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A California industrial real estate developer will begin construction this spring on two facilities totaling almost 1 million square feet near the Hampton Roads port terminals in Virginia.
The new venture is attracting UNIS (Unified Network Information Services), a California-based third-party logistics company founded in 1989, to the regional market. The company operates more than 14 million feet of fulfillment space in 28 warehouses throughout the U.S.
The project features a 910,000-square-foot, high-volume cross-dock terminal in Suffolk and a 72,000-square-foot transload facility in Portsmouth. Both sites will include ample parking areas for truck trailers. The developer plans to finish the project next year.
UNIS Chief Commercial Officer Scott Simanek said in a news release that the move allows current and future clients more flexibility to operate their businesses in another port location. With the addition of the fast-growing Port of Virginia, the company will have operations in all the top 10 U.S. ports.
“We continue with our mantra that if we build it, our clients will come,” Simanek said.
Virginia Port Authority CEO Stephen Edwards said that the arrival of UNIS sends a strong message about how the supply chain industry views the Port of Virginia’s future.
The developer did not disclose the project cost.
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