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Lee & Associates Transacts 111,700 SF Industrial Lease in Moorpark
Short term fix leads to long term deal and persuades local manufacturer to drop plans to move to Mexico
Lee Principals John Ochoa, SIOR and Grant Harris transacted the seven-year lease at 609 Science Drive in Moorpark on behalf of AG Machining, Inc. Colliers International’
“We often bring companies into Ventura County from other parts of Southern California, but it’s not often that we have the opportunity to help a company remain in the U.S.,” said Ochoa. “This was a win for my client, the landlord, Ventura County and the city of Moorpark.”
AG Machining, a full service metal fabrication company, has been operating in Ventura County for 25 years, but at the urging of one of its distribution companies, began exploring a move to the Otay Mesa region of Mexico, just east of Tijuana.
“Our idea was to relocate, realize substantial savings on labor costs and pass some of those savings on to our distributors,”
Even as negotiations in Mexico were continuing, AG Machining was outgrowing its warehouse space, so Ochoa approached DuRoss to explore the possibility of taking space at 609 Science Drive on a temporary basis. But he also knew that, given the right terms, the building could also become a more permanent home for the company.
“There were some specific deal points that we needed – early possession to set up the operation, free rent and an option to purchase – in order to effectively compete with the options AG Machining was exploring in Mexico,” said Ochoa. “Patrick really listened to us.”
The 609 Science Drive landlord had owned the building for many years, and his cost basis for the building was low, giving DuRoss some flexibility in negotiations.
“A lot of landlords would not have been willing to offer a month-to-month 20,000 square foot lease on a building of this size,” DuRoss said. “But we were confident that once the tenant got into the building, the benefits of staying there would become clear.”
AG Machining was founded in Moorpark, where its owner resides, but through the years its expansion needs took it to several different facilities in Simi Valley. The opportunity to consolidate its three facilities under one roof back where its president lived, along with the quality of the building and the terms of the deal proved to be a better solution than a move to Mexico.
“We knew we needed to come in with a creative deal structure that specifically addressed AG Machining’s short term needs and long term goals,” DeGrinis said. “At the same time, we had a great building with that was exceptionally well suited to this tenant.”
Garcia had explored purchasing a building for his business several years ago when prices were skyrocketing, and was still interested in acquiring a property. The option to purchase combined with the other lease terms convinced him to withdraw the proposals on the properties in Mexico in favor of the new building in Moorpark.
“This new lease offers us a lot of cost savings without having to uproot our business and lose our U.S. presence,” Garcia said. “It also gives us an ownership opportunity, which was important to us, and what better place to own prime real estate than in the U.S.A? We couldn’t have hoped for a better solution.”