ViaWest and Willmeng Construction Break Ground on Sub-Zero Industrial Project

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January 24, 2023 –GOODYEAR, Ariz. – ViaWest Group, a Phoenix-based, full-service commercial real estate firm, began work on the latest Valley location for the Sub-Zero Group, Inc.; this one in the City of Goodyear. ViaWest Group, Scottsdale Investment Management (“SIM”), and their building partners Willmeng Construction, DLR Group and Kimley-Horn broke ground on the state-of-the-art, 599,351 square foot build-to-suit manufacturing/distribution facility which will be the third facility that Sub-Zero operates in the West Valley.   

“We are extremely proud that one of our existing Goodyear manufacturers continues to choose Goodyear with this new expansion project. Sub-Zero was the first manufacturing company in PV303, the first manufacturer in the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone in 2011, and is currently our 7th largest employer,” said Mayor Joe Pizzillo of Goodyear.     

Sub-Zero is a Madison, Wisconsin-based brand of major residential kitchen appliances expanding its presence in Arizona. Currently, Sub-Zero has locations at 3865 W Van Buren in Phoenix and 4295 N Cotton Lane in Goodyear. Sub-Zero took the lead as one of the original manufacturers to locate along the Loop 303 freeway creating a trend that other manufacturers soon followed. Upon completing this project, the company will have more than one million square feet of manufacturing space in Goodyear. 

“As we plan to execute expansion aligned with our growth strategy, we are proud to continue our partnership with the City of Goodyear. The expansive manufacturing and distribution footprint will give us an opportunity for long-term growth,” said Scott Wareing, Sr. Vice president of Operations at Sub-Zero.  

The Sub-Zero warehouse and distribution center, sitting on 36.44 acres, is located on the Southwest corner of Camelback Road and Cotton Lane, along Loop 303.      

“The success of build-to-suit projects like this comes from assembling a strong team. For Willmeng, we look at who’s the developer, who’s the architect, and who’s the city. When we find the right team is in place, the stressors are reduced and we can focus on delivering just what the tenant is looking for,” said Willmeng CEO James Murphy. “We’ve enjoyed a lot of successful projects with this team: ViaWest, DLR Group and the City of Goodyear. We’re thankful to work with this team again, to be a part of this project, and we look forward to delivering a great result for Sub-Zero.” 

The Sub-Zero industrial project adds to the growing ViaWest portfolio across the Valley. Along the I-10 corridor that makes up the border of Tempe and Phoenix, ViaWest has two industrial developments underway with Willmeng as the general contractor. Converge Logistics Center and Sight Logistics Park are both projects expected to be delivered in 2023. 

“We are very excited to commence construction on this Class A, build-to-suit industrial project for Sub-Zero,” said Steven Schwarz, Founding Partner at ViaWest Group. “They are a brand of the highest quality, and we are excited to align our common values and vision with theirs to bring this project to fruition. Our joint venture partner, Scottsdale Investment Management (SIM), along with our development team of Willmeng Construction, DLR, and Kimley-Horn all share a results-driven perspective that meshes well with the City of Goodyear and the amazing partner they have been in this process.” 

SIM is the partner on this industrial build-to-suit project with ViaWest for Sub-Zero. SIM has been active in both the industrial and single-family rental spaces and continues to build on its reputation as a strong real estate owner focused on strategically-located real estate throughout the Southwest.  

“Sub-Zero enjoys an incredible reputation within the luxury appliance space, and we at SIM are thrilled to partner with ViaWest in expanding their presence to over 1M square feet in Goodyear. High-quality projects that meaningfully impact our community like this have been our focus over SIM’s 45-year history, and we appreciate Goodyear’s partnership in making this happen” said SIM Partner Ed Grant. 

About ViaWest Group

Established in 2003, ViaWest Group is a Phoenix-based, full-service commercial real estate investment, development, and property management firm. ViaWest Group is one of the fastest growing real estate investment companies in the Southwestern U.S. with over $2.5 billion in deals since inception, 8+ million SF owned and managed, with offices in Phoenix and Denver. ViaWest Group is currently seeking to acquire and develop office, industrial, and multi-family buildings and land parcels in the Southwestern U.S. Visit our website www.viawestgroup.com or contact Mikele Keiffer at (602) 957-8300 x116. 

About Willmeng Construction, Inc.

Willmeng Construction, established in 1977, is a Phoenix-based commercial general contractor specializing in ground-up and tenant improvement projects for the public and private market sectors in Arizona. Willmeng stays true to building excellence and was awarded the Best of NAIOP Arizona’s Firm of the Year, General Contractor of the Year and TI Contractor of the Year in 2020. They were also recently selected as the 2020 and 2022 RED Awards General Contractor of the Year. Willmeng is built on great relationships, a commitment to building a genuine place of purpose, and the reputation of positively impacting employees, clients and the community through volunteerism. For more information visit www.willmeng.com.  

About Scottsdale Investment Management 

Scottsdale Investment Management (“SIM”) was founded in 1978 with a practical, disciplined, and forward-thinking approach to purchasing and investing in real estate. As an Arizona-based company, we remain focused on strong professional, civic, and moral engagement with our community, investors, and stakeholders. That formula has helped SIM prevail through the very cyclical nature of the Phoenix real estate market for over 4 decades and makes us different than any other firm throughout the Valley.  While SIM today has 5 Partners, the 3 Founding Partners remain active in daily operations to ensure SIM’s multi-disciplinary approach to real estate continues into the future. Please visit us at www.simaz.com for additional information. 

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