Global medical firm to lease next door to its existing operation.
Ecolab Inc. is expanding at Jacksonville International Tradeport by leasing a new building next door.
Spokesman Roman Blahoski said it intends to expand into a new building at 13475 International Parkway in September.
That is next to Ecolab’s leased 127,000-square-foot structure at 13500 Tradeport Circle E., which it occupied in September 2015.
Ecolab, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services for global customers. One of its operating units serves the health care industry.
Blahoski, director of global communications, said the Tradeport expansion is because of growth in its health care business. He said there would be no increase in employment.
It also represents an expansion to a company approved in December 2014 for city incentives to move to the Tradeport.
City Council approved a Recapture Enhanced Value grant of up to $214,000 payable over five years from the Jacksonville International Airport Community Redevelopment Area fund.
Ecolab bought Microtek Medical, which leased space in Southside, in 2007. For the grant, Ecolab said it would retain 55 jobs and create 35 jobs at an average wage of $28,000 a year, plus benefits in the move to the Tradeport.
The Office of Economic Development said that as of Dec. 31, the city made two payments, totaling about $56,663, to Ecolab.
Ecolab created more jobs than required. The city said the company retained the required 55 jobs but has created 70 new jobs, double the 35 needed for the grant.
That puts its workforce at 125 employees.
Dallas-based developer Jackson-Shaw did a build-to-suit for Ecolab in that deal and also developed the new building.
Ecolab says its global institutional segment provides specialized cleaning and sanitizing products to the food service, hospitality, lodging, health care, government, education and retail industries.
Its health care operating unit provides infection prevention and other products to acute care hospitals and surgery centers.
Haskew Co. is the contractor to build-out the new 54,000-square-foot building at a project cost of $570,348, according to a pending building permit.
Jackson-Shaw developed the building, called International 4, as well as the 124,000-square-foot International 3 at 13525 International Parkway.
International 3 and 4 are urban industrial buildings that total 178,000 square feet of what Jackson-Shaw calls state-of-the-art bulk distribution space.
International 3 was built at a construction cost of $4.5 million on 13.36 acres, including 109 parking spaces, a 32-foot clear height and 37 dock high doors.
International 4 was built for $2.3 million on 3.6 acres, including 31 parking spaces, a 28-foot clear height and 16 dock high doors.
Tyler Newman and Jacob Horsley, directors at Cushman & Wakefield, are the leasing agents for Jackson-Shaw.
J.R. Tomlinson with Jackson Cooksey in Dallas represented Ecolab.
Newman said in March that the smaller building was flexible and would be conducive to a local location for a national supply company.
Jackson-Shaw owns other warehouse properties at the Tradeport, which is at southwest I-95 and Airport Road.
It says on its website it originally bought 995,000 square feet of industrial space and 85 acres at the Tradeport.
Jackson-Shaw also developed the 25-acre Creekside Distribution Center at the Tradeport. It sold Creekside in 2014.