Last Site In Early Industrial Park Under Development

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The last remaining parcel of undeveloped property in Stone Fort Industrial Park, originally developed by Stone Fort Land Company, is being developed by Kelkid, LLC.  Kelkid’s owners, Wes and Alan Kelley are constructing a 10,000-square foot industrial flex building at 4334 North Creek Road.  The park dates back to the 1960s when Tommy Lupton’s Stone Fort Land Company acquired the land. 

Mr. Lupton took over the company from his father in the late 1950s and ran it for about 45 years. Under Mr. Lupton’s leadership, Stone Fort developed not only this industrial park, but also Heritage Landing, the Tennessee American Water Company, the TVA Complex, and the Tallan and Krystal buildings, icons of Chattanooga’s gateway.

Kelkid owns and manages leasable industrial property in the Amnicola Highway area, including properties acquired from Stone Fort Land Co.  Wes Kelley said, ”We feel fortunate that Mr. Lupton not only sold our first building to us, but also acted as our mentor over the years.  He shaped what Kelkid has become today.  We have stayed true to his model of free-standing, flexible space buildings with less than 15,000 square feet.  This size facility has remained in high demand since our start in 2002.  We are proud that this is our sixth facility and hope to continue our steady growth for the coming years.  With this latest development, Kelkid, LLC continues to meet Chattanooga’s need for quality industrial space.” 

When finished, the building will include the 10,000-square foot building with a dock and four drive in doors and will offer many customizable options.  Alan Kelley said, “This is flexible space in a centralized location - good for service industries, distribution, light manufacturing, or warehousing operations.  It will appeal to a variety of tenants.”

The park has several similar structures, and is also home to other large manufacturing tenants, as well. Companies calling Stone Fort Industrial Park home include Baker Distributing Company, Chattanooga Coca Cola Bottling Company, Metal Tek International, River Bend Materials, Inc., American Bicycle Group, Ferguson, Zeco, MRO, Laurel Mountain Spring Water, Litespeed, Eightco and Partners Supply Company.

“This park and this site are very central, with easy access to everywhere in the region,” said the leasing agent, Benjamin Pitts with Herman Walldorf Commercial Real Estate. “There’s a traffic light to exit the park, and it’s close to Highway 153, so it’s easy to get downtown, get to the interstates, or to head up 153. That’s why the park has been so attractive to small businesses rolling service or delivery trucks in the region.”

Construction is scheduled for completion in mid December. 



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