Like nectar to bees, Westchase District’s superior mobility and office amenities have attracted yet another corporate leader to its boundaries – Beemac Logistics recently occupied about 5,000 square feet of the Towers at Westchase II, located in the District at 10350 Richmond Avenue. The lease is the latest in a fresh swarm of expansions and relocations that sweeten the District’s reputation as a beehive for corporate colonization.
Honey, we’re home
Founded in 1984 by Rick Macklin (the “mac” in Beemac) in Beaver, PA, Beemac Logistics serves more than 14,000 customers across a range of industries including industrial manufacturing, automotive, oil and gas, retail and agriculture. The company handles thousands of loads per month across all major freight modes including flatbed, van, refrigerated, rail, barge, ocean and air. Beemac provides cost effective solutions to transportation and logistics challenges throughout North Amercia by partnering with more than 17,000 carriers. For the past two years, the company has doubled in size each year and has recently opened offices in Pittsburgh, Denver and Birmingham, with more offices in the works.
“Over the past few years, our work in Texas has increased significantly,” said Michael Ceravolo, chief commercial officer. “We have a healthy base of loyal customers in the area, and Houston has truly become a second home for us. We have a robust service offering in the region, providing storage, material handling, transloading, inspection services, warehousing and direct discharge as well as local and long-haul trucking.”
It makes sense that one of the fastest growing transportation providers in the country would want to expand its presence in Houston. The city is home to the second busiest port in the country, two of the top 50 busiest airports and a network of freeways and rail connections that make it a major transportation center. After conducting an extensive, months-long search for the ideal location to expand its operations, Ceravolo said Beemac ultimately chose Westchase District. “We looked at other parts of the city, but for us, the area’s access to other areas of town via Beltway 8, along with the building’s great amenities, really put Westchase District over the top for us.”
A hive of activity
Built in 2008, the 14-story Towers at Westchase II offers its tenants Class-A workspace in one of the landmark locations on the Westchase District skyline. “We have an amazing space with world class amenities including a state-of-the-art gym, multiple on-site restaurant offerings, ample secure parking and unrestricted access to the beltway and surrounding metro areas,” Marshall Greer, Houston branch manager, said. “We plan to staff this office with about 50 logistics professionals as Phase 1 of our Houston growth. This location, paired with Beemac’s strong offering of solutions and network of capabilities, will allow us to bring the top talent in Houston to our organization.”
Ceravolo said the company plans to recruit many of those new operations, customer service and sales professionals (dare we call them worker bees?) this summer. “Our management team is interviewing like crazy and starting to build the pipeline for new hires this summer,” he said. “There are so many opportunities for development in this market and we can’t wait to grow out our team.”