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Barker Steel Signs Lease with Blue Ocean

Blue Ocean recently leased 133,520 square feet of its 692,492-square foot manufacturing and distribution center at 1954 Halethorpe Farms Rd. in Halethorpe, MD to Barker Steel Mid-Atlantic.

Jared Engel and Steve Cornblatt of Trout Daniel & Associates represented Blue Ocean in the transaction. Toby Mink of CBRE advised Barker Steel Mid-Atlantic.

Located off I-95 and I-695 between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the property’s heavy infrastructure, high clear height and broad column spacing are conducive to businesses like Barker Steel Mid-Atlantic that involve large block manufacturing, as well as other distribution uses.

Purchased in 2015 by Blue Ocean, the property is historically significant in that it was used to manufacture aircraft components for the Allies’ efforts in World War II. After making improvements to the distribution center, Blue Ocean implemented a creative leasing program geared toward the company’s in-house, “hands-on” management approach.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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