Governor Rick Scott Attends SeaLand Grand Opening at Huntington Centre!

The January 23rd ribbon cutting ceremony launched the new headquarters for intra-Americas containerized transportation company, with Governor Rick Scott in attendance

SeaLand, the intra-Americas regional ocean carrier of the Maersk Group  officially opened their  Miramar, Florida headquarters Friday, January 23rd at Huntington Centre. Craig Mygatt, SeaLand’s CEO, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony with Governor Rick Scott and other Florida officials present for the celebration. Governor Scott welcomed SeaLand to the state and used the event to announce the strong December 2014 Florida jobs numbers. SeaLand has so far contributed 65 new Florida jobs.

“SeaLand’s 13,000 square foot headquarters in Miramar at MetLife’s Huntington Centre is a highly significant leasing deal in terms of economic impact,” said Taylor & Mathis Director of Leasing, Donna Korn.  “The company will be an outstanding asset to Broward County.”  Korn, along with Jennifer Gemma, brokered the lease transaction on behalf of landlord MetLife.

SeaLand CEO Craig Mygatt & Governor Rick Scott Cut the Ribbon
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The Taylor & Mathis Team: Jennifer Gemma, Unknown, Unknown, Governor Rick Scott, Donna Korn, Marlene Diaz, MetLife’s Andrew Kennedy & Michael Wilkie

SeaLand was launched on January 1, 2015 to service the growing Americas trade region. Several major factors played into the timing of SeaLand entering this region including: the Panama Canal expansion, near-sourcing and demand for year round produce. Refrigerated transportation is a particular strength of the ocean carrier. “I am delighted to commemorate the opening of our new SeaLand headquarters with a celebratory ribbon cutting event. Florida is an important trade hub for the Americas so is the ideal location for the base of our operations. We’re committed to developing meaningful industry relationships in the local communities where we work. Connecting the Americas, the people and region, is important to us. Together, with all of our partners, we’ll help grow the marketplace. We all go together, “Vamos Juntos,” said Craig Mygatt, CEO of SeaLand.

SeaLand is a regional, ocean transportation company dedicated to the Intra-Americas market and is a division of the Maersk Group. January 1, 2015, SeaLand commenced operations offering right-sized shipping solutions delivered through personally connected representatives, helpful technology and expertise that give customers an advantage throughout the region.

Born of the Americas, for the Americas, SeaLand is absolutely committed to its customers. That’s what drives SeaLand to build connections that unleash the potential of the Americas. Shippers in the Americas come in all shapes and sizes, but they all need a partner who believes every box matters and who does business the way they do business—passionately and personally.

With SeaLand, empowered individuals work tirelessly to get to know their customers’ business and help them on the spot. Shippers also leverage the power of SeaLand’s strategic hub locations, ability to convert over the road and network of established relationships.

Most importantly, customers benefit from a company wide commitment that says, “We don’t just ship your cargo. Vamos Juntos! We go together.”

Governor Rick Scott Announces SeaLand to Open Miramar Headquarters Location at Huntington Centre

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Project will create 65 jobs and a capital investment of $350,000

Governor Rick Scott announced that SeaLand will locate its corporate headquarters to Huntington Centre in Miramar. The shipping company will create 65 jobs and a capital investment of $350,000 in the South Florida community.

Governor Scott said, “The opening of SeaLand’s headquarters in Miramar is great news for area families, and the 65 new jobs that will be created will help more families live the American Dream here in Florida. Since December 2010, we have created 651,300 private-sector jobs and we will continue working to create an opportunity economy where every Floridian who wants a job can get one.”

“SeaLand’s 13,000 square foot headquarters in Miramar at MetLife’s Huntington Centre is a highly significant leasing deal in terms of economic impact,” said Taylor & Mathis Director of Leasing, Donna Korn. “The company will be an outstanding asset to Broward County.” Korn, along with Jennifer Gemma, brokered the lease transaction on behalf of landlord MetLife.

In January of 2014, Maersk Line, the world’s leading ocean transportation company and a unit of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, announced the formation of a regional, containerized shipping company – SeaLand – dedicated to the intra-Americas market.

With a structure similar to Maersk’s other successful regional carriers, including intra-Asia carrier MCC Transport and intra-Europe carrier Seago Line, SeaLand will feature knowledgeable, local sales and support personnel positioned in North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, to meet the unique needs of customers throughout the region. This agile framework will provide greater flexibility and a higher-level of customer-focused service to these local markets. Maersk Line’s existing Intra-Americas service network will be the foundation for SeaLand’s ocean products.

Craig Mygatt, SeaLand’s CEO said, “We are excited to base our headquarters in Miramar, Florida. The SeaLand headquarters will act as the main hub for our business which spans throughout North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. This location is ideal for our operation and will serve us well as we focus on delivering world-class shipping service for all of our customers throughout this vital region of the world. We believe Florida offers great opportunities for our team and their families. We thank Governor Scott, Secretary Swoope, the State of Florida, Enterprise Florida, and our local partners for their outstanding support on this project.”
The broader wholesale trade, transportation and logistics industry employs more than half a million Floridians. Of those, nearly 85,500 work at companies specifically providing logistics and distribution services. As the gateway to Latin America, Florida’s logistics and distribution industry is poised to grow further with the Panama Canal expansion, and the numerous infrastructure developments and upgrades underway around the state.

“SeaLand’s decision to locate in Florida validates the state’s success in maintaining a business climate that supports not only Florida’s extensive logistics industry, but our headquarters sector as well,” said Gray Swoope, president & CEO of Enterprise Florida. “Florida’s resources, including a strong workforce, expansive infrastructure and strategic partnerships, have created one of the top business climates in the country. We’re excited to see SeaLand take advantage of Florida’s assets and I congratulate them on this establishment.”

This project was made possible through the close partnerships of Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSource Florida, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Broward County.

“Florida is a global trade hub and businesses that specialize in logistics, like SeaLand, thrive here,” said Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “This administration is focused on diversifying our economy and building our trade, transportation, and logistics industries so we can bring more jobs to our state for Florida families. With the creation of 65 new jobs over the next year by SeaLand, we are continuing to grow our opportunity economy.”

CareerSource Florida provides performance-based partial reimbursement grants to qualifying new or expanding businesses for customized employee training through the Quick Response Training (QRT) program.

“CareerSource Florida strongly supports the growth of Florida’s target industries through training grants that facilitate high-skill, high-wage jobs,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO Chris Hart IV. “With the location of SeaLand’s new headquarters here, our beautiful state further strengthens its growing international reputation as the global hub for trade and logistics operations.”

“We are proud to welcome SeaLand to our city and commend the company for partnering with us as we work to sustain a strong economic base for our community,” said Miramar Mayor Lori C. Moseley.

“SeaLand is yet another example that ‘Broward Means Business.’ The company has a long distinguished reputation in the marine industry, which is a prime targeted business and we thank them for bringing jobs and a considerable investment to Broward County,” said Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief. “Broward County continues its widespread effort to bring new companies to our area and we are pleased to welcome SeaLand to Miramar.”

“The Alliance is excited that SeaLand has located in Miramar. The company’s rich history and bright future in marine and logistics is a perfect match and strong addition to two of Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County’s targeted industries. We wish the company continued success,” said Alliance CEO Bob Swindell.

Broward Team Secures 37,528 Square Feet in Leases at MetLife Properties

Broward Leasing Team 2Taylor & Mathis of Florida’s Broward leasing team has executed six office leases totaling 37,528 square feet at three MetLife properties in the third quarter.  “Summer leasing activity has been unusually brisk this year; a sign of the improving economy,” according to T&M Director of Leasing Donna Korn.

Donna Korn and Jennifer Gemma of Taylor & Mathis brokered the following office lease transactions in Broward County on behalf of landlord MetLife including 21,831 square feet leased at Huntington Centre and 11,381 square feet at Miramar Centre in Miramar plus 3,866 square feet at Venture Corporate Center, Hollywood.

Huntington Centre, Miramar Florida

  • Office of the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Southern District of Florida | Miami-Dade Division signed a 10,039 square foot renewal and expansion.
  • Nordyne International, Inc., offering industry-leading HVAC brands, products, training and programs, leased 7,644 square feet. The deal was co-brokered by Daniel Cook of Cook Commercial Realty, Inc. representing the tenant.
  • Payroll Experts, LLC leased 3,532 square feet. The deal was co-brokered by Sal Bonsignore of Colliers International representing the tenant.
  • Green Cross Home Care Services, Inc. signed a renewal of 616 square feet

Miramar Centre, Miramar Florida

  • Humana Medical Plan, Inc. signed a renewal of 11,381 square feet. MetLife owns two buildings at Miramar Center with this deal keeping the 3401 building at 100% occupancy. The deal was co-brokered by Leigh Anne Johnson of DTZ representing the tenant.

Venture Corporate Center, Hollywood Florida

  • Enclos Corp. leased 3,866 square feet.  The deal was co-brokered by Zachary Talbot and Rick Miller of DTZ representing the tenant. Enclos, a facade engineering and curtain wall design company, is one of the largest specialty design-build contractors in the United States.

Broward Leasing Team Closes Out 2013 with 3 Deals Totaling 23,571 Square Feet

Taylor & Mathis of Florida’s Broward leasing team led by Donna Korn closed out 2013 with three new deals totaling 23,571 square feet.   Donna Korn and Jennifer Gemma of Taylor & Mathis brokered the following lease transactions on behalf of the landlords.  Taylor & Mathis, the exclusive leasing agent for these properties ended the year with nearly 180,000 square feet of leases throughout their Broward County portfolio.

  • Long term tenant, Amcor Rigid Plastics USA, Inc., signed a 15,706 square foot renewal and expansion at MetLife’s Huntington Centre in Miramar, Florida.  The deal was co-brokered by Elizabeth Santos of Sime Realty Corporation who represented Amcor.  The firm is a leading supplier of consumer-driven rigid plastic packaging for the world’s most popular brands in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and personal / homecare industries.  For more information visit www.amcor.com
  • PointOne Holdings, a Real Estate Investment Group with offices in Hollywood, FL and Atlanta, GA, leased 2,766 square feet at MetLife’s Venture Corporate Center in Hollywood, FL.   The deal was co-brokered by Adam Starr of Brenner Real Estate Group. PointOne Holdings is an investment and operating platform which presently owns and manages a diversified portfolio of residential, commercial and hospitality assets with a value of more than $150 million.   For more information, visit www.pointoneholdings.com
  • Synechron Inc expanded their offices leasing 5,099 square feet at UBS Realty Investor’s Corporate Centre II in Sawgrass.  Chris Constant & Chris Smith of Cushman & Wakefield of Florida, Inc. co-brokered the deal on behalf of the software company.  For more information visit www.synechron.com

Farmers Insurance Exchange Leases 11,874 SF at Miramar Centre and Magner International and Automated Healthcare Sign Leases at Huntington Centre

1320-05RobertStein (4) CropTaylor & Mathis has signed Farmers Insurance Exchange to an 11,874 square foot lease at Miramar Center III (3601 SW 160th Avenue, Miramar, FL 33027).   Donna Korn and Jennifer Patterson of Taylor & Mathis brokered the transaction on behalf of owner MetLife.  Co-brokers Robert Blumenthal and Bob Schneiderman of DTZ, a UGL Company represented Farmers.  Located inBrowardCounty, the 100,000 square-foot, Class A office building is located just off I-75 atMiramar Parkway West andDykes Road.  MetLife also owns the adjacent Miramar Centre I.

“We are very pleased to have brought these two Class A office buildings to 94% occupancy,” stated T&M Director of Leasing Donna Korn.  “Tenants including Farmers Insurance find the buildings’ location at the Broward and Miami/Dade County line to be a significant asset to employee recruiting.”

HuntExterior CropTaylor & Mathis completed two leases at MetLife’s Huntington Centre also located in Miramar just off of I-75 and Miramar Parkway East.

2801 & 2901 S.W. 149 Avenue, Miramar, Florida 33027

  • Magner International Corp  leased 2,224 Square Feet

Donna Korn of Taylor & Mathis brokered the transaction on behalf of owner MetLife; Co-broker by Gonzalo Rioja of Stone-Miller representing Magner.

  • Automated Healthcare Solutions, LLC signed a 2,638 Square Foot Expansion

Donna Korn and Jennifer Patterson of Taylor & Mathis brokered the transactions on behalf of owner MetLife