Interstate adjacent adds distribution

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Kilgore’s Interstate 20 exchange at Hwy. 259/31 has drawn another nationally-known company to town.

It’s too early to identify the client, David Mangrum says, but the California-based corporation is eager to move into a new distribution facility on-site at East Texas Warehouse & Storage.

Owner and operator of the property, Mangrum applied for a $441,000 building permit from the City of Kilgore for a new 6,600 square-foot distribution warehouse among his current tenants on the southwest corner of I-20’s intersection with 259/31.

Construction began early last month on the build-to-suit project, a facility with five loading docks to be located at 103 Warehouse Drive. The as-yet-unidentified company is already considering additional expansion at the interstate hub.

“They have two facilities now in East Texas. Being where we’re at, they could grow,” Mangrum said Tuesday. “It’s all about location. They can go four directions: east, west, north and south.”

On the overall property, “We have three completed buildings right now that have different tenants in them. They all came because of the interstate location.”

Located within the Kilgore City Limits, once the building itself is completed sometime in January, goods stored in the facility will also be included on local tax rolls when appraisers survey the area.

“Once we get this customer in, we hope to bring other distribution warehouses,” Mangrum said. “This company is a nationally-known company. It didn’t come from local as much as it was their real estate people out of California contacted us. They were looking on the interstate.

“I’m hopeful there are other large corporations that want to come – again, because of the intersection.”

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