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Another 1.75M square feet
More job generating business park projects for Manteca
A business park on Louise Avenue west of the Manteca Unified School District office complex. - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin

Get ready for a building boom in Manteca industrial space.
Developers are moving plans through city hall that will add 1.75 million square feet of distribution space in four different business park locations around Manteca.
While three of the projects are spec buildings aimed to create inventory to satisfy the growing demand for logistics and distribution to serve the Bay Area, Sacramento, and much of Northern California  from a centralized location within a market of 17 million consumers, one will allow an existing Manteca employer to expand its existing 194,000-square-foot complex on the northeast corner of South Main Street and Industrial Park Drive by 68,202 square feet.
BRFunsten — a major distributor of flooring products to retailers — has plans currently in review for addition al warehouse and office space. The additional will go on the eastern end of the building where there is now a graveled truck storage area. It will add 34 new parking stalls, landscaping, and a new entrance.
The other projects are:
uCenterPoint’s submission of architectural review plans for a 550,970-square foot budding designed for expansion to 1.2 million square feet at Airport Way and Roth Road.
uA 280,000-square-foot industrial warehouse spec building on Dupont Court in Spreckels Park next to the Dryer’s Ice Cream refrigeration storage. The developer is getting ready to take out permits.
uThe Exeter project at 2325 Louise Avenue west of Airport Way. The developer is seeking to reduce the previously approved project to 848,401 square feet and has plans in the review process.
Countywide, 6.7 million square feet of business park space for industrial uses such as logistics and distribution have been added since 2013. An amount just 100,000 square feet shy of that is either in the planning stage or under instruction in Manteca, Tracy, Lathrop, and Stockton.
BR Funsten was established in 1957 in San Francisco. They moved to Manteca in 1997 in the 108,000-square-foot building that originally housed Dana Auto Parts at South Main Street and Industrial Park Drive.
 Funsten representatives indicated when they opted to expand in Manteca in 2009 and not relocate elsewhere to secure additional space that Manteca’s location gives distribution centers a logistical advantage. Not only are is the city on the six-mile Highway 120 Bypass that connects with California’s so-called “Main Street” Highway 99 and the key north-south West Coast route in Interstate 5 but it also connects with direct freeway access to the Bay Area. Two major intermodal stations – Union Pacific next door in Lathrop and Santa Fe Railroad nine miles to the north are near Manteca as well. Although it isn’t a need for Funsten, there is also the Port of Stockton and Stockton Metro Airport for freight
When the firm added 86,430 square feet in 2009 they had 130 employees.
B.R. Funsten & Co. is in the top 10 for sales tax generators for Manteca. 

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