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SAYREVILLE, NJ-Sabert Corp. has taken a major step forward toward building a new headquarters building, signing a three-way agreement to buy the 12-acre site for the proposed facility. The site is currently owned by the Middlesex County Utilities Authority, which under the terms of the agreement will sell it to the Sayreville Economic Redevelopment Agency. The latter will then sell it to Sabert for a reported $1.9 million.

What Sabert, a manufacturer of plastic food packaging products for foodservice distribution, has in mind for the site is a $6 million, 167,000-sf facility that will house its new headquarters. Plans call for a mix of 50,000 sf of office space, including a training center. The rest of the two-story building would be used for a combination of R&D and warehouse space, according to company officials.

“This should help us support the growth we are anticipating,” says a spokesman for the company. “That’s particularly true in the areas of staff and research and development. We’re looking forward to expanding in Sayreville.”

Sabert already has its headquarters in this Middlesex County city of 40,000 people, about a mile from the site of the new proposed building. The company began with a 50,000-sf building in the late 1980s and has since grown that original facility to a total of 250,000 sf. The new building will be in addition to the existing facility–once administrative and related functions are moved to the new site, the existing building will be used only for manufacturing purposes, company officials say.

Located along the Main Street Extension here, the new facility still faces several rounds of regulatory activity. Still to be accomplished is a wetlands permit from the New Jersey DEP – part of the site is classified as wetlands, and a portion of that is not buildable. Also on the agenda is clearance from the local planning board, which has to go through the hearing process first. Company and local officials both say they hope to see a groundbreaking by the end of the year.

“We are all very proud that a growing company like Sabert has chosen Sayreville for their work headquarters,” says SERA chairman Christine Spezzi, in a prepared statement. “Their success is Sayreville’s success.”

Sabert’s clientele include a cross-section of restaurants, retailers and wholesalers. Among its major clients are Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, Sysco Foods, Wegmans, Subway, Applebee’s and BJ’s, among a number of others.

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