Brown Shoe Co. has completed construction of a 350,000-square-foot Famous Footwear distribution center at the Tejon Industrial Complex, 90 minutes north of Los Angeles. Systems integrator Fortna designed the material handling systems used at the new facility, which will serve Brown's stores and customers on the West Coast.
Volkswagen has opened a $30 million auto parts distribution center in Jacksonville, Fla. The 260,000-square-foot facility, which incorporates energy-efficient lighting, insulated dock doors, and other energy-saving features, serves 115 Volkswagen and Audi dealers.
U.S. Foodservice has broken ground on a $13 million addition to its distribution center in Topeka, Kan. Construction on the 50,000-square-foot addition is scheduled for completion in early 2010.
Watson Land Co. recently completed construction of a 297,107-square-foot industrial facility in Chino, Calif. Known as the Legacy Building, the new facility has been awarded a Gold-level LEED certification for green building performance by the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the first speculative industrial building in Southern California to earn the LEED Gold designation.
ProLogis has signed three lease agreements in Europe with DHL Supply Chain. The transactions include the leasing of 67,800 square feet of newly developed distribution space at ProLogis Park Wroclaw in Poland, a lease extension totaling 148,000 square feet at ProLogis Park Jönköping in Sweden, and a lease extension totaling 48,400 square feet at ProLogis Park Sochaczew, also in Poland. DHL now occupies 11.7 million square feet of ProLogis distribution space worldwide.