Tesla’s Michigan Tool and Die reportedly has a new landlord after the plant was purchased in a $100 million industrial land grab by Brennan Investment Group. Brennan group purchased the facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for $9.5 million, adding it to an industrial real estate portfolio of properties from around the nation.
According to a press release by the company, the purchase was an investment meeting the criteria of “mission critical” properties with significant facility investment by the tenant, in this case Tesla. The California-based electric car maker will continue to operate at the facility under a reported lease term of at least 10 years.
Tesla purchased the Michigan-based Riviera Tool, which operated at the plant, back in 2015 as part of the company’s overall effort to vertically integrate all areas of the Tesla production process. Riviera had been producing tools and dies for stamping equipment before they were acquired by Tesla in 2015.
The acquisition made sense for Tesla at the time, as the company was already producing integral parts for the company.
“The former Rivera Tool and Die, now Tesla Michigan, was already making integral manufacturing parts for us. It made sense for us to adopt a supplier, now as one of our own,” Will Nicholas, a Tesla representative, told Grand Rapids TV news station WoodTV in 2015.
With Brennan Investment Group getting involved, Tesla effectively has a new landlord. According to a press release from Brennan, the total industrial portfolio includes 11 buildings across 8 states.
“We have the ability to both acquire large portfolios as well as aggregate individual long-term net lease assets,” said Michael Brennan, Chairman and Managing Principal of Brennan Investment Group. “Utilizing our operational expertise and network of regional offices, we can invest across the U.S. in both long and short duration net leased properties with an emphasis on mission critical assets.”
The Grand Rapids plant is the only production foothold Tesla has in Michigan, a state that has gone toe-to-toe with Tesla over how its vehicles can be sold in the state and is also home to America’s major car maker.
In June of this year, Tesla issued a subpoena for Michigan’s governor in a case that prevented Tesla from selling its cars directly to consumers.
Learn more about Tesla’s ongoing battle with Michigan.