News Article | 2/28/2008

ODW Logistics leases space at former Norton base

An Ohio warehousing and distribution company has leased part of a 1.1 million-square-foot building on the grounds of the former Norton Air Force Base, according to a news release.

ODW Logistics Inc. will occupy roughly half of the building, which is part of Hillwood Development Corp.’s warehousing redevelopment at the former base.

The building was originally constructed to accommodate an expansion by Pep Boys. The company occupies the other half of the building.

John Ness, ODW’s president, said in a news release the location positions his company to have better access to the Inland region and companies on the western edge of the region that work heavily with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Hillwood has built about 4.2 million square feet of warehouse space at the former base so far and about 2.7 million square feet is in planning or under construction, including about 120 acres of the former Palm Meadows golf course.

The company also is building two other warehouses in San Bernardino on Central Avenue near Tippecanoe Avenue.

The buildings will have a combined 1.4 million square feet, but no tenants have been announced.

Last year, Hillwood announced Michelin North America had signed a 10-year lease on an 801,000-square-foot building at the site of the former Culligan water treatment plant in northern San Bernardino near Cal State San Bernardino.