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Commercial | MAJESTIC REALTY - BADGER LOGISTIC CENTER

Planting a Flag

A NEW LOGISTICS CENTER BRINGS MAJESTIC'S REPUTATION TO THE MIDWEST. BY TIM O'CONNOR

W

ith 76.5 million square feet
of space in its portfolio, California-based Majestic Realty
Co. is the largest privately
owned national industrial developer. But
until now, the company has not had a presence in the Midwest. That will soon change
with the completion of the Badger Logistics
Center later this year.
Majestic Realty had been exploring
the Midwest market for several years as it
sought the ideal place to build an industrial
facility. It found that site in the southern
Wisconsin town of Pleasant Prairie, just 45
minutes away from Chicago's O'Hare Airport and less than a half-hour from Mitchell
International Airport in Milwaukee.
Vice President and Development Partner
Taylor Talt says the support of the local and
state governments ultimately drew Majestic
Realty to the area. As it researched the
market, the company found many businesses that were expanding or relocating to
the Midwest were choosing the southeast
portion of "America's Dairyland." Unlike
Illinois, Wisconsin's state government is in a
financially strong position and is politically
stable - creating the kind of certainty businesses find appealing.
Talt praised government officials and the
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.,
a state agency, for their professionalism
and responsiveness in bringing the Badger

Majestic Rea y - Badger
Logistic Center
www.majesticrea y.com
* Project cost: $25 million
* Location: Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
* Employees: 40
* Scope of work: Logistics center

"We plant our flag and become
a part of e communities because we are ere long-term."
- Taylor Ta , vice president and development planner

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favorable business environment
ยป Wisconsin's
led Majestic Realty to purchase 88 acres of
land for its Badger Logistic Center.

Logistics Center from concept to reality.
"From the beginning stages, it was a great
working relationship with the state, county
and village," he says. "That's not something
we find across our entire portfolio."
Wisconsin officials were willing to pass
along and share information on economic
conditions in the state to help Majestic
Realty in planning its facility. "It was a
very collaborative and close working
relationship from the village and [Kenosha] county to the state," Talt adds. "That's
something that makes things go quicker
from our perspective."
The end result, Talt says, will be a success
story that Majestic Realty and the state of
Wisconsin can market to other businesses.
Having that success is important to Majestic
Realty because the company tends to hang
on to and manage its developments instead
of selling them off. "We plant our flag and
become a part of the communities because
we are there long-term," Talt explains. The

Majestic Realty Foundation supports a
number of local organizations wherever its
properties are located, many of which target
youth education, health and fitness.

Creating a Success Story
Wisconsin's favorable business environment led Majestic Realty in 2012 to
purchase 88 acres in Pleasant Prairie just
off I-94, the highway that connects Chicago
and Milwaukee. It took a few years to get
the incentives and plans in place, but site
preparation work began before the end of
2015 in anticipation of the groundbreaking
this year. Construction on the freestanding
425,000-square-foot facility started in early
May and the building is on schedule for
completion in November.
The cross-dock facility will feature
36-foot clear heights, 7 inches of slab on
grade, 50-by-52-foot bay spacing, 111 trailer
parking stalls, 185 truck ports, a combined
370 feet of truck courtyard and a redundant


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