Skip to main content Skip to footer

10 Emerging U.S. Industrial Markets to Watch in 2021

Download Report
EmergingUSIndustrialMarkets2021_Research_1536x1040

The U.S. industrial market weathered the global pandemic better than any other commercial real estate segment in 2020. Occupancy gains totaled the third highest on record and the country experienced 43 consecutive quarters of positive absorption. Core markets across the country have thrived during this time, building and absorbing millions of square feet of industrial real estate. 2021 looks to be another strong year, with demand and construction activity at all-time highs. A cooling off period is expected, however significant opportunities remain for both investors and occupiers of industrial space.

The emerging industrial markets across the country covered in this report provide yield opportunities for investors and expansion opportunities for occupiers. In this report, we will analyze the 10 markets best poised to benefit from this growth in depth, provide the area’s population and labor demographics, discuss logistics advantages, give an insider’s perspective on what makes these markets tick and forecast industrial fundamentals in the coming year.


EmergingUSIndustrialMarkets2021_Search_1024x972

10 Emerging U.S. Industrial Markets to Watch in 2021

Download Report
Related Experts

Amanda Ortiz

Director, National Industrial Research

Chicago - Rosemont

Amanda Ortiz is the Director, National Industrial Research on the National Marketing & Research team at Colliers. Based in Chicago, Amanda partners with national and local teams to deliver market intelligence initiatives and provide direction to drive national competitive advantage through research strategy, development and analytics.

Amanda possesses comprehensive experience in both database management and trend analysis. Her knowledge of the macro and micro factors affecting the commercial real estate market results in proactively positioned research.

View expert

Pete Quinn

National Director, Industrial Services

Indianapolis

As National Director of Colliers Industrial Services-USA, Pete Quinn’s role is to strengthen Colliers platform and to collaborate with other key service lines ― Corporate Solutions, Investment Services, Occupier Services Groups, Logistics and Transportation Group ― to deliver a deep bench of logistics and site selection strategies to industrial user-groups and participants in the logistics, transportation and distribution industries.

Pete’s stand-out strengths are his commitment to understand corporations’ broader goals and challenges and then assembling a team of high-octane professionals to drive smart solutions to achieve those goals. During his 30 years in the industry, he has provided consulting and transactional representation for numerous Fortune 500 companies. 

Prior to Colliers, Pete Quinn was a co-founder of Summit Realty Group, an affiliate of Cushman & Wakefield. He then transitioned to join C&W’s Industrial leadership team as Executive Managing Director, Global Supply Chain Solutions and Industrial Operations. He served on its Global Supply Chain Solutions Group and was appointed to its Industrial Executive Board. Early in his career, he was on the developer side, serving as Vice President at Eaton & Lauth Commercial (now Lauth Group).

Notable industry acknowledgements: Recipient of IAMC Michael P. Hickey Award, Largest Deal in the U.S. – SIOR, Largest Deal of the Year – First Industrial, and Hall of Fame inductee of Midwest Real Estate News. 

Pete is a Board Member for IAMC, IWLA, St. Mary's Child Center, Central Indiana Police Foundation and Indiana Sports Corp.  He is the Chairman of the Board of the Boiler Business Exchange. 

Pete is actively involved in his alma mater, Purdue University, where he was a starting offensive lineman for its football team from 1978-1981 and team captain in 1979 and 1980. He was voted to Purdue’s 100-Year All Time Football team and is in his 30th season as Football Color Analyst on the Purdue Sports Radio Network.

View expert

Jack Rosenberg

Executive Vice President

Chicago - Rosemont

I am a principal of Colliers International specializing in site acquisition, leasing, sales and build-to-suits for industrial users and developers. As the national director of the Colliers Logistics and Transportation Solutions Group Steering Committee (L&T), we deliver focused solutions to the increased challenges of today’s global shipping and transportation community. 

In the last five years, I have completed transactions totaling in excess of $300 million for clients like Best Buy, Bridgestone, Lawson Products, and Arvato Digital Services.

Other accomplishments include:

  • Top 10% producer for all brokers in the Colliers Americas region
  • Named Chicago Industrial Broker of the Year, 1999
View expert