BOSTON, MA— GID, a leading integrated real estate company active in the industrial sector since 1986, announced today the creation of GID Industrial, an investment platform formed with global real estate investor Ivanhoé Cambridge. Led by Rene Circ and Mike Wenaas, the platform will target industrial assets in growing markets across the United States.
“GID Industrial, with strong shared corporate values as well as a proven and seasoned management team, will complement our existing IDI Logistics big-box build-to-core strategy,” says Mario Morroni, Executive Vice President, Industrial, North America of Ivanhoé Cambridge. “Our partnership with GID is perfectly aligned with Ivanhoé Cambridge’s investment strategy and positions us to accelerate the execution of our urban infill light-industrial strategy in the US and continue to create value for our stakeholders in this highly competitive environment going forward.”
GID Industrial will focus on acquiring, developing, and managing infill industrial product in locations near dense residential and employment nodes in close proximity to the end customer. The combined portfolio stands at 19 million square feet in 15 markets across the country.
“Supply chains that support online sales must evolve to accommodate the demand for faster delivery times, requiring more warehouse space closer to the consumer,” according to Rene Circ, Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of GID Industrial. “GID has been investing in infill locations for the last 60 years, and GID Industrial will target assets that benefit from the continued strength and evolution of supply chains, especially as online spending shows no sign of slowing.”
Joining Circ and Wenaas on the leadership team is CFO Michelle Mussafi, formerly of Colony Capital, and Portfolio Manager Gary Kroll, who has managed GID’s industrial investments for the last 20 years. They will oversee a team of experienced investment professionals and asset managers who are located in Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Oakland, and Atlanta. The Investments and Capital Markets team boasts more than 15 years of success in the industry, working together at Cobalt Capital Partners even before their years at Colony Industrial. The asset management capabilities were further strengthened by merging in Evergreen Industrial, formerly owned by Ivanhoé Cambridge, bringing seven professionals with deep experience in operating industrial assets.
“Our team has spent significant time and resources investing in infill industrial real estate, long before it became an institutional asset class.” says Mike Wenaas, Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, GID Industrial. “The partnership with Ivanhoé Cambridge brings expertise, global relationships and capital to our investment strategy, accelerating our growth.”
Since these additions, GID Industrial has closed and tied up multiple acquisitions and developments in Tampa, Phoenix, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Northern New Jersey.