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California consumer products firm buys a plant site southwest of Dallas

Sunrider International plans to hire hundreds for its Midlothian manufacturing and warehouse center.

A California-based nutritional and health products firm is moving ahead with plans for a major plant and warehouse southwest of Dallas.

Sunrider International and its Earth Root Holdings LLC firm have been working for months on a new operation in Midlothian in Ellis County.

The Torrance-based consumer products firm bought an 87-acre development site this week off U.S. Highway 67 in the Midlothian Business Park.

“The company closed yesterday, and the incentives were approved by the city on the eighth of September,” Kyle Kinateder, who heads Midlothian Economic Development Corp, said in an email.

The land for the development was acquired from the economic development corporation.

Sunrider International plans to employ several hundred people in its new Midlothian plant, which is targeted to open in 2022.

Earlier this year, the company filed plans with the state that call for building a more than 1 million-square-foot industrial facility at Miller Road and Challenger Drive. The project would be valued at more than $44 million. The city and the county have agreed to give Sunrider a more than 50% property and business tax abatement if the company builds at least 600,000 square feet and hires more than 200 workers.

Founded in the early 1980s, Sunrider sells herbal and health products worldwide through thousands of independent distributors and stores abroad.

The company has plants in Asia and a manufacturing facility in California.

Sunrider is just the latest company from Torrance — a suburb of Los Angeles — to set its sights on North Texas. Global car maker Toyota relocated its North American headquarters from Torrance to Plano in 2017. Kubota Tractor Corp shifted its U.S. base from Torrance to Grapevine in 2017, and Farmer Bros. Coffee moved its headquarters from Torrance to Northlake north of Fort Worth.

Sunrider’s big industrial deal is the latest major project to land in Midlothian, which is 25 miles from Dallas.

Google built its $600 million data center in Midlothian’s Railport Business Park on U.S. 67. And Dallas developer Provident Realty Advisors detailed plans this summer for a 4,600-home residential community it is building near the city. The 1,500-acre Prairie Ridge community is being developed off U.S. Highway 287.

Methodist Health Systems' new 67-acre Midlothian hospital campus opens on October 15.

“Exciting things are happening in Midlothian,” Kinateder said.

Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor. Steve covers commercial and residential real estate in Dallas-Fort Worth.

stevebrown@dallasnews.com @SteveBrownDMN
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