproducts in the facility. Bay Valley chose the site, in part,because "the infrastructure of the intersection of I-88 and I-39 isvery strategic for them…(for) access for their customers and accessfor incoming products," Kiersey says. Additionally, "there is theopportunity that the building could be rail-served."


The building will use sustainable design and constructiontechniques, such as recycled and locally sourced materials and anenergy-efficient florescent lighting system, he says. Constructionon the facility has already begun and is expected to be completedby the end of the fourth quarter, Kiersey tells Thefacility is reportedly expected to initially house between 80 and100 employees. Bay Valley reportedly received a three-year taxabatement for the site.


The park is on 300 acres at the intersection of interstates 88and 39, in the growing I-39 submarket, and is about 75 miles westof Chicago. When completely built out, the park is expected to have10 distribution facilities with a total of four million sf.ProLogis is "aggressively seeking other build-to-suit customers"and is not planning on building a speculative building at thistime, Kiersey says.


Bay Valley's building will be the second facility in the park.Del Monte and Cincinnati-based Clark Steel Framing Systems leasespace in the building at 501 Steward Rd., in the park. Del MonteCorp. has a three-year lease through 2009 for 364,755 sf in thebuilding. Clark Steel has a 10-year lease through 2015 for 214,820sf, as previously reported by The 579,575-sf buildingat 501 Stewart Rd. was constructed on a speculative basis on a26.8-acre site in the northwest corner of the park and can beexpanded to 1.2 million sf. The building, which was completed in2005, was constructed by Reno, NV-based DP Partners, who had beendeveloping the park as LogistiCenter in Rochelle. ProLogis acquiredthe park as part of a larger acquisition from DP Partners lastsummer, Kiersey says.

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