Duke Realty Breaks Ground on Shorr Packaging’s New Corporate Headquarters and Warehouse

(Chicago, Ill. – June 26, 2015)  Construction began today on Shorr Packaging Corp.’s new corporate headquarters and warehouse, a 242,732-square-foot, build-to-suit industrial facility being built by Duke Realty. Shorr Packaging, a distributor of packaging products, equipment and services, will consolidate operations from three different buildings into their new facility in Duke Realty’s Butterfield Corporate Park, a multi-building industrial campus off I-88 in Aurora, in spring 2016.

“Due to our continued growth, we needed additional warehouse capability, but wanted to remain in the Aurora submarket for the convenience of our customers and employees and because of its proximity to the Chicago metro area,” said David Shorr, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Shorr Packaging. “Duke Realty was able to meet our location requirements, plus has the development capabilities to deliver the building we want. We are confident in their abilities to deliver our new facility.”

Shorr Packaging’s build-to-suit warehouse will include 32′ clear heights, 53′ x 52′ column spacing and office space on the first and second floors. Two drive-in doors and 20, 9′ x 10′ dock doors will be incorporated into the structural precast panel building. The 13-acre site also will include 156 automobile parking spaces and a 185′ deep truck court.

“We are pleased that we are able to meet all of Shorr Packaging’s space needs in the submarket in which they want to be located,” said Ryan O’Leary, Senior Vice President of Duke Realty’s Chicago operations. “Constructing a new build-to-suit facility for Shorr Packaging is an excellent way to ensure that they have adequate space for their office operations as well as efficient warehouse space.”

Trevor Ragsdale with JLL represented Shorr Packaging in the transaction, while Duke Realty was represented by listing agents Traci Payette, David Prell and John Suerth with CBRE and Susan Bergdoll with Duke Realty.

Parties interested in build-to-suit or prelease opportunities in Butterfield Corporate Park or other development opportunities with Duke Realty are invited to contact Ms. Bergdoll at 847.232.5420 or susan.bergdoll@dukerealty.com.

About Shorr Packaging Corp

Founded in 1922, Shorr Packaging Corp. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest independent distributors of packaging materials and equipment. Headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, Shorr Packaging is a 100% employee-owned company specializing in comprehensive packaging solutions for businesses of any size and industry. Shorr represents automated equipment lines from industry leaders such as 3M, Lantech, Combi, Sealed Air and Wexxar/BEL that utilize state-of-the-art technology to streamline the entire packaging process. Shorr’s wide selection of packaging and shipping supplies includes corrugated products, carton closure, pallet unitization products, protective packaging and flexible packaging, plus extensive capabilities in customized corrugated design. For more information about Shorr’s packaging solutions, visit www.shorr.com.
About Duke Realty

In the greater Chicago area, Duke Realty owns, manages or has under development more than 12.5 million square feet of industrial and healthcare properties and has strategic land positions in Butterfield Business Park and in other locations available for future development. Duke Realty’s local offices are located at 9377 West Higgins Road, Suite 600 in Rosemont.

On a nationwide basis, Duke Realty Corporation owns, maintains an interest in or has under development approximately 141 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical office, in 22 major U.S. metropolitan areas. Duke Realty Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about Duke Realty Corporation is available at www.dukerealty.com.  Duke Realty also can be followed on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.