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Welcome Group

Counting many Fortune 500 Companies along with local, regional and international businesses among its clients, Houston-based Welcome Group, LLC has worked with the likes of GE Oil & Gas, Siemens, DHL Express, Goya Foods, Kinder Morgan, and other world-renowned companies. With years of industry experience, the Welcome Group remains a well-known and respected Single-Tenant Real Estate Developer.
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Developing over 150 single-tenant properties, the company focuses on industrial real estate development such as manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facilities, laboratories, medical, offices, and refrigerated storage structures. Owning over 85 industrial properties in the state, the Welcome Group’s holdings encompass approximately four million square feet and counting.

A one-stop shop
With in-depth knowledge in the areas of land acquisition, design build, acquiring existing single-tenant facilities, build to suit construction, sale-leasebacks, construction financing and permanent financing, the Welcome Group proudly provides one-stop shop services for its many customers. “Welcome Group designs and delivers projects that provide tenants with functional, high-quality space at competitive rate structures,” according to the company, which has earned an enviable reputation for understanding – and appreciating – the nuances of real estate development in the state.

Build to Suit, Turnkey Design Build, Single-Tenant Building Acquisition, and Sales-Leaseback are just a few of the many services clients can expect from the Welcome Group, along with Land Acquisition, Value Engineering, Property Management of Owned Facilities, Project Budgeting, and many others. The company takes care of all design build construction and build to suit projects through its affiliate, Kingham Dalton Wilson (KDW), and customers benefit from dozens of valuable services, ranging from site selection and due diligence to environmental studies, site master planning, 3D modeling/design visualization, project layout and integration, construction management, and many others.

Significant projects
With many decades of combined experience, the team at Welcome Group has a sizable portfolio of diverse projects in locations including Deer Park, Pasadena, Houston, Sugar Land, Austin, Dallas, and others. Recently, Welcome Group completed a massive new build to suit industrial development for USA DeBusk LLC, a respected mechanical and industrial cleaning services company active in refining, petrochemical, chemical processing, and other areas. With two buildings totalling 49,187 square feet on a 13.52 acre site in Deer Park’s Seaco 8 Business Park, the build will serve as the new headquarters and regional service operations site for the company. Pleased with the result, Andrew DeBusk, Chief Executive Officer and President of USA DeBusk, stated, “Our clients have indicated that they are extremely impressed with our operations and the new buildings. Our goal is to build a best in class business. We now have a facility that projects that image.”

Recently, Germany-based MAN Diesel & Turbo SE – the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel engine and turbomachinery used in stationary and marine applications – announced itself as the first tenant in the 650-acre Twinwood business park, which will be under the ownership of Welcome Group, with construction to be carried out on the facility by KDW. Consolidating its Houston locations into a new 137,242 square foot North American headquarters at Twinwood under one roof will enable MAN Diesel & Turbo to streamline operations and grow its equipment servicing capabilities.

Located south of Interstate 10 between Woods Road and FM 1489, the project at Twinwood will start in the second quarter, and is expected to take approximately one year to complete. “Our goal has been to bring our two Houston area operations under one roof,” stated Man Diesel & Turbo’s Managing Director Tony Ruegger in a media release of the new facility, which will house an estimated 140 employees. “We’re certainly looking forward to expanding our equipment servicing capabilities in Twinwood.”

Along with the project for USA DeBusk and the work in progress for MAN Diesel & Turbo at Twinwood, Welcome Group’s many build to suit projects include industrial offices and warehouses varying widely in size. And with a range of acquisitions including industrial flex buildings, multi-tenant office/industrial properties, industrial manufacturing facilities, testing labs and warehouses, manufacturing warehouses, Class A office space, food distribution warehouses and more, Welcome Group is able to meet the space needs and requirements of all its clients.

Services from inception to completion… and beyond
With its highly trained staff, Welcome Group is proud to offer services which run from project startup all the way to property management. Realizing the importance of thorough planning, the team at Welcome Group assesses facility requirements through a client needs assessment to ensure the highest possible functionality and value is achieved. The next stage, conceptual design and estimating, sees the creation of a building site layout – or conceptual site plan, if a location has not yet been chosen – to help determine the amount of acreage needed not only immediately, but to accommodate growth in the future.

Once these stages are underway, experts at the company take on value engineering and work with design specialists to make sure clients receive the best possible information and suggestions on how to lower costs. Once potential sites are identified, due diligence determines if the site is economically viable. And when the right location is chosen, the team at Welcome Group uses standardized procedures to oversee the final design and construction of the project. For customers who choose to lease, the company’s dedicated property management team is on hand to provide expert support services if required.

Holding membership with a number of professional associations, including the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Opportunity Houston and others, Welcome Group continues in the tradition of E.E. Jack Wilson – the father of Welcome Wilson Sr., and Jack E. Wilson – who began investing in farm, ranch, and rental properties in the early 1950s. Growing ever since, the Welcome Group has been behind the development of over 200 single-tenant properties, and is “aggressively seeking to purchase existing occupied, single-tenant properties in Texas.”

Building the Next Generation

As thousands of experienced workers retire across North America every day, it is small wonder many industries are concerned about the future. It has been a decade since the oldest members of the baby boom generation started leaving their jobs, removing from the workplace decades of experience and skills that are tough to replace. The situation is so dire that, when younger workers are not available or knowledgeable enough to take over, retired staffers are often called back to work on a part-time basis.

December 5, 2019, 5:25 PM EST