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Industrial Warehouse in California’s East Bay Sells for $80 Million


Institutional buyers show strong favor for well-located industrial assets

Fremont, Calif. November 23, 2021 – Leading diversified professional services and investment management company Colliers announced today the successful sale of an industrial warehouse in Fremont at 47550 Kato Road for $80,000,000.

Colliers’ Executive Vice President Ed Hofer and Senior Vice President Casey Ricksen represented the seller, CW Kato LLC, and procured Fortress Investment Group LLC as the buyer. Fortress Investment Group LLC is a leading, highly diversified global investment manager with an expanding portfolio of business in the Bay Area.

At the time of the sale, the 259,737 square-foot warehousing/distribution center was leased to a tenant with less than five years remaining on their lease.

“Fortress Investment Group’s acquisition of 47550 Kato Road is just one of many transactions contributing to the industrial sector’s dominance above all other asset classes,” said Hofer. “On top of the fact the asset’s prime location in a core market, the building was sold for a relatively low cap rate given its age and length of the tenant’s lease.”

As the Silicon Valley’s second-largest submarket for industrial activity and supply, Fremont showed 42,407,819 square-feet of total inventory by the end of the third quarter 2021. The area’s desirability for industrial warehousing and distribution due to its centralized location was highlighted by an availability rate of 6.2 percent and vacancy rate of 3.6 percent, 1.8 percentage points less than the 5.4 percent of the previous quarter. Fremont’s year-to-date net absorption reached 1,013,584 square-feet with 478,042 square-feet of inventory absorbed in the third quarter. The area’s supply of new development continues to grow with 61,098 square-feet under construction.


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Allison+Partners for Colliers Northern California


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Edward Hofer

Executive Vice President

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Over the past 31 years, Ed has specialized in leasing, selling, and providing consulting services to industrial tenants and property owners.  Ed has completed over 800 transactions totaling over 25 million square feet.

Ed was inducted into the Association of Silicon Valley Brokers ("ASVB") Hall of Fame in 2014.  He was awarded the 2006 and 2012 Industrial Broker of the Year award by the Association of Silicon Valley Brokers (“ASVB”) and was a finalist for the 2007,  2009, and 2016 Industrial Broker of the Year award.  

Ed was also named as one of Silicon Valley’s top 25 brokers in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2016 by the CoStar Group. 

Ed is a member of the Association of Silicon Valley Brokers ("ASVB") and of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors ("SIOR"). Membership in SIOR is by invitation only and earned by tenured performance in the industry and strict adherence to the highest standards of professional ethics. The SIOR designation ensures a level of brokerage expertise unmatched by competing brokers in local, regional and national markets. 

Upon graduating from the University of California at Davis, Ed went to work for First American Title Company as a commercial account manager. In 1986, Ed moved into brokerage and joined Blickman Turkus (now Cushman Wakefield). In 1992, Ed moved to Colliers International in order to better serve his expanding industrial client base. 

In 1995, Ed became a principal of Colliers International.

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Casey Ricksen

Senior Vice President


I specialize in the sales and leasing of industrial properties throughout Northern California, primarily along the I-880 corridor in Union City, Fremont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Hayward.  

Over 28 years in the business, I have handled transactions for warehouse, manufacturing, high-tech, and R&D/office property that total more than 14 million square feet.  My clients include institutional and private investors, developers, and both corporate and individual users of industrial space.  I deeply value the relationships I have developed with my clients, many of which have lasted years as their businesses have expanded and transformed. 

I aim to be straight-forward, transparent, and informative in my practice.  To me, excellence as an industrial broker starts and ends with investing the time it takes to optimize the outcome for my client—time to understand their business, to educate them about the market and strategies, to work the best possible deal on their behalf.  Attention to detail always delivers value but takes time, and I do believe my long term success as a broker has a lot to do with that commitment.

Before becoming a broker I worked on oil rigs in Santa Barbara, in Alaska on a fishing boat, and in construction in the Bay Area.  I joined Colliers in 1997, after starting eight years earlier at White Commercial Real Estate, an East Bay commercial real estate firm.  Presently my wife Rebecca and I live with our daughter in Moraga.  We love to travel and are avid supporters of Cal Athletics. 

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