BRIDGEVILLE, DE – June 11, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — After being vacant for more than 5 years a Sussex County Industrial Facility has received new life. John McClellan, CCIM, Senior Advisor with Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, MD is pleased to announce the sale of the former American Original Plant to Stephens Rentals, LLC. The plant is located in Route 18 in Cannon, DE, about 1 mile West of Route 13 and just South of Bridgeville, DE. The property was most recently home to Godiva Chocolates and includes 70,000 SF on 10 acres.

Approximately 20,000 SF has been leased to Pallet Masters, the region’s premiere supplier of pallets and shipping containers to the manufacturing, distribution and agricultural community. Pallet Masters relocated from Whitehurst Drive in Seaford, DE. According to Todd Stephens, President of Pallet Masters, “This acquisition for our company significantly improves our transportation channels and allows us to more efficiently supply products to our growing number of customers in the Mid-Atlantic Region.”

Warehouse and light manufacturing spaces from 10,000 – 50,000 SF are available for immediate lease. Renovations are underway to further improve the loading dock and drive-in capabilities. The site also features office space, cooler space and yard area available for lease.

John McClellan, CCIM of Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate represented the buyer, while Tom Knopp, also of SVN – Miller represented the sellers: Wilmer Smith and William Warren. Melody Booker and Jeff Stone of the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) also assisted with the deal, and are always eager to work with new or expanding Delaware businesses.

To inquire about the remaining available space for lease in the Cannon warehouse or other available properties in Maryland or Delaware, contact John McClellan, CCIM at or 410-543-2440.

Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate, with offices in Salisbury, MD, Annapolis, MD, Bethesda, MD, Hagerstown, MD, Wilmington, DE and Lewes, DE provides advisory, brokerage, consultation, and leasing services to clients in Maryland & Delaware, and asset and property management in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Our day-to-day goals are to consistently provide spectacular customer service, to be on the cutting edge of technology and innovative marketing, and to provide the vision needed to achieve our clients’ real estate investment goals.

SVN-Miller is an Accredited Management Organization® (AMO). Our team includes a highly-trained staff of Certified Property Managers® (CPM®), Brokers who hold the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation, and members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR).
For information on how to make Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate the key to your success, contact 410-543-2440 or visit our website

Nicole Abresch
Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate


The growth of the Sperry Van Ness organization is a story that originated in 1987 with two entrepreneurs that had a vision to create a commercial real estate system that put the clients’ interests first. They set out with a mission to create unprecedented value for commercial advisors and their clients. In 2001 Sperry Van Ness International Corporation was founded, and through its franchisees and licensees, operates one of the most recognizable commercial real estate brands according to the 2011 Lipsey Survey. The Sperry Van Ness organization includes more than 150 locations in 38 states. With headquarters in Irvine, Calif., the franchise operation’s independent business owners provide brokerage, tenant representation, consultation, asset management, property management, leasing, accelerated marketing and auction services. Sperry Van Ness affiliates represent clients in billions of dollars annually in office, multifamily, retail, industrial, self-storage, hospitality and land transactions.


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