Stihl, a national maker of outdoor power equipment and related products, announced plans Friday to lease one of five warehouses now under construction off I-85/40 at the Buckhorn Road exit in Mebane.
The industrial park, with almost 1 million square feet of warehouse space, is being built by national developer Al Neyer. Al Neyer’s land for its newest project – on 14 separate parcels – is bounded by I-85/40 near the Buckhorn Road exit on the southern side of the interchange, behind the Petro truck stop and stretching to West Ten Road on the northwest corner of the same intersection in western Orange County (and the easternmost part of Mebane).
Three of the five buildings would be built facing the interstate, with 100,000, 75,000, and 330,000 square feet each. Two other buildings would be in the interior of the acreage, with 210,000 and 265,200 square feet, for a total of 980,200 square feet.
[Story continues below layout for the Al Neyer industrial park off I-85/40 at the Buckhorn Road exit.]
[Story continues below architectural rendering of the new Stihl facility in Mebane.]
Stihl will lease the second largest of the five buildings, one with 265,200 square feet on a 27.8 acre lot. Stihl has announced that it will use the entire building and add 15,000 square feet for regional offices and dealer training. An outside demonstration area is planned to allow for product training for sales staff as well as dealer training events.
Stihl now operates a smaller warehouse on Executive Court in Hillsborough, near the Orange County Sportsplex; one of the key factors in choosing the new Mebane location, according to Stihl representatives, was to be within close proximity of its current location so as to retain the existing Stihl workforce in Hillsborough and yet large enough to accommodate 10 years of future growth.
“The excitement around a development like Buckhorn Industrial Park is multiplied when a world-class company like Stihl chooses to continue to invest in the Triangle region,” according to Justin Parker, Al Neyer vice president for the Triangle region. ” We are thrilled to welcome them to Mebane and grateful for the partnership,” he added.