FAIRLESS HILLS, PA—GMA Garnet USA, a miner and processor of industrial garnets, has renewed and expanded its lease in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex in Fairless Hills, about 22 miles outside Philadelphia.
Greg Barra, CCIM, with Boyd Commercial/CORFAC International in Houston, TX and Michael Bartolacci in The Garibaldi Group/CORFAC International’s Lehigh Valley (Bethlehem, PA) office jointly represented GMA Garnet USA in the transaction.
GMA Garnet USA leased 166,656 square feet in the T3 building at Keystone Industrial Port Complex. GMA Garnet had previously occupied 77,376 square feet at the industrial complex, which is served by a deep water port on the Delaware River, and which has access to Routes 1, 95, 295, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Turnpikes.
GMA Garnet owns and operates the world’s largest industrial garnet mining and processing operation – based in Western Australia. GMA Garnet clients use the mineral for blast cleaning, water-jet cutting of metals and other material, plus other industrial purposes.
GMA ships approximately 10,000 ton parcels of garnet in loose bulk to the Keystone Industrial Port Complex facility for storage. From there the garnet is run through a quality control processing and packaging plant. GMA Garnet also intends to construct a large scale garnet recycling plant at the facility.
According to Barra, GMA Garnet is expanding its business operations throughout the US by opening recycling facilities to clean and repurpose the garnet it supplies to customers. The company brings shiploads of the pink garnet sand – a very hard mineral, and stores the garnet in piles in industrial buildings like the one at the KIPC facility. From there it packages the mineral in 1.75-ton super-sacks or much smaller, 55-pound bags, before shipping.
Barra has represented the company in leasing industrial space in Reserve, LA (near New Orleans) and Stockton, CA, other port-served markets that enable the company to bring its raw product to the U.S., then process and distribute it to customers throughout North America.