A 500,000-square-foot turnkey beverage bottling plant in Phoenix, part of the beleaguered Le-Nature's Inc. operations, is for sale.
``We've got several parties that are interested in the building. This is a very, very sought-after facility,'' said Mark Krison, senior vice president of CB Richard Ellis in Phoenix, the industrial real estate company that is handling the sale. He declined to identify potential buyers.
Latrobe, Pa.-based Le-Nature's built the giant plant to get into the western U.S. market. It began operations in August 2005 and ran until last November, when Le-Nature's closed it down.
Le-Nature's injection molded its own PET performs and blow molded the bottles for its flavored water, fruit juices and teas. According to trade press reports, the Phoenix plant had seven blow molding machines, five injection presses and four PET bottling lines.
Krison said the building is up for sale or lease, but he declined to say anything more about the factory.
Le-Nature's was forced into bankruptcy Nov. 1 under a cloud of allegations of fraud committed by some company officials. The U.S. Attorney's office and U.S. Postal Inspection Service both are investigating.