Leland Chosen as Site of Woodworkers Distribution Operation

February 19, 2007

Leland, NC - One of North America's leading suppliers of wood Moulding has selected space in Leland, N.C., for a new distribution center that will serve the company's growing mid-Atlantic customer base. Moulding & Millwork, a unit of Canada's Sauder Industries, Ltd., will operate a 67,000-square-foot distribution operation in what was formerly the Arnold Logistics Building in Leland.

The move by Moulding & Millwork brings 40 new jobs and $5 million in investment to the community, according to the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission. It also marks a significant accomplishment for North Carolina's Southeast on several fronts. The Southeast's regular outreach to industrial real estate professionals helped connect Moulding & Millwork to a short list of appropriate sites. The firm's interest in the region was the result of a relationship the Commission had built with the Charlotte office of Trammell Crow, one of the nation's large industrial and commercial real estate brokers.

In finalizing details of the project, the company and its brokers worked closely with local development officials in Brunswick County. "Thank you to the staff of North Carolina's Southeast for its help in bringing Moulding & Millwork to Brunswick County," said Steve Johnson, director of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission. Due to Moulding & Millwork's need to secure suitable space as soon as possible, the region's North Carolina Department of Commerce representative was not involved in the project until after realtors and company officials had already settled on the Leland site. "It was one of those rare occasions when clients see exactly what they want, and are eager to move ahead immediately to obtain it," explained Steve Yost, marketing manager at North Carolina's Southeast Commission.

Yost says the project was a unique fit for the region because it overlaps two of southeastern North Carolina's target "cluster" industries: building products and distribution. Both were identified in 2004 through an exhaustive analysis of the region's natural and man-made assets and existing industries. Proximity to the North Carolina Port of Wilmington, for instance, was a factor in the selection of Leland for the site. "It shows our cluster-based marketing focus is right on target," Yost added.

Established by the North Carolina's General Assembly in 1993, North Carolina's Southeast Commission is a public-private marketing partnership representing eleven counties from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sandhills. Since its creation, it has helped secure more than $718 million in investment for the region and assisted in the creation of nearly 7,500 new jobs. For more information, visit www.ncse.org.