Leading laminates manufacturer Isola Group has announced its move to a brand new, 118,383-square-foot, state-of-the-art corporate headquarters within building three at the Lotus Project Chandler in Chandler, Arizona. The new global headquarters will consolidate Isola’s administrative, manufacturing and research and development activities from two area locations into one Class A, purpose-built flex industrial location.
JLL Executive Vice President Steve Larsen and Senior Vice President Jason Moore represented Isola in the lease transaction. Jackie Orcutt, Rusty Kennedy, John Grady, James Cohn and Jonathan Teeter of CBRE represented the project landlord and developer, Conor Commercial. JLL’s Project Development Services Team managed Isola’s build-out.
Locally based Isola is a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs). It is also the first to sign within Lotus Project Chandler, a 53-acre mixed-use employment park that, at build out, will total over 650,000 square feet of Class A industrial and office space located just off of Kyrene Road, near the intersection of Interstate 10 and the Loop 202.
“Isola has been one of Chandler’s long-standing technology employers and we are thrilled that their new headquarters and operational facility will remain in our community,” said Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. “It has been a pleasure working with Isola throughout the site selection process and we wish them many more years of success.”
Using a modern cell-based manufacturing approach, Isola’s new Chandler facility is designed to quickly deliver smaller batches of the company’s broad product portfolio – an approach that responds to industry shifts from volume manufacturing to new product prototyping and early stage production.
“We’re very excited about the new facility and the significant opportunity it provides to optimize our ability in serving the evolving electronics market in North America,” said Isola Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Travis Kelly. “Our focus from the start of our search for a new location has always been to remain in the Chandler market, and JLL was a significant partner in this process.”
“Isola’s new headquarters is ideally suited for its very specific needs,” said Moore. “That includes the clear height and power they require, and a location at the heart of a very talented employment pool.”
The new Isola headquarters is located at 6565 W. Frye Rd., within the Southeast Valley’s I-10 Technology Corridor. It is part of the two-phase Lotus Project advanced manufacturing and light industrial development, being developed by Conor Commercial and boasting 32-foot clear height ceilings, ample power, efficient loading capacity and abundant parking. The project is less than one mile from I-10 and the Loop 202, less than 15 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and less than 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix.
“It’s exciting to see Conor Commercial’s vision for this site come to life,” said CBRE’s Jackie Orcutt. “With one outstanding tenant now a part of the Lotus Project story, we’re looking forward to welcoming many more companies to one of the premier industrial projects in the East Valley.”
Isola is expected to begin a phased move-in of the new facility beginning in the fourth quarter 2019.