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Ryder will employ 800

Matthew Sosin of Northern Equities at Ryder's Novi site.


NOVI Developers Northern Equities Group and Etkin Equities LLC will break ground next week on a Ryder global logistics facility that will bring in 800 jobs and launch the next phase of the Haggerty Corridor Corporate Park.

Florida-based Ryder Logistics & Transportation Services Worldwide plans to consolidate its Ann Arbor and Farmington Hills locations at the Novi facility, which has access to the M-5, I-275 and I-96 expressways. Officials from Farmington Hillsbased Northern Equities and Etkin Equities of South-field will host an 11 a.m. Wednesday groundbreaking, with representatives from the City of Novi, Oakland County and Ryder.

The 150,000-square-foot, three-story building is to cost in excess of $25 million. Ryder will occupy 80 percent of it. Yet-to-bedetermined tenants will take the remainder.

Ryder plans to move 500 jobs to the business park on the north side of 13 Mile Road between Haggerty Road and M-5. It plans to create 300 jobs.

"It's a global hub of the Ryder logistics program," said Matthew Sosin, vice president of Northern Equities. "They'll coordinate the movement of goods throughout the world. They'll plan other companies' logistic strategies. Multiple languages (will be) spoken."

No trucking will be done there. Instead, the facility will house engineers and executives, Sosin said. Ryder is to move into the brick, stone and glass structure on its 14-acre site in March.

"With all the high-paying jobs they're bringing, it's only good for the city of Novi," Sosin said.

Troy-based A.R. Decker & Associates is the project engineer; Gillett Associates Inc. of Farmington Hills is the architect ;and Cunningham-Limp, also of Farmington Hills, is the general contractor. Phyllis Canvasser of West Bloomfield Township will do the interior design.

Novi City Manager Clay Pearson said the facility, which will operate around the clock, demonstrates that Novi and southeast Michigan in general can attract high-tech companies.

"It proves we're an attractive center for investment," he said.

The development will kick off the second phase of the business park, which eventually will total 2.5 million square feet of office space. Until now, development has all been south of 13 Mile.

Northern Equities started the park in the late 1990s. The first phase, with tenants such as Omron Automotive, Paychex, Siemens and Trinity Health, is nearly done. The developer plans to expand Cabot Drive north of 13 Mile and to seek site plan approval for two office research buildings totaling 100,000 square feet, Sosin said. After Ryder, 170 acres of undeveloped land will remain in the second phase.

Author: VAUGHN GURGANIAN, The Oakland Press

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