Bill Heim, executive vice president, and associate EloyCovarrubias, of Lee & Associates' Ontario office, representedAMB in the lease at the AMB Redlands Distribution Center.

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MGA Entertainment currently occupies a building in Rialto at1464 Merrill Ave., but plans dual occupancy until December, whenthe company will move all its warehouse operations to the Redlandsfacility, according to Covarrubias.

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MGA Entertainment was represented by Les Small & Company.John Meyer, Scott Recknor and Kim Snyder of AMB were also involvedin the negotiations.Covarrubias views the lease as an expression ofconfidence in the Inland Empire market, which he echoes. "It's agreat shot in the arm to the Inland Empire market," saysCovarrubias. "Just in the last couple of months we've seen anincrease in market activity, and I think you'll see a lot moreindustrial market movement in the next couple of months."

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The AMB Redlands Distribution Center is a 1.3 million sfbuilding that MGA Entertainment will share with an existing user.The distribution center, believed to be the largest building alongthe I-10 corridor, was built in 2007.

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This distribution community, which harbors the goods directlyfrom the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, is uniquelypositioned to handle the continued growth from the Pacific Rim,says Covarrubias.

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"There's still a large population in the Los Angeles basin, andthat will always be a constant driver, and having the ports of LAand Long Beach in our back yard is also a plus," he says.

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Since MGA's inception in 1997, the private company has continuedto grow with the success of its Bratz Dolls line of toys. MGAEntertainment manufactures lines of proprietary and licensedproducts including toys and games, dolls, consumer electronics,home décor, stationary and sporting goods.

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