International Paper Co. has paid $11.6 million for a 415,700-square-foot warehouse in West Sadsbury, a rural enclave on the far western edges of Chester County where it abuts Lancaster County.
The building at 4581 Lower Valley Road was sold by VMM Eckman Management, an entity affiliated with J.D. Eckman, a Reading company that does highway construction, according to Chester County property records.
Thomas J. Ryan, a spokesman for International Paper, confirmed the purchase and said the company would disclose its plans for the building at a later date. Bill Beers, zoning officer for West Sadsbury, said he toured the building with a representative from International Paper. “They are going to use it for warehousing, basically for box storage,” Beers said.
International Paper operates another facility in Chester County in Toughkenamon in addition to maintaining several warehouses and production plants in Pennsylvania and South Jersey.
The West Sadsbury building sits on 42 acres. As it is currently configured, a portion of the building is office space.
International Paper is based in Memphis, Tennessee. Industrial packaging – the boxes used in e-commerce and to store and move products such as fruits, vegetables, beverages and durable good such as refrigerators – accounts for 70% of the company’s revenue. Its packaging is also used in the health care and pharmaceutical industries. The company also makes paper used for printers, books and labels among other items.
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