Art Makris Talks Industrial Development and the Benefits of Ohio’s Capital City in Columbus CEO Magazine

With more than two decades of experience in the Columbus region, Duke Realty has moved to a focus on industrial facilities, leveraging strong relationships and a burgeoning economy.

An article in Columbus CEO highlights Duke Realty’s progress within the area, talking with Vice President of Leasing and Development Art Makris.

“It’s an easy place to do business with a very collaborative environment,” Makris said in the article. “When we work with government agencies for things like permits, they come away impressed with the way we do business and meet project deadlines.”

Duke Realty currently holds about 10.5 million square feet of industrial real estate in the area. Recent projects include a 304,560-square-foot American Showa industrial warehouse, the 500,000-square-foot Ace Hardware retail support center, and the 743,000-square-foot Bon-Ton Stores automated fulfillment center.

“One of the benefits of Columbus is its location and proximity to the U.S. population,” Makris said in the article. “We need to maintain our competitive advantages and continue to invest in infrastructure to facilitate the movement of goods.

“We are constantly out there beating the drum and trying to bring people here. We are doing our best to sell the benefits of Columbus.”