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VICTORVILLE, CA-Newell Rubbermaid has signed a 10-year, $15 million lease for nearly 408,000 sf of warehouse space at the 8,500-acre Southern California Logistics Airport, becoming the first major distribution tenant on site at the redevelopment of the former George Air Force base by Stirling Capital Investments. Rubbermaid may expand the facility by 600,000 sf in the next five years, according to SCLA officials, who expect Rubbermaid to locate to the 408,000 sf in September.

The Newell Rubbermaid building will be the first facility developed during Phase I construction at SCLA, with the full first phase to include approximately 6.4 million sf of industrial facilities. Developer Stirling Capital Investments is a joint venture between Stirling Enterprises of Foothill Ranch and publicly held Denver-based DCT Industrial Trust Inc.

The build-to-suit bulk distribution facility for Newell Rubbermaid is the first of several warehouse and distribution buildings to be developed during Phase I construction at the logistics center. The Phase I development is being financed through a $350 million investment from Stirling Capital Investments.

Newell Rubbermaid, a global marketer of consumer and commercial products, will operate the company’s Graco unit, which manufactures infant and juvenile products, from its facility at SCLA. The company will join a list of tenants nearby that includes Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., M&M/Mars, ConAgra Foods, Nutro Products Inc., General Electric and Pratt & Whitney.

Dougall Agan, a principal with Stirling, says the deal is a response to the increase in trade through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the shortage of land in Los Angeles for such multimodal sites. According to Art Garcia, director of real estate and property for Newell Rubbermaid, the company chose the SCLA for its access to the ports as well as access to Interstate 15, Highway 395 and other transportation lines.

The 6.4 million sf planned in Phase I at SCLA will be situated on more than 350 acres. The new industrial space will be built on a speculative basis and will include a range of types of distribution and multitenant facilities.

Stirling Capital Investments was represented by Jay Dick, Darla Longo, Mark Latimer and Jeff Morgan of CB Richard Ellis in the lease with Rubbermaid. The tenant was represented by Chuck Belden, Suzanne Serino and Mike Fonda of Cushman & Wakefield.

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