CenterPoint breaks ground on 1.11 million-square-foot development

200 permanent positions will need to be filled in manufacturing and assembly

CenterPoint Properties announced Thursday construction crews have broken ground on a new 1,114,575-square-foot development at CenterPoint Intermodal Center-Joliet.

The build-to-suit, cross-loaded distribution facility for Saddle Creek Logistics Services will be situated on approximately 60 acres, with ample space for car and trailer parking. CenterPoint hosted a ceremony July 22 to kick off development.

Saddle Creek executive leadership, employees, local and regional officials, customers and community members attended the ceremony.

Saddle Creek’s new property is located less than two miles from the entrance to Union Pacific’s Joliet Intermodal Terminal and adjacent to the interstate highway, which CenterPoint says will enhance supply chain connectivity for Saddle Creek’s distribution needs.

“We’re ecstatic that Saddle Creek has chosen to grow with CenterPoint and has confidence in our ability to execute this build-to-suit facility,” said Michael Murphy, chief development officer of CenterPoint. “We value Saddle Creek’s trust in our team to deliver a high-quality facility that meets their specific design requirements, in addition to enhancing their supply chain efficiency and improving services to their local and regional client networks.”

The Class A, state-of-the-art building will include 32-foot clearance height, 132 dock doors (expandable), four drive-in doors, 373 car parking stalls (expandable), 328 trailer stalls and 14,108 square feet of office space. Saddle Creek Logistics Services currently leases a 590,000-square-foot facility from CenterPoint at CIC-Elwood.

“Our new property at CIC-Joliet will prove to be the ideal location for our regional and even multistate distribution needs, as it’s located adjacent to the Interstate 55/Interstate 80 interchange, and anchored by the BNSF Logistics Park Chicago and Union Pacific Joliet Intermodal Terminal,” Doug Blatchford of Saddle Creek Logistics Services said. “We’re grateful that CenterPoint has flawlessly accommodated our growth and we’re looking forward to our next steps.”

CenterPoint and Saddle Creek said estimates show that 200 permanent positions will need to be filled in manufacturing and assembly, as well as warehouse labor, at the completion of build.

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