Loctek Inc. is developing a distribution warehouse in North Jacksonville now that the city has issued a permit for Arco Design/Build to construct the project at a cost of $9.48 million.
The city issued the permit March 15 for the 234,000-square-foot project planned at 2983 Faye Road between New Berlin Road and Alta Drive in NorthPoint Industrial Park.
Plans show a future 126,000-square-foot expansion, creating an eventual 360,000-square-foot facility.
Loctek expects to invest at least $10.4 million in the project, permits and applications show.
The city issued a permit Dec. 8 for Arco Design/Build to construct the foundation at a job cost of $302,810. The site-clearing permit Oct. 26 for the 47.9-acre site was $617,715.
The warehouse will be an e-commerce fulfillment center for Loctek Ergonomic, which makes work furniture focused on wellness and productivity.
Loctek makes sit-stand height-adjustable workstations; monitor mounts; desk bikes; mobile carts with TV, DVD and camera shelves; space management mounts; ergonomic office chairs; and health and fitness accessories.
Jax2983 LLC, part of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate, is the property owner and developer. Houston Engineering Inc. of Conyers, Georgia, is the civil engineer.
Loctek’s U.S. headquarters is in Livermore, California. Loctek Ergonomic Technology Corp. is based in China.
The company has been leasing a 102,409-square-foot building at 1350 Tradeport Drive in Jacksonville International Tradeport in North Jacksonville.
Loctek Inc. Development Manager Lori Wu said in February 2021 by email that the company occupies the Tradeport structure and will build at the Faye Road site, which is near the JaxPort Blount Island Marine Terminal.
It is expanding “for e-commerce fulfillment purposes to utilize the Jacksonville ocean port,” Wu said.
Loctek operates factories in China and Vietnam and distribution centers in Livermore, California, which is near San Francisco, and in Memphis, Tennessee, and Houston.
Loctek real estate representative Jeff Collins, a principal of Jacksonville-based Commercial Florida Realty Inc., said previously that Loctek will lease the Tradeport building until the new structure is built.
Collins said Loctek will build next to the mega-warehouse leased by GE Appliances at 2969 Faye Road.
Wu said Loctek has 10-15 employees at the Tradeport warehouse and will have 20-30 at Faye Road.
Collins said Loctek started its U.S. distribution with the California location and expanded to Memphis, Houston and other locations.
“Jacksonville will be the next significant distribution center,” he said.