Demdaco, a Leawood-based importer of household gift and decorative items, is moving its distribution to Logistics Park Kansas City, the industrial development adjacent to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway’s soon-to-open intermodal facility in Edgerton.
Logistics Park KC master developer NorthPoint Development and NAI Capital Realty announced that Demdaco had executed a long-term lease for a 326,650-square-foot distribution center. The center will be custom built for Demdaco, which has distributed its products from North Kansas City for the last 12 years.
The move to Logistics Park had been under consideration for three years.
“We are thrilled to be one of the first tenants to relocate to Logistics Park Kansas City,” said Demdaco COO Steve Fowler. “This move will improve our operating efficiencies by being in a new, state-of-the-art facility and by being very close to the intermodal site through which most of our product is delivered.”
The Demdaco building is the third major facility announced for Logistic Park KC, joining a new DeLong Grain Co. facility and a 500,000-square-foot speculative warehouse building being constructed. The Demdaco facility will bring the total square footage under development at the park to more than 850,000 square feet.
Logistics Park KC, together with the BNSF intermodal facility, covers more than 1,000 acres with a capacity for more than 8 million square feet of industrial space.
By locating near the BNSF intermodal facility, which is slated for completion in September, Demdaco will save on the costs of shipping and handling containerized freight. It also will benefit from a reduction in costs through an arrangement with the DeLong Grain Co., which will utilize Demdaco’s empty containers for grain export.
ARTICLE BY: KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL – BY ROB ROBERTS
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2013