LG Electronics to occupy new huge Alliance warehouse

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The mystery tenant for a huge new warehouse built by Hillwood Properties at Alliance has surfaced.

LG Electronics, a longtime tenant in the Alliance development, has leased the 1.2 million-square-foot industrial building at the new Alliance Center North.

John Taylor, a vice president with LG Electronics USA, said the company is consolidating two distribution facilities at Alliance into the new building, located at the northeast corner of Interstate 35W and Eagle Parkway. It is expected to be completed the summer.

Regionally, LG Electronics distributes televisions, Blu-ray players and other home entertainment products from a 450,000-square-foot facility in Roanoke, and refrigerators, washing machines and ranges from a 500,000-square-foot facility in the Fort Worth section of Alliance.

Taylor said the company will gain additional space in the move, and get better efficiencies for its operations.

Earlier this week, Hillwood said it was beginning construction on two more speculative industrial buildings totaling 1.3 million square feet of space. Hillwood said it had leased the new warehouse but declined to name the tenant.

Taylor said LG Electronics employs between 80 and 100 workers at the two distribution centers, but that number rises to as many as 180 workers on a seasonal basis. Fort Worth is the company’s largest distribution operation in the U.S. and will continue to grow as the company does.

The Alliance Center North development will have the capacity for more than 9 million square feet of industrial building space when it is built out, Hillwood said.

DFW plane spotter compiles a book

Aviation enthusiast Greg Gayden has spent years taking pictures of airplanes. Big planes, little planes and lots of planes that land at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

A few months ago, when he was visiting his father, Gayden found several old coffee table books that were full of plane pictures and thought he could probably put one together too.

And so, “In Focus: Boeing 737” was created.

“It was something fun for me to do with the photos,” said Gayden, who runs DFWTower.com, a local plane-spotting website. “So I just put it all together and threw it up on iTunes.”

Gayden’s book includes special liveries and some older liveries of airlines that don’t exist anymore, like ATA. He also has photos of the new American Airlines livery with the flag on the tail along with its traditional metal livery.

The photos were shot at DFW, Los Angeles, London Heathrow and in Tokyo over the course of several years. Locally, Gayden says he often shoots photos from Founders Plaza on the northwest side of DFW.

Gayden, who works as a Transportation Security Administration inspector at DFW, said it was fun compiling the book and plans to create others.

Up next … the A319.

— Andrea Ahles

Moritz expanding into the Alliance Corridor

The Moritz car dealership is expanding into north Fort Worth with construction of a Kia showroom and sales center in the Alliance Corridor.

The Kia dealership will sit on 8 acres along Interstate 35W, just north of the Allen Samuels car dealership, said Jim Hardick, general manager of Moritz Chevrolet, Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep and Kia dealerships in Fort Worth.

Moritz bought the land in the last year. Moritz also operates a Kia dealership at 8501 W. Interstate 30 in Fort Worth and at 110 NE Loop 820 in Hurst.

Construction on the 47,000-square-foot facility should begin in December and be done by the end of 2014, Hardick said. It will be the largest of the three Kia locations and will include a service center and car wash in addition to a showroom and sales lots, he said.

Chamber’s Berzina awarded top professional honor

David Berzina, executive vice president of economic development for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded Fellow Member status by the International Economic Development Council, a top professional honor.

The designation recognizes members who have attained unusual stature in the field of economic development and closely related disciplines.

Berzina earned the status in recognition of his economic development accomplishments, the chamber said. He has recruited and secured more than 16 million square feet of building space, $3.7 billion in capital investment, more than 25,000 jobs and more than $1.3 billion in annual payroll, it said.

“This designation is not only a sign of his personal success. It also reflects Fort Worth’s economic vitality,” said Susan Halsey, the chamber’s chairwoman, in a statement.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 sabaker@star-telegram.com Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 jfuquay@star-telegram.com Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 barry@star-telegram.com

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