The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) and MTC Logistics recently announced in a news release MTC’s purchase of property located immediately adjacent to ASPA’s container terminal and operated by APM Terminals. Plans are in place for MTC to build a modern, temperature-controlled distribution center focused on international import and export cargo.
“We’re extremely pleased to see this world-class services company invest in both our region and our port. MTC’s investment will create new jobs and add new products to the port’s container intermodal operations,” Jimmy Lyons, ASPA director and CEO said.
“2018 marks 90th anniversaries for both ASPA and MTC. What a great way to celebrate these milestones by building a state-of-the-art international distribution center in Mobile. Under Phase I, MTC will invest approximately $60 million and directly employ 50 to 70 associates at the new facility,” F. Brooks Royster III, president of MTC Logistics, said.
ASPA’s assistance was instrumental, according to Royster. “If not for its unique location, it is unlikely this project would have come to fruition. Being able to find property immediately adjacent to a world-class port such as Mobile and in such close proximity to I-10 is a very unique opportunity,” he said.
“The project received favorable endorsements by local and state officials. We’re appreciative of the tremendous support this project received from the Mobile Chamber, the city and county of Mobile, as well as the State of Alabama. Public support was critical to the final decision to site the facility in Mobile,” Royster added.
“Our goal is to provide our customers with seamless supply chain solutions focused on global commerce,” Ernie Ferguson, vice president of sales with MTC Logistics, said. “This strategic location on the U.S. Gulf Coast will allow us to expand our service offering and we will have a significant focus on import cargo to help balance refrigerated container supply in Mobile.”
The new facility will be more than 12 million cubic feet in size with approximately 40,000 racked pallet positions, and will offer a comprehensive suite of services including blast freezing, port drayage and less-than-load freight consolidation. MTC Logistics has been involved in the temperature-controlled logistics industry for 90 years, according to the company.
Commercial real estate moves
• Trip Casteix, local owner of Jubilee Construction Services, recently reported moving into a new 6,000-square-foot warehouse space at 2610 Old Shell Road, adjacent to the new Midtown Center development. The company specializes in asphalt and concrete upkeep, maintenance and repair services for commercial and residential properties.
• Lewis H. Golden of Hamilton & Co. recently represented Chicago-based Eagle Market Makers Inc. in leasing a new location. The company will relocate to Riverview Office Plaza, Suite 301, in downtown Mobile, a 2,300-square-foot office suite overlooking Royal Street. Gavin Bender Jr. with Bender Real Estate Group Inc. represented the owners in the lease transaction. The company offers equities trading services for investors.
• Pratt Thomas with the Merrill P Thomas Co. Inc. recently reported the lease of some 1,200 square feet of retail space inside University Square Shopping Center, 5201 Old Shell Road, to Pascagoula-based Zeal Boutique. Angie McArthur of Sterling Properties represented the tenant. This will be the retailer’s third store, with locations at 2502 Schillinger Road S. in West Mobile as well as Pascagoula. The new site is expected to open early this month.
• Hamilton & Co. recently represented the owner of Triangle Business Park in leasing its last available building to Des Moines, Iowa-based TWC Services Inc., an installer and servicer of cooking, heating and air conditioning equipment. The company will be relocating to 4946 Tufts Road, near Rangeline Road, into a 5,000-square-foot office and warehouse space. Lewis H. Golden represented the landlord in the transaction.
Fairhope native named new Coca-Cola executive
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United Inc. recently named Fairhope native Lucas B. Gambino as general counsel and vice president, effective September 2018, according to a news release.
Gambino comes to Coca-Cola United from Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, where he practiced banking and corporate law for more than 18 years. Prior to that he worked in the Mobile office of the Sirote & Permutt law firm.
“We welcome Lucas to the Coca-Cola United family and look forward to his wealth of experience and knowledge as we continue to grow our business and serve our customers across the Southeast,” John Sherman, president and CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, said.
Gambino is a 1995 graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in accounting. He attended The University of Alabama School of Law, graduating in 1999. He serves on the board of the Alabama chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice and has been recognized by Chambers USA in its America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Banking & Finance.
His family has owned and operated several restaurants in Baldwin County and Mobile for more than 30 years, including its eponymous eatery found in Fairhope. Gambino and his wife, Sawsan, reside in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, with their children Laith, Dima and Jude.
Founded in 1902 and headquartered in Birmingham, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United is the second-largest privately held Coca-Cola bottler in North America and the third-largest bottler of Coca-Cola products in the country. The company has more than 10,000 associates in more than 60 facilities across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
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