April, 2021, Rob Nahigian, FRICS,CRE,SIOR,MCR was engaged a real estate counselor by the former CEO of Cumberland Farms, Ari Haseotes and his family trust in this disposition of 40 acres of industrial land in W. Bridgewater, MA.
April, 2021 Rob Nahigian, FRICS, CRE, SIOR, MCR of Auburndale Realty Co., Newton, Mass. is pleased to announce that he recently completed a corporate real estate transaction for Hoskin&Muir, d/b/a HMI-Cardinal of Louisville, KY and its subsidiary Woon-Tech of 369 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA. It has resulted in one of the most impactful manufacturing relocation and long-term leases in central Massachusetts and the Worcester market. Woon-Tech will be leasing 120,000 square feet in total and relocating over 125 new manufacturing and warehouse jobs to 7-9 Latti Farm Road, Millbury, MA. The lease control period is long-term. The facility is located in the Millbury Industrial Park comprised of a total of 160,000 square foot and was the former Boston Globe Press and Distribution operations. The vacant building was the former Worcester Telegram & Gazette facility that was sold to the Boston Globe. The location of Millbury Industrial Park is key for distribution as its 2 miles from Rt. 140 and the MA Pike. The Boston Globe closed this facility in 2016 and sold it three years later to Tonuse, Inc., the current landlord. The plant was constructed approximately 22 years ago when The Globe owned the Worcester Telegram & Gazette which it sold in 2014.Mr. Nahigian developed and implemented a strategic plan with Woon-Tech and HMI during the Summer of 2020 to relocate its workers and manufacturing for its global reach. WoonTech is a glass company that manufactures and customizes glass shower doors, glass table-tops, glass wall partitions, floorings, awnings, etc. The company takes large sheets of glass, then custom cuts the glass and polishes the glass for delivery. Its customer base is both residential and commercial. The company ships out over 1,000 pieces per day with over 750 customers. Woon-Tech’s partners are located on the east coast, Montreal and Europe. Its financial operations throughout the U.S. have exceled in the last five years and has outgrown its current location. The company is looking to add another 20 to 30 employees. It is currently located in Whitinsville, MA in a total of 40,000 square feet of space comprised of office/manufacturing/warehouse. Its main facility is 33,000 square feet. The President of Woon-Tech is Josh Foster who is now the National Vice-President of Operations for HMI-Cardinal. Josh spearheaded the site selection process working with Rob Nahigian since last July, 2020. HMI-Cardinal is a privately held company with locations throughout the U.S.The landlord is Tonuse, Inc. of Worcester, MA, an industrial investment company that owns properties throughout the Northeast. Its President Tony Russell was instrumental in the lease negotiations and to the details of HMI’s requirements to make this transaction a success since the initial contact last August, 2020. The property will undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation for Woon-Tech that will include an upgrade of the manufacturing facility, offices and warehouse area to a state-of-the-art condition.