Buildings 1 and 2 at the Rockefeller Group Logistics Center in Piscataway — Courtesy: Rockefeller Group
By Joshua Burd
Rockefeller Group and PCCP LLC have filled a second building at their planned 2.1 million-square-foot industrial park in Piscataway, signing a 155,000-square-foot lease with a maker of ductless heating and cooling products.
The tenant, Fujitsu General America Inc., will use the new space to distribute air conditioners, heat pumps and other products to customers in the Northeast as part of a consolidation and expansion of its New Jersey operations, Rockefeller said in a news release. It is the third company to sign a lease at what’s known as Rockefeller Group Logistics Center, a speculative five-building project off River Road and minutes from Interstate 287.
Fujitsu will take space alongside Humanscale, an office solutions firm, and bring Rockefeller’s second building to full occupancy. The developer has also leased 755,000 square feet at a separate building to Best Buy.
“Rockefeller Group is pleased that Fujitsu General has decided to join Humanscale and Best Buy at Rockefeller Group Logistics Center,” said Heath Abramsohn, vice president and regional director for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania region. “With the second building now 100 percent occupied, we are currently working towards completing construction on the balance of the site.”
The Cushman & Wakefield team of Jules Nissim, Stan Danzig and Marc Petrella represented ownership as the leasing agents with the development, along with an in-house team led by Abramsohn. Bob Sager and Dave Blitt of Bussel Realty represented Fujitsu General.
The company provides ductless cooling, heating systems and so-called variable refrigerant flow technology for residential and commercial use.
“In order to best serve our customers in the Northeast, we felt it was important to consolidate our operations in Middlesex County,” said Matt Peterson, president and chief operating officer of Fujitsu General. “Rockefeller Group Logistics Center provides us with a location that is not only close to the port of Elizabeth, but the facility we are moving to is state-of-the-art and it essentially doubles the capacity of our existing distribution center.”
Rockefeller is redeveloping the 228-acre former brownfield site after acquiring it last year from Lincoln Equities Group LLC and Real Capital Solutions. The project has contributed to what is now an emerging industrial submarket in and around Piscataway, which Mayor Brian Wahler praised as he welcomed another company to the township.
“We are delighted that Fujitsu General has chosen Piscataway, a decision that enables this international company to more broadly flourish in what is becoming an epicenter of economic development in the tristate region,” Wahler said. “We thank Fujitsu General for joining our township and wish it much success.”