Early January I wrote about Freightliner signing an 11 year lease with Koll Development for a 150,000 sq ft office in Fort Mill, SC. Freightliner plans to relocate 340 a sales and marketing jobs from Portland to Fort Mill, SC. (To review the post click the link = http://homesfortmill.com/fort-mill-news/freightliner-leases-150000-sq-ft-building-in-fort-mill-sc/) With this information, several people have asked what is happening with the rest of the Freightliner headquarters move? Why did Freightliner sign an 11 year lease if they plan to buy 300 acres of land in York County and build a new headquarters complex within the next 5 years? Are they really moving?
My sources have not heard of any announcements related to buying land or moving other than the news reports from last November. However they speculate that the 11 year lease has a possible early lease termination clause after five years. So I don’t think the 11 year lease announcement is any indication whether Freightliner has changed their mind on relocating their headquarters.
For the 340 Freightliners employees relocating, here is a current construction picture of the office building under construction in Fort Mill, SC.