Logistics Giant Expands at Midlink Business Park

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COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP — Midlink Business Park announced today that Kenco, a leading provider of value-added distribution, public warehousing, transportation services and logistics IT, is expanding its existing operations at Midlink West to service a new agreement with a U.S. company that manufactures products for the food industry.

Kenco is leasing 100,000 square feet of space adjacent to its current 210,000-square-foot location, which the company has leased since October 2005.

According to David Caines, President of Kenco Logistic Services, “Our current operations and strong relationship with Midlink, strengthen our roots in Michigan and position us strategically for continued growth in the Midwest. We look forward to future expansion in this area.”

Kenco has Midlink upgrading the facility to meet AIB standards.  Designed to ensure food safety, AIB standards are a compilation of best practices issued by such global organizations as the U.S. Department of Health and Welfare, Food and Drug Administration, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Military Standards.  “Midlink has been quick to respond to all of our requests. Their flexibility and agility will allow us to begin operations almost immediately,” said Caines.

For Midlink President David Smith, Kenco’s requirements play to the business park’s strengths.  “Our mission has been to give companies, like Kenco, the confidence to respond quickly to market opportunities,” said Smith.  “Helping Kenco meet AIB standards will only bring us more tenants in the food industry.”

Smith points to the ease of growing seamlessly, along with Midlink’s unique combination of other benefits, as reason for the park’s ever-expanding tenant roster. “Benefits like our logistics-friendly infrastructure, ideal Midwest location and Renaissance Zone tax benefits continue to attract new companies while encouraging existing tenants to broaden their existing operations here.” Smith said.

Smith and Caines extend special recognition to Callander Commerical, who represented Midlink in the leasing transaction, as well as those of Jimmy Glascock of JDK Real Estate and Jodi Milks of Colliers, who represented Kenco.

Located midway between Chicago and Detroit, at I-94 and Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Midlink Business Park is a world-class, 340-acre development that offers a 110-acre Renaissance Zone, two state-of-the-art multi-tenant industrial buildings totaling more than 1.6 million square feet and, under development, 88-acres of industrial land, a 16-acre retail center and 38-acre office campus. The original site was renovated and repurposed after Hackman Capital purchased the property in 1999. Visit www.midlink.com and www.hackmancapital.com to learn more.

Kenco provides value-added distribution and fulfillment, public warehousing, comprehensive transportation management, material handling services, real estate management and supply chain intelligence — all engineered for operational excellence. For over 60 years, Kenco has built lasting customer relationships because it is the 3PL that listens, learns and adapts. Privately-held and financially strong, Kenco’s focus is on common sense solutions that drive uncommon value. Learn more at www.kencogroup.com.

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