L & F Distributors will build new Corpus Christi Warehouse

The following article appeared in the Corpus Christi Caller Times 04-08-10:

L&F Distributors will build a new warehouse and office on  State Highway 44 near the airport. Construction will be begin in May and  be completed in 10 months on the 150,000-square-foot facility.Contributed Illustration

L&F Distributors will build a new warehouse and office on State Highway 44 near the airport. Construction will be begin in May and be completed in 10 months on the 150,000-square-foot facility.

CORPUS CHRISTI — Tony LaMantia, a partner in L&F Distributors, plans to begin construction next month on a new 150,000 square foot facility after seeing his company grow substantially since he purchased the Budweiser distributorship in 2001.

The current warehouse and offices, 601 19th St., have reached capacity, and LaMantia said he would rather build a green facility that allows the company to grow well into the future.

“We have needed to add on for a while, but it takes a while to plan things,” he said. “We’ve been planning this for about a year and a half. I think our next 10 years will be as good as our last nine, and it felt like the right time to move.”

The new building will be on State Highway 44 between Clarkwood and Bockholt roads. It will feature green elements such as insulated concrete walls for energy efficiency, a specialized roof system that reduces heat gain and 1-inch insulated, reflective glass.

It will be about twice as big as his current building and will accommodate about 165 employees, LaMantia said. It includes about 20,000 square feet of office space.

Construction is expected to begin in May and be completed in 10 months. Beecroft Construction of Corpus Christi and St. Louis-based S.M. Wilson and Co. will oversee the project, which is expected to employ about 175 workers, LaMantia said.

L&F also operates warehouses in Beeville, Alice, Laredo, McAllen, Harlingen, Rio Grande City, El Paso, Alpine and Roswell, N.M. The company recently expanded its facility in Roswell and plans to build a new warehouse in Laredo in the next two years or so, LaMantia said.

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Weldon Dietze an agent with NAI Cravey Real Estate Services represented the family that owned the land.  Matthew Cravey, President of NAI Cravey represented the LaMantias in the purchase of the land.

Also, NAI Cravey has the existing L & F facility on 601 N. 19th street in Corpus Christi listed for sale. Sales information on that facility can be found at:

http://looplink.loopnet.com/15906929/broker/cravey

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