2023 Recap: Welcoming Global Businesses to the Wilmington Area

It’s been an exciting 2nd half of 2023 for McKinely Building Corporation, including notable progress on existing projects and kicking off new projects with community-involved groundbreaking events.

In September, we were honored to have our Mayor, Bill Saffo, and other community leaders help us kick off a major project along the growing US 421 industrial park for Kessebӧhmer, a family-owned German manufacturer that produces retail display and kitchen storage products. The 93,000-square-foot class-A facility will operate as the company’s North American headquarters and will serve as a warehouse and distribution hub.

This groundbreaking event highlighted Wilmington’s recent success in attracting global businesses to the Wilmington area. This latest project is just the “tip of the iceberg” for future development, said Ken Dull, president of McKinley Building Corporation. Since the groundbreaking, we have poured over 2,000 cubic yards of concrete, 75% of the building steel has been erected, and we are getting ready to build the roof and interior walls. This project is scheduled for completion and ready for occupancy by the end of 2024.

We were also thrilled to break ground in October at the SECU Hope Center in the Jacksonville Commons for OnePlace of Onslow County. OnePlace needed a permanent home to ensure families and children can access the services and support they need for the growing county. This center will be a holistic community hub to include learning space for the early care and education community and community partners, a therapeutic respite space for child abuse victims and their families, and a disaster response space.

As an organization that places a lot of emphasis on “Service to others”, McKinley Building is honored to be selected to build this place of hope for the community. We anticipate completing the SECU Hope Center by May 2025.