ORLANDO-Puerto Rico-based Harris Paints plans to enter the area’s manufacturing turf with an 80,000-sf office and plant at Mid Florida and Southport Drives in Airport International Park of Orlando. Harris paid $552,000 or $115,000 per acre ($2.64 per sf) for the 4.8-acre, rail-served parcel. A ground-breaking date hasn’t been announced.

Harris manufactures and wholesales paint products, caulking and adhesives.The 54-year-old firm has a 130,000-sf automated manufacturing complex in Puerto Rico.

The 1,350-acre Airport International Park houses 2.6 million sf of commercial and industrial space built since the park opened in 1982. AIPO has 500 net buildable acres remaining for sale.

Park occupants include City Beverages, KraftMaid Cabinetry, Lockheed Martin, Hertz, Medline Industries, Meyers Bakery, Southeastern Freight Lines, National Detector Dog Training Facility, La Romagnola, Ringhaver Equipment, Averitt Express, Tire Kingdom and Ferguson Enterprises.

Sun Equities Realty negotiated for Harris Paints in the land transaction. AIPO represented itself.

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