By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted:      Dec 10, 2016 at 9:40 AM
Updated:   Dec 10, 2016 at 9:40 AM

VICTORVILLE – The announcement of a new large development project at Southern California Logistics Airport is drawing the attention of many in the manufacturing industry.

Stirling Development has begun construction of Distribution Centre 18, a 370,023-square-foot industrial facility located at SCLA in Victorville.

Plastipak, which currently occupies more than 312,000 square feet within SCLA, including two small warehouse locations and one 296,490-square-foot manufacturing facility, will utilize the new facility for warehousing needs and plans to expand its presence within SCLA once the property is completed this summer.

Situated on just over 19 acres at the southeast corner of Phantom West and George Boulevard, DC 18 will include 53 dock-high doors, two ground-level doors, 32-inch clear height, “green” building design features, 186 auto stalls, 75 truck stalls, a fenced yard and on-site property management.

“We are pleased that Plastipak is choosing to expand in the High Desert region and specifically within Southern California Logistics Airport,” said Brian D. Parno, chief operating officer for Stirling, in a news release. “Our project continues to bring much needed jobs to the High Desert region, and we are confident that the rest of the facility will be leased prior to completion as we have had significant interest from large users who appreciate the facility as well as its strategic business location.”

Jay Dick, of CBRE, is handling leasing of the building on behalf of Stirling Development, which is led by partners Dougall Agan and Chris Downey, who have been responsible for more than $3 billion in development activity on large-scale land development projects in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

The news of DC 18 follows Stirling’s recent completion of building 13B, a 447,740-square-foot industrial facility also within SCLA. The facility was fully pre-leased to Arden Companies, a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of outdoor cushions, furniture, and decor, for 211,000 square feet of space.

The remainder of the building was leased to Newell Brands, a leading consumer goods company that has been a tenant at SCLA since 2007. With this expansion, Newell Brands adds 233,470 square feet of occupancy in addition to their existing occupancy of a 584,412-square-foot building at SCLA.

Stirling delivered the building 30 days ahead of schedule allowing for the tenants to take early occupancy and initiate business, adding 125 new jobs to the region.

SCLA, the former home of George Air Force Base, is an 8,500-acre multimodal freight transportation hub and is home to such companies as Boeing, Dr. Pepper Snapple, Exel Logistics, Fastenal, FedEx, General Electric, Leading Edge, Newell Brands, Pacific Aviation Group, Plastipak Packaging, Pratt & Whitney, Red Bull, Sparkletts, Solar City Corporation and United Furniture Industries.

Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.