Southland Industries is a leading national design/build mechanical contractor. Southland’s duct and piping fabrication facility had grown over time to include four different industrial facilities in Lorton, Virginia. With its leases set to expire in two years, Southland turned to Verity to simplify its lease holdings and make its manufacturing process more efficient. An analysis of Southland’s future clientele and work-site locations made it clear that moving its manufacturing facilities from Lorton to a single location in the Baltimore/Washington corridor was the best strategic business decision. Verity analyzed multiple site locations and strategies, including purchase, lease, and build-to-suit opportunities. Comprehensive cost models were developed comparing the various sites and real estate structures, and Verity solicited attractive economic development incentives. Ultimately Southland chose a 114,000 sq. ft. leased build-to-suit opportunity in Laurel, Maryland. The concrete tilt-up building is currently under construction, with Verity providing construction management services to Southland.
“Southland approached Verity with a requirement to consolidate of our existing Virginia fabrication and Maryland engineering location into a single facility along the BWI corridor. Locating suitable sites was challenging as our requirements involved specific zoning, power, and outdoor storage acreage. Verity expertly analyzed the market place and conducted detailed buy, lease, and build to suit models incorporating all of our occupancy and relocations costs. Their comprehensive analysis gave us the confidence and financial intelligence to proceed to lease a 115,000 sf building, ultimately selecting a build to suit option. Herman and his team were also instrumental in introducing us to key Maryland leaders that could offer us state and county economic incentive options which helped make the move an even better choice. Combining savvy real estate resources and construction professionals, Verity’s well suited to work with a wide variety of owners. Their services far exceeded our expectations and I would highly recommend Verity for any corporate relocation requirement.” — Mike Miller, Sr. Vice President, Division Leader, Southland Industries