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Southington fulfillment center to employ 200

Southington fulfillment center to employ 200
by: Gregory Seay

The interior of a 300,000-square-foot distribution center at 75 Aircraft Road in Southington.

A Milford fulfillment vendor has opened a 300,000-square-foot distribution center in a former Southington aircraft-engine plant that will employ as many as 200 workers in coming months, officials say.

3PL Worldwide took just 40 days from signing a long-term lease in late November to completion of outfitting and stocking the space at 74 Aircraft Road in the Southington Business Park, said landlord’s broker O,R&L Commercial LLC.

South Business Park II, LLC of Larchmont, N.Y., is landlord. IRG Realty Advisors manages the park.

Among 3PL’s other fulfillment sites is its 150,000-square-foot Milford facility at 500 Bic Drive, and a 160,000-square-foot center in Pico Rivera, Calif.

3PL is one of a growing Connecticut and U.S. cast of third-party fulfillment vendors, serving e-commerce and retail catalog customers. Retail-clients’ merchandise is stored in the facilities until customer orders are received, then the items typically are shipped directly to customers.

Amazon has a fulfillment center off Day Hill Road in Windsor, and a package-sorting facility in Wallingford. Grocer Trader Joe’s recently won Bloomfield’s clearance to erect a distribution facility in town.

Realty experts say Connecticut’s location, bisected by major interstates and availability of large, developable land parcels, make it an ideal choice for fulfillment- and distribution-related enterprises.

In early January, at its annual Connecticut commercial-real estate outlook summit in downtown Hartford, CBRE-New England’s industrial team forecast continued demand for warehouse-distribution space in this region.