New office Bass Flexible Packaging - Lakeville-MN-1

New Office, Manufacturing & Storage Building for Bass Flexible Packaging

New Office – Lakeville, MN A new office, manufacturing, and storage building for Bass Flexible Packaging, a small plastics business. Phase one building size of 6,840 SF. The site was designed to make maximum use of the buildable area. The exterior consists of insulated masonry walls. The single story structure incorporates fire sprinklers and high capacity electrical system for plastics …

Manufacturing Warehouse Space Available MN

Manufacturing Warehouse Space Available MN:

The team at CERRON has a variety of manufacturing warehouse spaces available in and around the south metro, Minnesota.

These industrial buildings range in size from 3,000 to 100,000 SF in Apple Valley, Bloomington, Burnsville, Lakeville, Rosemount, and Farmington.

Whether you are looking for a specific clear height, number of dock or drive-in doors, outdoor storage, or a location on or near rail service, our team can work with you to identify the ideal space to meet your needs.

Here are just a couple of examples of current manufacturing warehouse properties we have available:



21673 Cedar Avenue (click on the address to see full details including brochure)

Manufacturing Warehouse Space Available Lakeville MN

This warehouse space for lease mn (or for sale) almost 100,000 SF space includes: 93,283 SF of warehouse / manufacturing, 4,486 SF office,  (6) Docks (4-enclosed), (3) Drive-Ins, Heavy Power 4600A/480v, 18’ to 19’6” Clear Height, Purchase or Lease (2 tenants possible).  



8640 Harriet Avenue South (click on the address to see full details including brochure)

Office Warehouse Lease Space Bloomington

This office warehouse lease space offers two space options: Option 1: 7,000 SF Warehouse; and, Option 2: 2,600 SF Office (build to suit). Office is located on the 2nd floor. Near 494 & I-35W, by Lyndale Ave. Office space includes lots of windows and is dividable. Warehouse space includes 3 drive-in doors, floor drains, and air make-up. 

Spaces Available Now:

Our commercial and industrial property inventory changes weekly. Connect with our team to discuss your needs and we can set you up on a search to find the ideal property, or line up a showing for you.


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Manufacturing & Increased Need in Southern MN

The state of manufacturing and the increased need for personnel in the industrial sector of Southern MN is making the news. As published in the Owatonna People’s Press, Kim Hyatt’s article, “Minnesota’s manufacturers are confident in economy, wish for more workers,” explores the current need for skilled manufacturers in Southern Minnesota.

In this article, Hyatt discusses a recent presentation by Bob Kill, president and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota, as he presented findings from the 2015 State of Manufacturing survey. The survey results indicated an all time high confidence level among manufacturers, at the same time these same manufacturers are finding it a challenge to fill positions. As a result, many companies are working with area schools and technical colleges, opening their doors, and educating the next generation about the abundant opportunities available in this field.

Our team at APPRO and CERRON hears these same sentiments on a daily basis from the clients we work with. We would strongly encourage students in high school to explore the opportunities available in this industry. As you drive through the industrial park where our offices are located, you see sign after sign of industrial companies seeking help. The opportunities and the variety of careers are abundant!



You may also be interested in some of our related articles:

MN Manufacturing Online Resources

Manufacturing Lean Process

Industrial & Manufacturing Construction on the rise

Completed Buildings for Manufacturers

Completed Office Warehouse Projects




Manufacturing Construction Updates

Manufacturing Construction Updates: A Current Perspective on U.S. Manufacturing & Industrial Facilities

Manufacturing Construction Updates discussed by Kathy Morse“Manufacturing is coming back to the U.S., both in terms of jobs and demand for industrial facilities,” according to Robert Carr, in his recent article, “Manufacturing Sector Benefits from Hi-Tech Efficiency” in the National Real Estate Investor (NREI). This is an insightful article for both the manufacturing industry and for our organizations – APPRO Development, Inc. and CERRON Commercial Properties, LLC, as a commercial building services providers to the manufacturing industry. Some of Carr’s key points are:

  • We will see a larger number of manufacturing facilities in the years ahead
  • Larger, aged manufacturing facilities have [and will continue to] become functionally obsolete
  • [Many of] the new properties will…consist of expansions by current companies
  • The U.S. remains a manufacturing powerhouse today and that the trends we are seeing take shape in the market decidedly favor manufacturing
  • The manufacturing sector is actually above pre-recession volume (in terms of dollar value before and after the recession for the value of construction)

We are working with many business owners – in manufacturing, and other industries – who account for this improvement. Whether the need is to build a new facility, to add on to an existing site, or simply remodel, we help walk our clients through all their options. They have the information they need to then make the decisions to bring continued success to their organization. If you have considered a change in your building (manufacturing, industrial or other commercial building type), and want more information on current commercial construction trends, please give our team a call. We can help walk you through the process. Our process starts with a simple phone call or email, and we can guide you from there. No pressure, no stress – we are here to help! Give us a call today at 952-469-9444.

Imperial Plastics – Interior Virtual Tour

Imperial Plastics – Mankato is now complete!

Imperial Plastics Virtual Tour

See the virtual tour of the project HERE.

Project Summary: The Imperial Plastics Production Facility is located in Eastwood Energy Center, Mankato, Minnesota. This is a new production facility for a growing Minnesota based plastics manufacturer. The project for the shell building consisted of the erection of a total of 124,368 square feet on a vacant lot, including production, warehouse, office, and mezzanine space. APPRO Development, Inc., is proud to be the design-builder/general contractor on this project, bringing more than 27 years of commercial construction experience to the table. You may also view a summary of the project by clicking HERE.

If you are interesting in discussing a similar project, please contact our team. We have a full service team with design and architecture, financial management and project management, to assist you with every step in the process of creating a property solution to meet your specific needs. Our team is just a click or a phone call away.

Mankato Production Facility Up & Running: Mankato, MN

Mankato Production Facility Up & Running for Imperial Plastics in Mankato, MN

Imperial Plastics Mankato by APPRO Development Project Completion 03112014052The Mankato production facility is up & running for Imperial Plastics in Mankato, Minnesota. We celebrated the groundbreaking last August, 2013 and it great to see the machines installed and the company working to transition from their Kasota manufacturing location to Mankato, MN.

Dan Linehan, with the Mankato Free Press, recently wrote an article, “Plastics factory up and running: Imperial Plastics expanded in Mankato, broke ground Aug. 1″. Linehan summarized the project in more detail and included commentary on the Mankato project by Angela Riley, CFO for Imperial Plastics: “It’s been a great, great deal for us.”

If you are interested in building, developing, or adding on to your existing commercial space – please call the team at APPRO Development, Inc. Whether your project is a Mankato production facility, a retail remodel in the Twin Cities, or land development in North Dakota, our team can assist you in finding the perfect property solution to meet your unique needs in MN and ND. Contact us today to get your project started!



Office Warehouse Space: Apple Valley, MN

Office Warehouse Space Apple Valley, MN – Apple Valley Business Campus, Phase III

Office warehouse space is now available in Apple Valley, MN. Phase I& II of the Apple Valley Business Campus is at almost 100% capacity and Phase III is now leasing with construction completion anticipated for mid-summer, 2014.

Apple Valley Business Campus (AVBC) is an office warehouse space located in Apple Valley (just a block away from Sam’s Club, Menards, and many area restaurants) & is zoned I-2

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This is an ideal use for: Office/Warehouse, Instructional Athletic, Manufacturing, Distribution, or Show Room

For more information, visit our website.

Grab a flyer HERE: Phase III AV Business Campus – 6275 147th St. W-Flyer


MN Manufacturing Online Resource Available: Made in Minnesota

MN Manufacturing Industry – An Online Resource is Available!

MN Manufacturing Made in MN LogoMN Manufacturing Industry…there is an online resource available to you, and you may not be aware of this opportunity! APPRO Development and CERRON Commercial Properties are fortunate to work a lot with the manufacturing industry. So, when we come across relevant topics, we are eager to share.

Last Fall 2013, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for the State of Minnesota created and released a database specific to the manufacturing industry: Made in Minnesota. There is no cost for participation in this database. It is simple, easy to use, and only takes a couple of minutes to enter your information – HERE. When you sign up, you will be joining 823 other companies (and growing) already registered in the database, according to the Small Business 101 blog post, “A Holiday Gift for Manufacturers that’s Made in Minnesota”. We were impressed by the information found here and the possible opportunities which could result from MN manufacturers working together.

On a local level, we attend the Manufacturers Appreciation Event, hosted by the City of Lakeville every fall, in our own backyard, occurring during our Minnesota statewide Manufacturers Week. Over the years, we have found that neighboring businesses had no idea what the other manufactured until being introduced to one another at this event. As a result, neighboring businesses were able to work with one another, resulting in benefits for each company.

By having this same information available on a large scale, and with the ease of an electronic database, Minnesota companies have a fantastic opportunity to work with one another, and to keep our manufacturing dollars close to home.

Just thought our friends in the manufacturing industry might want to know!

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MN Warehousing Tax – Part 1

MN Warehousing Tax – Part 1

MN Warehousing Tax– Part 1 is the first of two reports we are planning to bring to our readers regarding the new warehouse tax on the books for MN businesses. If you are involved in third party warehousing as a part of your business, we are sure you have heard the MN Warehousing Tax is due to go into effect on April 1st. It is actually one of three business to business (B2B) taxes to go into effect in 2014. This specific warehousing tax would impact businesses which provide third party warehousing services, as well as those businesses who utilize these third party services.

According to the MN Department of Revenue, “Starting April 1, 2014, business-related warehousing and storage services will be taxable in Minnesota. This means state sales and use tax is due when a business buys warehouse or storage services for its tangible personal property.” There are exceptions to this rule, which are dependent upon business use[1].

Come April 1st, Minnesota would be one of few if not the only state with a warehousing tax of this kind, which could ultimately put the businesses in our state at a distinct disadvantage. Some companies are already feeling the impact of this tax. According to an article by Jessica Harper for Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune, in an interview with warehousing General Manager, Kathy Forester, in talking about the tax, she states, “With its customers seeking services elsewhere, Strategic lost 18 percent of its revenue between August 2013 and January 2014, which prompted the company to lay off 22 percent of its workforce[2].”

The Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to reconvene on February 25th. At that time, the Minnesota State Budget will be reviewed. If there is a sufficient surplus, Governor Dayton may consider a repeal of one or more of these B2B taxes[3]. As it stands now, however, these taxes have been signed into law and only a new bill that strikes the provision of the current tax could repeal it. There are many groups working right now, toward the effort to repeal the MN Warehousing Tax.[4]

Stay tuned to learn more in the weeks to come, or feel free to contact our team with concerns about the impact on your current commercial space.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Mid-February – State Budget Forecast (Gov. Dayton will use this information to determine if these new taxes are necessary)
  • February 25th – New Legislative Session Begins
  • April 1st – New Warehouse Tax goes into effect

[1] MN Department of Revenue Warehouse Tax Summary

[2] Businesses impacted by the MN Warehouse Tax

[3] Businesses vow to repeal the warehouse tax and Gov. Dayton to support repeal if sufficient surplus exists

[4] Commercial Real Estate Group works to repeal the tax


Industrial Production Facility Construction Nears Completion: Mankato, MN

Imperial Plastics Industrial Production Facility Construction Nears Completion in Mankato, MN

The newest industrial production facility construction by APPRO Development, Inc. is nearing completion. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) has been issued on the Imperial Plastics Mankato project (click link to see more project photos). Owner furnished equipment installation (e.g. process piping, racking and cranes) is well under way and the final interior finishes are being installed which include: carpet, paint, and ceramic tile, to name a few.

It does not seem all that long ago that APPRO Development, along with representatives from near and far, came to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for Imperial Plastics as they kicked off construction of this 124,000 SF (approximate) manufacturing/production facility. Although, it was a whole lot sunnier and warmer back in August than it is now as we near the end of January 2014, the time has gone by rather quickly and we find ourselves nearing the time to turn over the keys. APPRO Development is targeting the end of February to turn the building over to the owner.

Do you have an existing building in the Mankato area and wondered, “what can I do with an existing warehouse building?” You may need some design ideas or a free market analyis. Or, possibly a new building is in your future, as you address your company needs. It is never too early to contact our professional team. Our no obligation initial consultation may provide just the answers you have been looking for. These were the first steps in working with this client and we would be happy to help you find a solution for your business, too. Contact our knowledgeable, friendly team today.