Kellogg facility: 1.1M square feet, 100 jobs
By: David Thomas, The Jackson Sun on Nov 13, 2014
The Industrial Development Board of the City of Jackson granted approval Wednesday for tax incentives for the benefit of Kellogg Sales Company and Panattoni Development Company for the construction of a 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse facility at Airport Industrial Park.
This is the largest initial construction of any facility, square footage-wise, in Madison County history.
When the new facility is fully staffed, Kellogg hopes to employ 100.
Panattoni of Newport Beach, Calif., was selected by Kellogg to develop a 134-acre parcel of land south of Young Touchstone on Smith Lane.
Panattoni develops, leases and owns industrial, office and retail projects in more than 278 cities throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, according to its website.
Representatives of Panattoni and Alston Construction of Nashville, which will build the facility, referred all comments to Kellogg.
"This project has been in process for several months," Jackson attorney Larry Butler said. "The county approved the sale of the land at an August meeting."
The land cost is $12,000 per acre, for a total land investment of $1,608,000. The deal's closing date is Nov. 25.
When complete, Kellogg's total investment is expected to be between $45 million and $50 million.
Under incentives approved by the board, a percentage of the taxes will be abated for the first eight years. The property becomes fully taxable in year nine.
Kris Charles, Kellogg Company spokesperson, said the new facility will be a welcome addition to Kellogg's existing plant in Jackson where Pringles are made, at 1306 U.S. 70 Bypass.
"We are pleased that plans for a new off-site warehouse in Jackson are progressing and are confident it will complement Kellogg's manufacturing facility there," Charles said.
"This project further validates Jackson to the national real estate investment community as a low-risk location for major distribution and manufacturing projects," said Kyle Spurgeon, president/CEO of the Jackson Chamber.
"Both Mayor (Jimmy) Harris and Mayor (Jerry) Gist, along with the Madison County Commission, Jackson Energy Authority, Tennessee Economic and Community Development, the Industrial Development Board, and others worked as members of a cohesive team to bring this project to Jackson. Without that teamwork, the investment and jobs would be locating somewhere else."
Jackson Mayor Gist said the area looks forward to Kellogg's continued success.
"We're thrilled with the way Kellogg continues to grow," Gist said. "This looks well for the city, the workforce, and it's a good productive move."
Gist said he was not surprised at Kellogg's selection of Airport Industrial Park.
"It's a great location with the transportation to the Interstate ... great access," Gist said. "The landscape of the western part of Madison County continues to change, and we have a good, productive workforce in Jackson and West Tennessee."
Madison County Mayor Harris said activity at the Airport Industrial Park is a good barometer for the economy.
"The movement is a sign that business in general is ready to make capital investments," Harris said. "And we have a chance to be a player."