CenterPoint Properties

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CenterPoint Properties
IndustryReal Estate
Founded1984; 35 years ago (1984)
HeadquartersOak Brook, Illinois, United States
OwnerCalPERS and LaSalle Investment Management

CenterPoint Properties is a company that invests primarily in real estate used for intermodal freight transport. The company owns 325 buildings containing 58 million square feet, including the CenterPoint Intermodal Center, the Chicago International Produce Market and the Kansas City Plant. The company is owned by a joint venture between CalPERS and LaSalle Investment Management.


In 1984, the company was launched as Capital and Regional Properties Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Capital and Regional plc.[1]

In 1993, the company acquired FCLS Investors Group and became a public company via an initial public offering.[2][1]

In March 2001, the company began development of the $58 million, 436,000 square foot Chicago International Produce Market.[3]

In July 2001, the company invested $56 million in 9 suburban buildings and sold an apartment complex, 4 industrial buildings and a 42-acre land parcel in Aurora, Illinois for $48 million.[4]

In October 2001, the company began development of O'Hare Express North.[5]

In 2001, Michael M. Mullen became president and chief operating officer of the company. In 2004, he was promoted to chief executive officer.[6]

In 2002, the company broke ground on an automotive supplier manufacturing campus in partnership with Ford Motor Company.[7]

In 2006, the co-chairman of the company, John Gates Jr., came under scrutiny for his part ownership in 2 corporate jets with one of the company's top vendors.[2]

In 2006, the company was acquired by a joint venture between CalPERS and LaSalle Investment Management.[8]

In 2008, the company began construction of the CenterPoint Intermodal Center, a 3,600 acre facility that cost $1.26 billion and opened in 2010.[9] The company also began construction of the CenterPoint-KCS Intermodal Center in partnership with Kansas City Southern Railroad at the former Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base.[10]

In 2010, the company partnered with Zimmer Real Estate Services to begin redevelopment the Kansas City Plant pursuant to a lease with the General Services Administration on behalf of the National Nuclear Security Administration.[11] In 2014, the company began an environmental review of the site.[12]

In 2011, Mullen retired as chief executive officer and was replaced by Paul Fisher, president of the company.[13]

In May 2015, the company broke ground on a 450,660-square-foot speculative building at the CenterPoint-KCS Intermodal Center.[14]

In September 2015, Caterpillar Inc. announced that it may end production at its hydraulics plant in Joliet, Illinois that is leased from the company until 2018.[15]


  1. ^ a b Centerpoint: History
  2. ^ a b Corfman, Thomas A. (March 11, 2006). "Jets cause REIT ruckus". Chicago Tribune.
  3. ^ Almer, Ellen (March 29, 2001). "Produce market set to take root". Crain Communications.
  4. ^ Evans, James (July 13, 2001). "CenterPoint closes property deals". Crain Communications.
  5. ^ Arenas, Michael (August 2, 2001). "CenterPoint Joint Venture at O'Hare". CoStar Group.
  6. ^ Gallun, Alby (October 2, 2004). "New CenterPoint chief exec aims for business as usual". Crain Communications.
  7. ^ Almer, Ellen (January 15, 2002). "Ford, Centerpoint ready facility". Crain Communications.
  8. ^ "CalEast Industrial Investors to Acquire CenterPoint Properties Trust" (Press release). Business Wire. December 7, 2005.
  9. ^ Federal Highway Administration: Project Profiles: CenterPoint Intermodal Center
  10. ^ "CenterPoint-KCS Intermodal Center". American City Business Journals. January 20, 2008.
  11. ^ "GSA Signs Lease for New Campus in South Kansas City" (Press release). National Nuclear Security Administration. June 14, 2010.
  12. ^ WISE, LINDSAY; CANON, SCOTT (December 12, 2015). "Kansas City's nuclear legacy trails weapon makers and their families". The Kansas City Star.
  13. ^ Baeb, Eddie (June 8, 2011). "CenterPoint names new CEO as Mullen retires". Crain Communications.
  14. ^ Roberts, Rob (May 15, 2015). "CenterPoint will build second spec at its KC intermodal center". American City Business Journals.
  15. ^ LEONE–CROSS, LAUREN (September 26, 2015). "Caterpillar may cut last production lines in Joliet". The Herald-News.