SCLA Buildout Continues

VICTORVILLE — The largely occupied Southern California Logistics Airport is going to boast a new industrial building on 22 acres that will help provide additional space to accommodate demand, a joint venture company announced Monday. Stirling Capital Investment said the city of Victorville has approved the entitlement for the company to build the industrial facility, which will comprise roughly 450,000 square feet for warehousing, distribution, assembly or manufacturing.

“We are excited to report that SCLA is seeing continued demand for industrial space, and despite being largely occupied,” Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler said in a statement. Metzler attributed demand to many factors, including the city’s public utility system that allows industry to conduct cost-effective business. Calling Victorville “an ideal location for industrial customers,” Stirling Development COO Brian Parno said the company hopes to start construction in the next few months. Since February 2001, SCLA has welcomed several large ground lease contracts and built-to-suit projects, including General Electric, Newell Rubbermaid, Leading Edge Aviation Services, Pratt Whitney, FedEx, Victorville Aerospace and Plastipak Packaging. The airport has also served Dr. Pepper Snapple Group’s entire West Coast beverage-consuming demand since 2010, and The Boeing Company signed a ground lease there last year.

City Approves Wholesale Electricity Interconnection, Wastewater Treatment Expansion

VICTORVILLE — The city announced it is expanding two utilities capabilities that will serve industrial clients with electricity and wastewater, and it anticipates new commercial deals as a result. Victorville will distribute electricity to large-scale commercial users through an expansion of its local distribution system, which will be connected with the statewide power grid through Southern California Edison, the city said in a statement.

It will be similar to how the city provides power to industrial tenants at Southern California Logistics Airport, including Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and The Boeing Co. “The expansion of our utilities offerings exemplifies our dedication to creating a competitive advantage for the businesses that occupy Victorville’s commercial properties,” Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler said in a statement. Victorville Municipal Utilities Services, overseen by the city’s Public Works Department, offers electrical service to commercial and industrial customers at SCLA and Foxborough Industrial Park, located along Nisqualli Road east of Hesperia Road. Additionally, the Victorville campus of St. Joseph Health, St. Mary — called St. Mary Medical or Oasis campus, which is being constructed on Amargosa Road south of Bear Valley Road — is to be a prime beneficiary of the expanded capability, officials said. Major construction work on the campus is expected to resume in January, following the completion of most utilities preparations in December, a St. Mary spokesmen said last week. Also, the Victorville Water District issued its first industrial pretreatment permit since having constructed its 2.5-million-gallon-per-day industrial wastewater treatment plant for the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group manufacturing plant at Southern California Logistics Airport. The permit was issued to Leading Edge Aircraft Services, allowing the discharge of some industrial waste that is the byproduct of washing newly manufactured aircraft, prior to being painted with a new airline livery. The permit will create efficiencies and savings for Leading Edge by omitting the company’s requirement to haul off its industrial waste. After treatment, the industrial wastewater treatment plant will return reclaimed water for industrial consumption. Mayor Pro Tem Ryan McEachron extolled the city’s enhanced capability to deliver power and water services. “Victorville will continue to work to attract better and higher-paying jobs through the use of these two tools,” McEachron said. “Since the elimination of redevelopment by the state of California, having the ability to provide lower costs associated with power usage and disposing of wastewater can be significant when companies are looking to relocate. “Victorville and SCLA have these tools at our disposal to provide as incentives for companies to locate their facilities here in the High Desert.”

How SCLA Is Putting Itself on the Map

VICTORVILLE, CA—The Southern California Logistics Airport here is being used not just for flight, but for aircraft painting, maintenance, storage and as an international hub, assistant city manager Keith Metzler tells GlobeSt.com. Moreover, the airport and the city itself have been recognized by both Hollywood and Madison Ave. as ideal for filming movies, TV show and commercials—in fact, the airport was recently the site of Southwest Airlines’ newly filmed commercial. GlobeSt.com spoke with Metzler about what’s been happening lately at the airport.

GlobeSt.com: Tell us about some of the new ways SCLA is being used and recognized. Metzler: At our airport, we have two runways, and they intersect. Inside the V that makes the intersection is a dedicated area for airplanes to do engine run-ups. It’s a safe place for after-flight or maintenance. They can park it and rev up the engines to full throttle without harming people or property in the area. Also, we have a modern-looking blast fence that makes such blast from the engine goes up in the air rather than blowing across the desert or runway. It’s in an area that’s remote—away from people and looky-loos. What’s new with Southwest is they chose SCLA to roll out their entire new paint scheme for all their airplanes. The interesting part of it is while SCLA announced their new livery here in Victorville with the commercial photo shoot, but we see painting here on a regular basis. Because of a company called Leading Edge, which has a contract primarily with Boeing, we regularly see brand-new unpainted airplanes from their assembly lines being flown to our place to be painted. We have a whole bunch of international activity—Ethiopia Airways, FedEx—and we’re becoming a hub for that kind of activity and for Boeing after-market maintenance.

SCLA Expansion Hinges on Developing Open Spaces

VICTORVILLE — Parked airplanes dotted a wide expanse of concrete, nestled in hangars and lined up in rows in areas often mistaken for boneyards. During a recent tour of Southern California Logistics Airport, the massive logistics and industrial park seemed rather quiet while certain corners faded into the abandoned George Air Force Base housing not far away.

But the airport built on part of the former military installation has been anything but silent. Companies including Boeing, Pacific Aerospace Resource and Technologies and Leading Edge, which lease hangars there, have ramped up work thanks in part to a boom in fuel-efficient engine testing, according to Victorville Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler, who is in charge of operations at the facility.

Planning Underway for Future Development at Victorville’s Southern California Logistics Airport

The Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) in the High Desert city of Victorville is nearly 100 percent leased, prompting the airport to determine its next growth areas. Since becoming SCLA in 1999, the City of Victorville has overseen the build-out and leasing of approximately 3.5 msf of industrial space at SCLA. Phase Two of the City’s industrial growth plan for the airport involves attracting build-to-suit tenants to continue the development of this growing industrial and aerospace hub.

Milestones of SCLA’s industrial growth began with its first major industrial transaction in February 2001, with a 22-acre ground lease to the High Desert Power Project to construct a $350 mil, 750-megawatt power generating facility. From there, SCLA attracted a 13.5-acre ground lease with General Electric in 2002; a 450k sf lease with Newell Rubbermaid in 2007; four build-to-suit hangar projects for Leading Edge Aviation Services, Pratt Whitney, FedEx and Victorville Aerospace in 2007; and a 300k sf lease with Plastipak Packaging in 2009.

What’s Next for SoCal Logistics Airport?

VICTORVILLE, CA—As GlobeSt.com reported earlier this week, Southern California Logistics Airport is rapidly approaching 100% leased status and is set to launch Phase 2 of its industrial growth plan for the airport. GlobeSt.com sat down with the City of Victorville’s assistant city manager Keith Metzler to discuss what’s next for the airport and the challenges it faces as it seeks expansion.

GlobeSt.com: Why was Victorville the ideal location for this airport? Metzler: Having been a military base, the big challenge was taking an old, antiquated infrastructure system, building it up to industry requirements and trying to utilize whatever land real estate we have. That’s been our biggest effort for the last 15-20 years, to get that old facility repositioned and put to use. When you go beyond that, a lot of it has to do with Victorville being central to a major consumer market in California. There are between 18 million and 20 million people in Southern California, and we’re right next door to them.

Logistics Airport Nears Total Occupancy

VICTORVILLE, CA—GlobeSt.com has learned exclusively that the City of Victorville’s Southern California Logistics Airport is approaching 100% leased on the eve of its 15th anniversary. Since the airport became SCLA in 1999, the City has overseen the build-out and leasing of approximately 3.5 million square feet of industrial space there, and now SCLA is poised for Phase 2.

The second phase of the industrial growth plan involves attracting build-to-suit tenants to continue the development of this growing industrial and aerospace hub. “Industrial growth at SCLA is a testament to the pro-business climate and unique utilities offerings that we have worked to create in the City of Victorville,” says Keith Metzler, assistant city manager at the City of Victorville. “We are excited to enter this next phase of growth to help companies like Dr. Pepper Snapple Group leverage the benefits of Victorville through build-to-suit industrial development.”

Boeing Signs New Lease for Long-Term Growth at Southern California Logistics Airport

The Boeing Company has signed a $1.8 million three-year lease at the City of Victorville’s Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA). The aerospace company’s 100,000-square-foot lease includes 10,000 square feet of office space and 90,000 square feet of hanger space at SCLA’s Hangar 678. The three-year lease includes three, three-year options, for a total of $8.3 million over the next 12 years.

“Boeing’s extension at Southern California Logistics Airport is a testament to the pro-business climate we have worked to create in the City of Victorville,” said Keith Metzler, assistant city manager at the City of Victorville. “This lease will pave the way for additional high-caliber corporations to follow Boeing’s lead and locate their operations in Victorville.”

The Boeing Company Inks Three-Year Lease for 100k sf in Victorville

The Boeing Company has signed a $1.8 mil, 36-month lease for 100k sf of space at the Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) campus in the city of Victorville. The aerospace company’s lease includes 10k sf of office space and 90k sf of hanger space at SCLA’s Hangar 678. The deal includes three, three-year options that could bring the lease total to $8.3 mil over the next 12 years.

A tenant at SCLA since 2003, Boeing’s long-term occupancy of Hangar 678 enables the company to centralize three of its growing operating divisions: Boeing Capital, Boeing AOG and Boeing Flight Test. SCLA’s Hangar 678 serves as a facility for aircraft transition and modification services, including modification with upgraded electronics and inflight entertainment, as well as structural repairs for Boeing customers from around the world. Additionally, the facility serves as a hub for Boeing’s instillation of buyer furnished equipment on new aircraft.

SCLA Tenant Leading Edge Gets Major Airline Contract

A Victor Valley company has been busy ever since American Airlines and US Airways combined forces and called for a total face-lift of its aircraft.

Leading Edge Aviation Services Inc. of Victorville will begin design and logo work on a new Boeing 777, as the airlines continue the $11 billion merger process, which will result in American Airlines becoming the largest carrier in the world.