Cooper Standard Automotive finds new warehouse space after tornado

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An automotive supplier has secured new warehouse space for its Upstate branch nearly five months after its previous facility was destroyed by an EF2 tornado.

Michigan-based Cooper Standard has signed a five-year lease for about 73,000 square feet at Philadelphia-based real estate investment firm Alliance Partners HSP’s Hamilton Industrial Park off Interstate 85 Business in Spartanburg County.

The company has already begun working out of the space.

Cooper Standard’s primary Spartanburg location is at 100 Quality Way near the University of South Carolina Upstate.

The branch employs about 400 people and supplies various parts for original equipment manufacturers, including Ford and GM.

Cooper Standard had been utilizing warehouse space within the former Beverage-Air plant near Spartanburg Community College prior to the tornado, which was one of two that hit the county on Oct. 23, 2017, inflicting millions of dollars in damage.

Ernestine Canty, a production control manager for Cooper Standard’s Spartanburg operation, said no one was killed or injured, but several of the company’s employees had left the space about 15 minutes before the tornado struck.

“Thank God no one was there,” she said.

Canty said no new jobs will be created by the expansion, but the company is hiring. She encourages applicants to visit Cooper Standard’s careers page online.

Cooper Standard is the first tenant to land at Hamilton Industrial Park, which is comprised of two buildings that total almost 320,000 square feet of speculative, or spec, space on nearly 29 acres at 2071 and 2171 Fryml Drive.

The buildings were previously known as the Viking Warehouses and were once home to American Fast Print.

The site sat vacant for several years before Alliance acquired them in 2014. The firm invested a hefty sum in renovating the buildings and revamping the property.

Although the construction lasted only about one year, Alliance has struggled for nearly three years to lease up the space.

“It has been a long, hard battle, but we’re thrilled to welcome our first tenant to Hamilton Industrial Park,” said Matt Handel, vice president of acquisitions and leasing for Alliance Partners HSP. “I think they recognize the value proposition that our development offers. … It a great price point and a quality location.”

Alliance worked in partnership with Spartanburg-based Lyons Industrial Properties and Avison Young to lease the space to Cooper Standard.

Adam Padgett and Bobby Lyons with Lyons Industrial Properties represented Alliance in the transaction, while Perry Major with Avison Young represented Cooper Standard.

Handel praised the brokers for their professionalism and dedication.

“This is a win across the board,” Major said. “It’s a win for Cooper Standard, a win for Alliance and Hamilton Industrial Park, and a win for the community. We’re happy to have been part of this deal and look forward to more that are sure to follow.”

Alliance still has about 130,000 square feet of space available in the building at 2071 Fryml Drive, where Cooper Standard is located. It has 118,000 square feet in the smaller of the two buildings at 2171 Fryml Drive.

The first building features 23- to 28-foot ceiling heights, 17 docks, and a drive-in port. The second building features 20- to 25-foot-tall ceilings, 12 docks, and a drive-in port.

Both buildings have ESFR sprinkler systems, new T-5 lighting, and ample trailer parking with circular access.

The site is just a few hundred yards from the intersection of I-85 Business and Bryant Road.

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