Aerial view of L&L Distribution’s 106,000 square-foot warehouse. The building was built in 1976 and expanded in 1993. (Photo submitted)
Aerial view of L&L Distribution’s 106,000 square-foot warehouse. The building was built in 1976 and expanded in 1993. (Photo submitted)

CELINA — L & L Distribution, Inc. is announcing the sale of their 106,000 square feet warehouse and warehousing operations to Robinson Investments of Bellefontaine, a family-owned company. The building has been there since 1976. The new owners specialize in third partly logistics services in the mid-west region, and Robinson Investments is currently constructing a 100,000 square foot speculative warehouse in Van Wert.

Future plans for the company include expanding the building on the 10-acre site and continuing the 3rd party logistics operations, according to Jason Black, Vice President with Robinson Investments. Black commented “Due to Celina being in between their major operations in Findlay, Van Wert, Lima and Bellefontaine, this building fit perfectly between the path of their operations.”

Randy Leistner has worked full-time for L & L since he was 18 years old. His past customers include Huffy Bicycle, Reynolds and Reynolds, and Cargill. He commented that the sale of the property will allow him to retire and pass the baton to the Robinson family. Previously the operation was known as Celina Moving and Storage, and Randy’s parents, Gordon and Bonnie Leistner started the operation in 1960. In 1976 they built 67,000 square feet of the warehouse, adding an additional 39,000 feet in 1993.

Tim Echemann, who brokered the transaction for Randy Leistner, commented “the timing of the transaction was perfect for both parties because of Randy’s desire to retire and the purchasers desire for expansion.” Tim Echemann is a broker at Industrial Property Brokers, a firm out of Piqua.

Jason Black also states, “The Leistner family did a great job servicing clients over 60 years in the Celina area and taking great care of the warehouse grounds. The acquisition fit well into the retirement plans for Randy. We are also hiring all of Randy’s employees.” Black noted that “Randy [Leistner] took really good care of the building and created a tremendous amount of “good will” in the Celina business community.” Future plans include further expansion of the business and leasing of the vacant 30,000 square feet. of 30’ clear height warehouse space.

The company chose the Celina location because it fit perfectly into their footprint in western and central Ohio. Their current warehousing locations are in Van Wert, Bellefontaine, Lima and Findlay, and the firm plans new construction in those communities.