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John DeGrinis John DeGrinis is a senior executive VP at Colliers International.

L’Oreal USA could be the catalyst for big growth in Kern County. The company recently signed a 240,000-square-foot lease at the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center, moving its current operations in Santa Clarita to Kern County. L’Oreal considered several other markets, including Reno, NV and the Central Valley market to the north, but settled on Kern County for its close proximity to L.A., access to labor and a local tax incentive program. John DeGrinis of Colliers International says that other companies are likely going to take note.

“We believe that as you see more transactions occur that way, there will be a pathway from users that were located in the north Los Angeles industrial market. A lot of those users thought that you could only go east to the Inland Empire,” DeGrinis, senior EVP at Colliers International and one of the brokers on the deal, tells GlobeSt.com. “The L’Oreal move indicate that there is an alternative available to the market. We are seeing more companies look into Kern County, and because Tejon is the first stop, we are getting a lot of that interest.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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