Crowley Maritime Corp. leased a 36,000-square-foot office building at 8200 Nations Way in Cypress Point Business Park.
Colliers International Northeast Florida announced the deal Thursday. Jacksonville-based Crowley is leasing from 2016 Cypress Point FL LLLP, an Oklahoma partnership led by GBR Properties Inc.
“The use of the facility there reflects our need for additional space resulting from Crowley’s growth, such as the award of the U.S. Defense Freight Transportation Services contract,” said Crowley spokesman David DeCamp.
DeCamp said the space will accommodate about 150 employees in positions supporting government services, finance and other roles.
In November, U.S. Transportation Command, an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, awarded Crowley subsidiary Crowley Logistics Inc. a multiyear contract to provide transportation and related services supporting Department of Defense activities in the U.S. and Canada.
The command said the Department of Defense Freight Transportation Services contract is one of the largest logistics contracts awarded by the U.S. government.
The contract starts at two years followed by five option years for a value of about $2.3 billion.
The November announcement said the program encompasses all forms of truck transportation to include less than truckload, full truckload, expedited and refrigerated services.
Delivery locations will include vendor facilities, Defense Department warehouses or depots, and U.S. military installations.
Crowley said then that its participation in the contract would provide more than 70 new jobs in Jacksonville.
Cypress Point Business Park is an eight-building property on 50 acres in South Jacksonville near Interstate 95 and Butler Boulevard.
Mark Scott, senior vice president with Foundry Commercial’s Jacksonville office, and Peter Crolius with Graham & Company represented the landlord. Scott previously was with Graham & Co.
Colliers Executive Vice President Chuck Diebel and CEO Bob Selton with the Jacksonville office and Barrett Gibson with the Houston office represented Crowley in the lease negotiation.
“This location met all of Crowley’s needs and will enable them to continue implementing successful growth strategies,” Diebel said in a Thursday news release.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime is primarily a family and employee-owned marine solutions, energy and logistics services company that provides services in the U.S. and international markets.