ORANGE COUNTY, CA-Stauffer Biscuit Co., the Pennsylvania baker that originated the “animal cracker” cookie decades ago, has signed a $21.5-million lease for a 217,000-sf manufacturing and distribution plant in Santa Ana.

The bakery will stand inside Santa Ana’s Gateway Corporate Centre. Michael Hartel of the Irvine office of Colliers Seeley repped Stauffer Biscuit Co. in the 15-year pact. The Newport Beach office of Property Resources Inc. represented the landlord, OC-based Ewing Development Co.

The 150-year-old York, PA-based Stauffer Biscuit needed the facility to accommodate its West Coast expansion needs, says Cody Plott, president and CEO of Colliers Seeley.

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