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Henry V. Graham II
Graham & Company, LLC
Graham & Co/Sunbelt Paper & Packaging to Build a New Corporate Office and Distribution Center
BIRMINGHAM, November 10, 2021 – Birmingham-based Graham & Company and Sunbelt Paper & Packaging announced today plans for a 216,000 square-foot state-of-the art distribution facility located in Calera, AL. Sunbelt Paper & Packaging, one of the largest privately owned packaging and industrial supply companies in the Southeast, will anchor the project occupying approximately 108,000 square-feet in the building. The remaining 108,000 SF will be available for lease with the facility estimated to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2022.
The project is significant as it represents Graham & Co’s first speculative development in the Calera/southern submarket since completing Shelby Commerce Park in 2007. From 2000 to 2007, Graham & Co developed more than 1,800,000 square-feet of distribution space in Calera. “We’re excited that the market’s demand for additional distribution space has allowed us the opportunity to partner with Sunbelt and further serve the needs of Shelby County,” says Henry V. Graham II, Vice President of Development at Graham & Co.
Founded in 2002, Sunbelt Paper & Packaging has outgrown its current facilities in Shelby County and will expand into Graham’s new building upon completion. “The new facility allows us to accommodate our company’s continued growth and modernize our logistics operation,” says Bill Rivers, President of Sunbelt Paper & Packaging. “We are very appreciative of 58 Inc., the City of Calera, and the Calera Industrial Development Board, whose support made this project possible.”
The new distribution center will require an investment of approximately $16.5 Million and sit on +/- 16 acres of land located at the northeast intersection of George Roy Parkway and Shelby County Road 22 with frontage along I-65 South. “The property provides excellent interstate access, high visibility, and provides the south Birmingham industrial market with much needed Class A warehouse space for lease,” says Ogden Deaton SVP at Graham & Company.
Cooper Construction and Five South Architecture, LLC will serve as the project’s design/build team. LBYD will serve as the civil engineer and Bhate Geosciences will assist with geotechnical engineering and materials testing. Financing is to be provided by Oakworth Capital Bank. Graham & Co, Sunbelt Paper & Packaging, 58 INC- Shelby County Economic Development Corporation, the Calera Industrial Development Board, and the City of Calera all worked in a collaborative effort to make this project a reality, and a ground-breaking is slated for early December of 2021.
About Graham & Company
Founded in 1978, Graham & Company is a full-service commercial real estate firm with offices in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Panama City, Florida. Graham offers investment sales, leasing, property management, and development services.
Graham & Company has been involved in the development and management of industrial properties, office buildings, office/service centers, and office rehabilitation projects throughout the Southeast. Over the last 20 years, Graham & Company has delivered more than 9.6 million SF of build-to-suit and speculative industrial and office projects, each involving a unique set of challenges and hurdles to overcome.
Graham & Co.’s projects and properties are managed by a staff of seasoned real estate professionals, including many who have earned prestigious designations such as SIOR, CRE, CCIM, LEED, RPA, and CPM.
About Sunbelt Paper & Packaging
Founded in 2002, Sunbelt Paper & Packaging provides packaging, assembly, and distribution of industrial supplies / solutions to a diverse clientele across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Sunbelt is well diversified in its products offered, industries serviced, and regional coverage with assembly and major distribution centers in central and north Alabama. Sunbelt’s main business lines consist of corrugated containers, wooden pallets, bags, packaging supplies, and more to clients ranging from local businesses to FORTUNE 500 automotive companies including BMW, GMC, and Tesla. Sunbelt provides extensive on-site inventory capability with over 20,000 products on site and has a vertically integrated distribution channel with its own fleet of trucks. Sunbelt has also developed extensive capabilities in design / sampling and assembly within the automotive and aerospace industry.
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