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ILC Dover/Grayling Industries Delivers New Jobs in Sussex County

OCTOBER 2013, SUSSEX COUNTY, DE – John McClellan, CCIM and Tom Knopp of Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate announced in January their successful transaction with Delaware-based ILC Dover and its subsidiary Grayling Industries to lease a new facility on Whitehurst Drive just off Stein Highway in Seaford, DE. This announcement was not only a commitment to create over 115 new jobs in Sussex County, but also represented a significant capital investment in renovating an open warehouse to a manufacturing facility.  Frederica, Delaware-based ILC had recently acquired Grayling and elected to close their operations in Juarez, Mexico and relocate those jobs back to the US.

McClellan and Knopp were able to assist company officials envision how the formerly empty warehouse could be transformed into an FDA approved manufacturing and distribution facility.  They collaborated with ILC, building owners, government officials and Harkins Construction and the vision was fulfilled and completed in less than 6 months.

McClellan recently attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially signified the plant’s opening after renovations. Governer Jack Markell, who announced the new jobs in his January State of the State Address, also attended the event and said, “ILC Dover’s decision to move Grayling’s manufacturing operations to Delaware is indicative of the state’s friendliness toward small businesses.”

McClellan and Knopp worked closely with ILC Dover as well as with the Delaware Office of Economic Development and Sussex County officials in negotiating the long-term lease arrangement.  The property is owned by Westminster, MD based Development Corporation of America.  The company will initially occupy 90,000 square feet in the 121,500 square foot complex with the hope to grow even larger at this facility. For more information about this lease transaction, or to inquire about other available properties in Maryland and Delaware, contact John McClellan, CCIM at john.mcclellan@svn.com or 410-543-2440.

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