Economic Development News March 18, 2020

International companies contribute to the boom in the Carolinas construction market — and they’re bringing their own style

Currently under construction, Pester Pac Automation’s facility is surrounded by trees and includes a man-made water basin.

The Charlotte area has become a magnet for internationally owned companies. According to a 2019 report from the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, the Charlotte region boasts more than 1,000 internationally owned businesses from more than 45 countries, employing more than 82,000 people. Leading the way is Germany, with 217 companies in the area employing close to 21,000 people. This influx of international companies has contributed to a construction boom.

“Many international companies don’t like the standard box building, so they want to build their own,” said Sven Gerzer, vice president of business recruitment for Europe, India and North America for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. “From a construction perspective, these are great customers because they want to build according to their exact specifications.”

“Many of the international companies Edifice partners with include both office and manufacturing or distribution components within a single facility. The inclusion of a flagship office or showroom component in the front a building, along with a more functional component as the back of house, sometimes differs from the approach taken by many domestic companies whose expansion is largely focused on boosting supply chain or manufacturing capabilities,” said Sloan Kormelink director of business development with Edifice. Pester Pac Automation, a secondary packaging company in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry chose this layout in order to showcase its brand and a location where the landscape had a natural feel. Currently under construction, Pester Pac Automation’s facility is surrounded by trees and includes a man-made water basin.

German-based Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, a leading manufacturer of measurement and control systems for liquids and gases, also chose this route for its 168,000-square foot facility in Huntersville. The manufacturing portion takes up more than 100,000 square feet, while the front 68,000 square feet includes administrative areas, training facilities and an indoor fitness center. The company also selected a large site to support future growth with views of natural landscape.


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