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Industrial facilities are the hubs of manufacturing, storage and distribution operations across the U.S. With ever-increasing volumes of online orders, fast-delivery options and advanced technologies, these facilities produce, store, and distribute goods and materials at rapid rates—serving as the nerve center of company operations.

Throughout the country, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr attorneys provide comprehensive legal guidance to companies in connection with their industrial facilities, including warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities and energy plants; developers; investors and real estate investment trusts (REITs); and industrial park management companies. We also represent tenants in negotiating leases with industrial warehouse developers and operators.

Our team advises on a wide variety of matters involving industrial properties, such as:

  • Acquisitions/dispositions
  • Financing
  • Leasing
  • Land use and zoning, land development, and permitting
  • Construction
  • Environmental, including permitting and compliance
  • Opportunity Zones, Enterprise Zones, infrastructure grants and other governmental incentives
  • Labor and employment
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Renewable energy, including solar panels and wind turbines
  • PropTech, including electric-car charging stations, autonomous vehicles, robots and automation, artificial intelligence technologies, and drones

 

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Experience

To briefly demonstrate our firm’s strength, depth and capabilities in the industrial sector, our attorneys have advised on these select industrial representations of:

  • A developer and operator of industrial warehouse and distribution facilities on all phases of its operations—from acquisitions, sales and leasing to permitting, construction, and development matters—on all of its 62 industrial properties throughout 16 U.S. states, comprising more than 19 million square feet. In addition to handling transactional matters, we provide strategic counseling and advice in connection with its operations.
  • A manufacturer and supplier of construction and agricultural equipment in the disposition of surplus industrial, manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. We advised on contract negotiations, environmental liability and clean-up responsibility allocation, and the negotiation of remediation agreements, releases and indemnities, and sale-lease backs.
  • A private equity real estate fund in the acquisition and disposition of approximately $200 million in industrial properties in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
  • A logistics real estate company in multiple dispositions of industrial properties throughout Illinois totaling more than $22 million.
  • A large overseas institutional investor in the purchase of a $600+ million, 75-site portfolio of industrial properties in the Chicago metropolitan area in six tranches over 15 months. We also handled the refinancings and restructurings of the portfolio, including a deed-in-lieu transaction for a component of the portfolio.
  • Acquirers, owners and operators of industrial real estate in landlord leasing representation throughout its target markets, including California, Washington, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.
  • An electronics distributor in connection with the lease of 41,446 square feet of space to serve as its new headquarters and center of operations.
  • An industrial REIT in the acquisition and development of a multi-building, two-million-plus square-foot industrial park in Pennsylvania, including LERTA tax designation for a portion of the park.
  • A global logistics park entity in Maryland in the redevelopment of a 3,100-acre former manufacturing site to create a world-class intermodal logistics hub. Our team has led the environmental remediation of this brownfields site and secured favorable agreements on behalf of the client with the U.S. Department of the Environment and the Maryland Department of the Environment. Our attorneys also drafted, negotiated and/or reviewed many of the leases in place. Additionally, we handled the only sale of a portion of the property to a foreign purchaser who will be building a factory to manufacture food products.
  • A private equity real estate firm in its $18.4 million acquisition and financing of a multi-building industrial site in Illinois. We continue to handle the tenant leasing for this property.
  • A ground shipping service company in connection with the acquisition of a 230-acre parcel in Pennsylvania, and with the zoning and land use approvals required to develop a state-of-the-art, 850,000 square-foot distribution hub on the property.
  • A sporting goods company in three build-to-suit leases in Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin, creating more than one million square feet of additional industrial space critical to the company’s expansion strategies.
  • An industrial REIT in land development approvals for a one-million square-foot manufacturing facility in South Central Pennsylvania.
  • A large redistributor of foods in the U.S. in building a four-million square-foot warehouse and distribution facility on a greenfield site in Delaware.
  • A distribution center in South Florida in property acquisition, land use, construction documents and leasing in connection with more than one million square feet of industrial property.
  • An online shopping company in landlord leases, leases of property for its Maryland sort and commerce centers, state and city incentives, and regulatory reviews for Delaware facilities.
  • A private equity real estate firm in its $5.15 million acquisition and financing of a multi-building industrial site in Illinois. We continue to handle the tenant leasing for this property.
  • A North American beverage distributor in property acquisition, land use, construction documents, and leasing in connection with a 250,000 square-foot facility in Tampa, Florida.
  • A Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company in the $66 million sale of its 300,000-square-foot facility to a contract development and manufacturing organization.
  • A Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company in national real estate matters, involving repurposing some sites and the sale acquisition and/or leasing of others. We negotiate agreements, oversee due diligence, and handle the assessment of entitlements and permitting requirements, as well as oversee the issuance of title insurance and closing. We also provide assistance with the disposition of environmental contaminated properties for purposes of redevelopment throughout the U.S.

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Kathleen M. Gilligan
Erik F. Williams
Louis Archambault
Howard R. Majev