SALT LAKE CITY-Kern Schumacher, a locally based industrial property owner and developer, has begun construction this week on more than two million square feet of industrial space, of which the first phase will be 507,000 square feet, resulting in an increase to his portfolio to nearly 10 million square feet in Utah, California and Nevada.

Freeport West Industrial Properties is the managing entity. Bradley J. Ross, Freeport West’s executive managing director, says that the company will build the space “because we see continued growth in industrial property development with companies that need to expand.” He adds, “Simply put, we believe in the economic strength of Utah, which Forbes named as the number one state in the country for business and growth.”

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