Newmark Grubb Wilson Kibler recently reorganized its Upstate office, bringing two new managing directors and four additional brokers to the market. Edward Wilson joined the firm last year as a managing director after serving as vice president of Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer’s Greenville office. In May, Givens Stewart, SIOR came on as an equal managing partner after serving for 17 years at Colliers International, where he received numerous accolades and honors, including the Walter M. Keenan Award for his performance in the industrial sector. Wilson and Stewart have grown Wilson Kibler’s presence in the Upstate at an astronomical pace over the last 12 months, brokering (leasing and sales) over 675,000 SF of commercial space and adding five professionals to the office.
Wilson Kibler is an independently-owned and operated affiliate of Newmark and London-based Knight Frank. Newmark Knight Frank employs nearly 16,000 real estate professionals in roughly 430 offices spanning six continents. Wilson Kibler’s brokers, working alongside international Newmark Knight Frank experts, advise on complex commercial real estate matters across all sectors, including office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hospitality and agricultural land.
According to Wilson, there are many benefits for firms to locate in the Upstate. The Greenville-Spartanburg area currently hosts more than 90 Fortune 500 companies and over 20 regional headquarters. Wilson credits four factors for the region’s success: education, research and development, economic support provided by state and local partners, and quality of life.
The Upstate offers a diverse mix of primary school options that encompass STEM based curriculum, fine arts, languages and international studies and feed into well-respected universities like Clemson, USC Upstate, Wofford, Converse, Anderson University, Presbyterian College, Furman, Bob Jones, North Greenville University, Southern Wesleyan and Greenville Technical School. These educational institutions provide a talented workforce by offering programs that can be tailored to meet the demands of advancing technical employers in the region like Michelin North America, GE, Magna, Lockheed and Proterra, to name a few.
Wilson says, “We have a wealth of education and innovation in advanced materials, automotive design, manufacturing, aviation, bioscience and technology. These resources, coupled with a strong transportation system and supply chain channels, make us apt for growth. Not to mention the fact that the average cost of office space is approximately 25% below our neighbors in Atlanta and Charlotte and 28% below the national average. We are currently working with a firm relocating 300 new jobs to Greenville from other cities.”
Corporate headquarters such as Michelin North America, TD Bank, Hubbell Lighting, JTEKT North America and AVX Corporation provide ever-growing employment pools. Greenville has the highest per capita engineering population in the country, supported by employers such as General Electric, Flour Corporation, Jacobs, Wood USA, Honeywell, O’Neal, Day & Zimmerman, Bosch and previously mentioned BMW and Lockheed Martin.
The Upsate’s natural beauty and superior quality of life
will continue to draw employers to the region, Wilson says. Thanks in large part to its natural features, including lakes, rivers, mountains and wooded landscape, the area sees growth in tourism year after year.
According to Wilson, “Municipal leadership does an excellent job of capitalizing on our natural resources by providing beautification and management of our major public spaces – like connecting our park system through the convenient Swamp Rabbit Trail. The Greenville Zoo, Upstate Children’s Museum, Fluor Field, Peace Center, Bon Secours Arena and Parris Mountain State Park offer limitless activities for any family, rain or shine. For any person or company, the Upstate is a wonderful place to call home.”