Danby Products, a Guelph, Ontario, Canada-based firm that fabricates a broad array of refrigeration and specialty appliances, recently announced plans to open a Southern distribution warehouse in Saraland. The new center will serve customers located across the Southeast, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and parts of Texas.

According to a news release, the site will be a spacious 125,000-square-foot facility that eventually will include a small factory outlet retail store as well. Once fully operational, the branch will employ 25 full-time local workers.

Scheduled to open in late April, the new depot is located at 252 Jacintoport Blvd. in the Mobile River Industrial Park area of Saraland. David Dexter with NAI Mobile represented Danby in the lease transaction.

Eian Campbell, director of operations with Danby, said the company evaluated the ability of numerous locations to receive inbound ocean containers in conjunction with a review of outbound transportation services, specifically road and rail. Danby also evaluated warehousing opportunities coupled with a review of the skill sets of the local workforce. 

“The results of this study determined that Mobile and the surrounding area was the ideal location for the Danby group of companies to put its new distribution warehouse,” Campbell said. “We are extremely excited about this new business opportunity and the ability it enables to grow our business with our current and new customers located in the southern United States.”

Danby will be utilizing the Port of Mobile, which is served by all major rail lines including Norfolk Southern and CSX, to receive incoming merchandise in ocean containers. With this expansion, they will be able to extend current business relationships with vital transportation providers.

“We are excited that Danby has decided to add Saraland to the list of cities it calls home. Mobile County and the entire region benefit from the diversity this distribution center adds to our business and industry profile,” said Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood, whose district includes Saraland.

Founded in 1947, Danby is one of North America’s largest manufacturers offering appliances such as microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. Some well known retailers offering products from Danby include Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Amazon and Office Depot.

The company operates three distinct business units — Danby, MicroFridge and Silhouette. Including Saraland, the family-owned business will now have four North American offices.

Commercial real estate moves

The owner of Olde Mobile Antiques recently purchased a new 25,000-square-foot retail and warehouse space located at 653 St. Louis St. in downtown Mobile. The property sits on a 1.06-acre site with a combined frontage of about 750 feet spanning St. Louis Street North, Washington Avenue and North Dearborn Street.

Known for its large estate sales, the local business will be relocating from its current spot at 1616 West Interstate 65 Service Road to the to the new location later this year after completion of renovations. NAI Mobile represented the sellers in the transaction and Elaine Campbell of Praytor Realty worked for the buyers.

Sharon Wright with White-Spunner Realty reported Lee Properties sold its 8,200-square-foot space located at 1557 Spring Hill Ave. to local investors for $325,000. Wright handled the transaction for both buyer and seller.

JLL recently leased the first floor of the Landmark Square Building located at 169 Dauphin St. where they plan to relocate their offices by late spring, according to Allen Garstecki and Buff Teague of JLL. Richard Inge of Inge & Associates handled the transaction on behalf of the landlord.

According to Terry McKinney with Delaney Land and Realty, developers recently purchased approximately one acre of land on 1307 St. Stephens Road (Highway 45, adjacent to I-65) in Prichard for $255,000. Plans are in place to develop the property into a Family Dollar Store retail site. McKinney represented the sellers and Pratt Thomas with Merrill Thomas and Co. worked for the buyers.

Wilkins Miller, an accounting and advisory firm with offices in Mobile and Fairhope, announced a move and expansion of its Baldwin County location to accommodate growth. The new space, located at 56 S. Section St., triples its office square footage in downtown Fairhope. An open house reception is slated for Friday, April 1, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 5.

Per Cameron Weavil with the Weavil Company, the former 3,800-square-foot Red Lion Club, located at 3211 Spring Hill Ave. on one acre of property, was purchased by an investor for $175,000. The new owner plans to open a new bar/restaurant business on the site. The property is also adjacent to a Dairy Queen eatery.  

Miller Transfer moves into Brookley Aeroplex
Announcing another quality out-of-state business tenant arrival at the Mobile Aeroplex in Brookley Aeroplex, the Mobile Airport Authority and Rootstown, Ohio-based Miller Transfer have signed an agreement for the transportation and logistics company to set up shop near the $600 million Airbus campus.

Miller Transfer currently has one of the largest transport fleets in terms of capacity in the country. They will occupy offices at the Mobile Airport Authority Headquarters building on the second floor in the Aerospace Incubator Strategy space, known as Building 11.

The company will be responsible for the logistics of physically moving highly valuable major component assemblies from the Port of Mobile across town to Mobile’s Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility.

According to a news release, Miller Transfer opened in 1968 and is currently ranked 31st in the world by International Cranes and Specialized Transport for 2015. It holds a number of certifications in international safe transport and has received numerous recognitions and awards for safety. Miller’s current locations are concentrated in the eastern U.S.