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Delicato leasing Lathrop warehouse
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LATHROP – The Lathrop Industrial Park has snagged itself a world-renowned tenant.

Delicato Family Vineyards, also known by its moniker DFV, has leased 145,000 square feet of warehouse space in one of the quartet of buildings in the Tom Murphy development next to the Lathrop-Manteca ACE Train Station on West Yosemite Avenue, City Manager Cary Keaten announced during his report to the city council Monday night.

The leased space is about a third of the total 450,000 square feet space in the third building that was constructed in the 64-acre industrial park. The last of the four concrete tilt-up warehouses built at this property just east of McKinley Avenue was a 375,000-square-foot building on a 15-acre lot.

Steve Carrigan, Lathrop’s newly hired Economic Development Administrator, said the Delicato Family Vineyards will be utilizing the warehouse for its ship-ready bottled wines. The family-owned company, 14 years shy of its century jubilee, liked the industrial park’s location which affords easy access to major highway arteries, Carrigan said. Just a few yards down the road to the west is the western terminus of the Highway 120 Bypass which then quickly links to Interstate 5 and on to Highway 205 that leads to the San Francisco Bay area and beyond.

Keaten told the council that DFV is “looking in the future to expand their warehouse.”

Founded in 1924 by Gaspare Indelicato, Delicato Family Vineyards has been the recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards in the industry including being bestowed the unprecedented three-time honor of being named US Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Recognized as America’s Fastest-growing Winery, Delicato Family Vineyards announced in the summer of  2009 its new industry moniker, DFV Wines, in conjunction to several key changes being made to its national and international sales teams. These changes were prompted by the phenomenal sales success of DFV Wines’ new wine brands – Twisted, Irony, Gnarly Head, Brazin, 337 and Bota Box.

Today, the third generation members of the Indelicato family are continuing the vision of their forward-looking grandfather with grandson Chris Indelicato as the company’s current CEO.

From turkey farm to industrial park
The Lathrop Industrial Park sits on land that was formerly home to a turkey farm owned by the late Howard Shideler, one of the early movers and shakers in Manteca as well as philanthropist and huge supporter of the Manteca Historical Society and Museum and the San Joaquin County Historical Museum.

The first warehouse building at this site was completed in 2000, followed by the second one in 2001. The third building, where DFV leased warehouse space, was completed in 2005. The completion of the fourth building gave this industrial park a total of more than 1.3 million square feet of warehouse and office space. Besides the freeway convenience that the site affords, this industrial development is also just next door to the Union Pacific Railroad. The future construction of a major freeway interchange at nearby Highway 120 Bypass and McKinley Avenue is another big plus to the industrial park’s location.

The Lathrop Industrial Park, which boasts aesthetically pleasing architectural designs and landscaping, following stringent requirements by the city, is already home to a number of businesses that includes Pflug Packaging and Amcor Pet Packaging.