Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa purchases first facility at Hunt Midwest’s Evergreen 85 Logistics Park in South Carolina
Anderson County, SC — January 16, 2024 —Global paper-based packaging giant Smurfit Kappa has purchased the first building at Hunt Midwest’s new Evergreen 85 Logistics Park immediately adjacent to Interstate 85 in South Carolina’s growing Anderson-Greenville-Spartanburg industrial corridor.
Smurfit Kappa will own and occupy the 258,801-square-foot, rear-load Evergreen 85 Logistics Park Building I, the company’s first facility in South Carolina, as the worldwide leader in sustainable packaging solutions expands its U.S. operations. The company, which closed on the property in December, plans to invest $68 million and create 200 new jobs in Anderson County.
“South Carolina’s reputation for having a highly skilled workforce makes our state a top destination for manufacturing companies to establish new operations,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said. “We welcome Smurfit Kappa to South Carolina and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”
Evergreen 85 Logistics Park provides a prime location for Smurfit Kappa and other future users to capitalize on the site’s proximity to major transportation hubs and other industries. The park has immediate highway access to I-85 for two-day ground shipping to over 244 million customers and is adjacent to a major FedEx terminal, giving users a first-stop and last-stop provider for overnight deliveries.
Future development at Evergreen 85 Logistics Park will support more than 1.7 million additional square feet of industrial space. Build-to-suit options are available for remaining buildings ranging from 200,000 square feet to more than 1.1 million square feet.
“Evergreen 85 Logistics Park capitalizes on the strengths of the Anderson County workforce with a great logistics location on I-85,” Hunt Midwest Senior Vice President Mike Bell said. “Our park’s strategic location, strong local labor pool, and nearby manufacturers provide all the key components to fuel supply chain, distribution, and fast fulfillment.”
Smurfit Kappa, a Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100 Index company, is the latest in a series of advanced and internationally renowned businesses investing in the highly accessible Anderson County submarket of South Carolina’s Upstate. Evergreen 85 Logistics Park is directly south of Bosch’s Anderson County campus, which supplies BMW’s manufacturing facility just 36 miles away in Greer, and directly across I-85 from toolmaker Ryobi’s distribution center and Techtronic Industries’ North American headquarters. Anderson County is also home to a Walgreen’s distribution center and production facilities for Electrolux, Michelin, Plastic Omnium, and Owens Corning minutes from Evergreen 85 Logistics Park.
“Smurfit Kappa’s purchase of Evergreen 85 Logistics Park Building I will give our growing community more high-quality jobs close to home,” Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns said. “Anderson County boasts a skilled and dedicated workforce, and this investment aligns seamlessly with our vision to harness and nurture our abundant local talent.”
“By championing excellence in labor standards, Smurfit Kappa will contribute to the overall quality of our workforce and prosperity of our community,” Anderson County Economic Development Director Burriss Nelson said. “Anderson County is unequivocally open for business and this project signifies not just an economic opportunity, but a commitment to building a stronger and more resilient community for generations to come.”
Evergreen 85 Logistics Park is Hunt Midwest’s second industrial venture in the dynamic Anderson-Greenville-Spartanburg industrial corridor after the recent completion of Fort Prince Logistics Center, a 476,280-square-foot spec project just west of I-85 outside Spartanburg. Hunt Midwest is active in multiple developments across the Upstate and Lowcountry that are expected to bring more than 4.6 million total square feet of industrial space and up to 2,000 new jobs to South Carolina’s booming logistics and distribution market.
Hunt Midwest’s partners at Evergreen Logistics Park included Seamon Whiteside for civil engineering, LS3P for building design, and Evans General Contractors as the general contractor overseeing construction. CBRE Executive Vice President Trey Pennington, Senior Associate Jeff Benedict, and Associate Tripp Speaks represented Hunt Midwest in the transaction and will handle leasing for the remainder of the park..
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Hunt Midwest is a Kansas City-based, privately held real estate development company with six decades of expertise in industrial, self-storage, residential, multifamily, and senior living communities, with more than $2.5 billion of developed projects in multiple geographic markets. Hunt Midwest leverages its reputation, resources, and relationships to create successful real estate solutions.
Hunt Midwest is one of the pillars of the Lamar Hunt Family’s holdings, which include interests in real estate, sports/entertainment, energy/natural resources, and private equity. Other marquee brands include the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bulls, FC Dallas, Hunt Southwest, and Trinity Hunt. Learn more at HuntMidwest.com.