Week of April 29, 2002
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Kansas City Lands Baader's HQ Relocation, Retains 110 Mfg. Jobs
KANSAS CITY Nowhere near salt water, but very near the center of the United States.
Decision Keeps 110Baader's site-selection decision actually involved more than the 50 headquarters jobs. The company's broader strategy also involved Baader's manufacturing operations for poultry processing equipment. In another part of Baader's drive to improve operational efficiencies, the company had decided that it would co-locate its poultry processing manufacturing with its operational base in whichever city was picked for the headquarters.
Manufacturing Jobs in KC
By getting the headquarters nod, Kansas City retains Baader's 110 existing poultry processing jobs.
Those 110 jobs trace back to Baader's 1997 purchase of Kansas City-based Johnson Food Equipment, a manufacturer of poultry processing equipment. After the buy, Baader changed the firm's name to Baader-Johnson and then transferred all of its poultry processing operations from Fort Myers to Kansas City.
With its headquarters decision made, Baader North America now plans to expand its Kansas City poultry processing operation, Miller said. Plans are already on the drawing board, he added, for a $3.5 million upgrade at the Baader-Johnson plant.
Australian Aerospace Picks Brisbane for National Headquarters
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia Australian Aerospace, a subsidiary of aviation giant European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS), has announced that it will establish its Australian headquarters at Brisbane Airport.
EADS Entered Australian Market Last YearAustralian Aerospace officials also cited the area's aerospace cluster. "We at Eurocopter are particularly proud to start a long-term partnership with the state of Queensland, which is clearly becoming a key actor for aeronautics in the Asia-Pacific region," said Eurocopter President Jean-Francois Bigay.
EADS, a cooperative venture between Germany's DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, France's Aerospatiale Matra and Spain's Construcciones Aeronauticas SA, last year became a significant player in Australian aviation. The Paris-based giant acquired the defense activities of Hawker Pacific of Australia, including 100 percent of Australian Aerospace.
Landing Australian Aerospace's headquarters continues Brisbane's recent run in attracting major aerospace operations. The city made its biggest splash last year, when Virgin Airlines picked Brisbane for its 750-employeee Australian headquarters. (See March 6, 2000, Blockbuster Deal of the Week, "Virgin Goes Down Under: Queensland Lands 750-Employee HQ.")
Brisbane has also landed other major aerospace projects that include DHL Worldwide Express's Oceania Shared Service Center and Boeing's Australian headquarters. In addition, a number of other major industry players have either already located in the area or have announced plans to do so. That group includes Earthworks, National Jet Systems, Jetcare, Pratt and Whitney, Singapore Airlines, Smiths Aerospace and Qantas.
The Brisbane Airport this year boosted its appeal for aerospace firms by opening an Aviation Australia training center. The center was created with $5.3 million in seed money from the Queensland government and the support of industry players including BAC, Boeing, Qantas and Virgin.
The training complex includes an administration building, a hangar training facility, workshops for engines and parts, a specialist library, and a range of research facilities, classrooms and laboratories. The center will serve 200 students this year. By 2005, it will be capable of handling 1,000 students.
Ritz Camera Picks Atlanta for 192,750-Sq.-Ft. Distribution Center
SUWANEE, Ga. Ritz Camera Centers, the largest U.S. photographic chain, has picked a metro Atlanta site for its 192,750-sq.-ft. (17,348-sq.-m.) distribution center. The operation will be located in Shawnee Ridge, a 587-acre (235-hectare) business park in Suwanee, Ga., part of the northeast Atlanta metro area.
Former Webvan Center HadThe camera retailer's site-selection decision takes much of a huge and long-languishing property off the market. Ritz Camera's new space is part of a 350,000-sq.-ft. (31,500-sq.-m.) facility that was once a Webvan distribution center. The building had stood empty since the online grocer went belly-up in July of last year, laying off 485 Atlanta-area employees.
Been Vacant for 10 Months
Ritz Camera, which has some 1,350 stores in 48 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, signed a 10-year lease on the Shawnee Ridge space. The company is leasing the space from AMB Property Corp., the San Francisco-based real estate investment trust that owns the building.
AMB has also successfully leased the remaining 157,250 sq. ft. (14,153 sq. m.) of the onetime Webvan center. Orlando-based Bari Italian Foods has signed a 12-year lease on the space, which will house the company's relocated Atlanta-area distribution operation.
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