John McClellan, CCIM Facilitates Sale of Former American Original Plant

JUNE 2013, BRIDGEVILLE, DE – After being vacant for more than 5 years a Sussex County Industrial Facility has received new life. John McClellan, CCIM, Senior Advisor with Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, MD is pleased to announce the sale of the former American Original Plant to Stephens Rentals, LLC. The plant is located in Route 18 in Cannon, DE, about 1 mile West of Route 13 and just South of Bridgeville, DE. The property was most recently home to Godiva Chocolates and includes 70,000 SF on 10 acres.

Approximately 20,000 SF has been leased to Pallet Masters, the region’s premiere supplier of pallets and shipping containers to the manufacturing, distribution and agricultural community. Pallet Masters relocated from Whitehurst Drive in Seaford, DE. According to Todd Stephens, President of Pallet Masters, “This acquisition for our company significantly improves our transportation channels and allows us to more efficiently supply products to our growing number of customers in the Mid-Atlantic Region.”

Warehouse and light manufacturing spaces from 10,000 – 50,000 SF are available for immediate lease. Renovations are underway to further improve the loading dock and drive-in capabilities. The site also features office space, cooler space and yard area available for lease.

John McClellan, CCIM of Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate represented the buyer, while Tom Knopp, also of SVN – Miller represented the sellers: Wilmer Smith and William Warren. Melody Booker and Jeff Stone of the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) also assisted with the deal, and are always eager to work with new or expanding Delaware businesses.

To inquire about the remaining available space for lease in the Cannon warehouse or other available properties in Maryland or Delaware, contact John McClellan, CCIM at or 410-543-2440.


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