Two new tenants bring Midlink Business Park in Comstock Township to full occupancy

Back in 1996, Kalamazoo got the bad news that the GM stamping plant with its 3,100 jobs, was one of nine being closed by the automaker. 

This week the business that took over that property, Midlink Business Park, announced that two new tenants have moved into the development, bringing it to full occupancy. 

Midlink, which offers the selling point that it is midway between Detroit and Chicago on I-94, has two 800,000-square-foot buildings for multiple tenants sitting on a 340-acre development. 

Together the two new long-term tenants are leasing 40,000 square feet. 

Behler-Young Company has leased a newly built-out, 24,000 square-foot suite at 3607 Midlink Drive. It will house offices, a 2,100 square-foot showroom, a 750 square-foot training room, and a warehouse. 

The Grand Rapids-based Behler-Young is one of the largest wholesale distributors of HVAC/RTM products and services throughout Michigan and Northwest Ohio. It also is a major provider of business and technical training for contractors. The third-generation family-owned business relocated its Kalamazoo branch to Midlink West from its former location at 929 Second Street.

“The new branch is spacious, with plenty of room for expansion, which means we will be able to stock more product to help service our customers daily,” says Steve Nagel, Behler-Young’s Director of the Western Region. “Most exciting is that we have an on-site training facility, where we will be able to seat 30 people. Our customers will love our new location.” 

Select Express & Logistics has leased a 16,000-square-foot space at 5133 Midlink Drive. A national retail and e-commerce logistics company based in New York City, Select Express & Logistics is one of the country’s leading providers of customized same-day and next-day delivery and logistics solutions. 

Since it’s been open for business, Midlink Business Park has completed in excess of three million square feet of short- and long-term leases, sold more than $3.3 million of land for development, and brought more than 1,500 jobs to the community, the company says. 

The business park offers more than 1.6 million square feet of existing space, and 101 acres of mixed-use surplus land, including 61 acres of industrial land for development and a 40-acre retail zone. 

The park also offers dual rail service, truck-friendly access to, and throughout the development and high-capacity infrastructure for advanced manufacturing and distribution. The original site was renovated and repurposed after an affiliate of Hackman Capital Partners, LLC, purchased the property in 1999.  

Robert D. Britigan III, President of Midlink Business Park, welcomes Behler-Young and Select Express & Logistics “to Midlink’s strong roster of tenants,” and says, “We’re committed to them all and feel extremely fortunate that business is doing so well.”

Source: Midlink Business Park

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Kathy Jennings is the managing editor of Southwest Michigan's Second Wave. She is a freelance writer and editor.