SOUTHINGTON - O, R&L Commercial has leased the old Pratt & Whitney Building to 3PL Worldwide Inc.
Louis A. Perillo III, Southington’s economic development director, said 3PL plans to open in mid-February in the 30,000-square-foot building at 75 Aircraft Road. The company expects to hire between 150 and 200 people and held its first job fair in mid-January.
Town Manager Garry Brumback said he is “absolutely thrilled” the building will be used again.
“3PL Worldwide was a pleasure to work with and I want to give my kudos to our entire economic development team,” said Brumback. “They turned around their plans to renovate the building in record time. They were renovating by January and it looks like they will be meeting their goal to open for business in February.”
“The chamber is excited to have a new business in town that will offer so many jobs to boost our economy and support our community,” said Liz Hyatt, chairwoman of the Southington Chamber of Commerce.
“3PL is a catalog call center that will be filling orders out of the location,” said Councilor Dawn Miceli. “They have terrific potential and next year they may be taking over even more space. Hopefully, by the end of it, they’ll be using all 40,000 square feet. Two decades ago, we were devastated by the loss of Pratt & Whitney, but now that space is almost completely full again.” Other space is available at the site.
According to a press release by O, R&L Commercial, Frank Hird, vice president, and Carol Karney represented the landlord, South Business Park II, LLC of Larchmont, New York in the lease negotiation. The tenant, 3PL, was self-represented.
The Southington Business Park is managed by IGR Realty Advisors.
Robert Hassler, vice president and senior property manager, headed up the team for IRG along with Christine Bellucci and Christina Damiano.
3PL Worldwide President Clyde Mount visited the building in late October and “with a couple of follow-up visits and a lot of hard work by all involved” signed a long-term lease before the end of November last year.
3PL Worldwide provides fulfillment and logistics services with facilities in Southington and Milford along with Rancho Cucamonga, California. The Southington facility allows 3PL to add catalogs and offer additional services.
The building was constructed in the 1940s to build and repair airplanes. The current owners have refurbished the building by replacing former roof penetrations with skylights, adding LED lighting, refinishing old manufacturing flooring to a high finish and adding loading docks and modern offices.
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