Avison Young negotiates $7.55M sale-leaseback of RAM Steel Framing HQ building spanning 105,000 SF in Miami’s Hialeah industrial corridor

May 19, 2020

Avison Young negotiates $7.55M sale-leaseback of RAM Steel Framing HQ building spanning 105,000 SF in Miami’s Hialeah industrial corridor

Sale shows single-tenant industrial deals have highest chance to close in current market environment


Miami – Avison Young’s Florida Capital Markets Group closed the $7.55 million industrial sale-leaseback of the 105,000-square-foot RAM Steel Framing headquarters location at 7400 N.W. 37th Ave. in Miami. Zaragon, Inc., purchased the property. With the sale, Zaragon secured a long-term, absolute triple net (NNN) lease with a single tenant that is a leader in supplying manufactured steel products to South Florida’s robust pipeline of active commercial developments.

Avison Young Principals David Duckworth; Michael T. Fay, who is also Managing Director of the firm’s Miami operations; John K. Crotty, CCIM; Vice Presidents Brian C. de la Fé; David F. Spillers, SIOR; and Associates Emily Brais and Berkley Bloodworth facilitated the transaction on behalf of RAM Steel Framing.

“The sale-leaseback represents a trend of single-tenant industrial deals having the highest chance to close in the current market environment,” said Duckworth. “With the investment appeal of RAM Steel Framing as a high-quality tenant, we successfully negotiated and closed the deal during the COVID-19 shutdown without any pricing adjustments.”

RAM Steel Framing is a full-line manufacturer of drywall and structural framing for commercial and residential construction, with recent high-profile projects including the Miami International Airport expansion, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino guitar-shaped tower in Hollywood, and the luxury Aston Martin Residences in Downtown Miami. The company is one of the fastest-growing steel manufacturers in the country and the largest manufacturer in South Florida, with additional manufacturing facilities in Orlando, Florida, and Chesapeake, Virginia.

“The absolute NNN investment opportunity was ideal in that all of the building’s structural and operating expenses will be the responsibility of the tenant,” continued Duckworth. “RAM Steel Framing is considered an essential business, and therefore offers great stability as a tenant.”

Located within an Opportunity Zone along Miami’s Hialeah industrial corridor, the industrial asset is approximately three miles from the Miami International Airport to the south and six and a half miles from Port Miami to the east.

Miami’s industrial market continued to outperform all other asset classes through 2019 and into 2020. According to research by Avison Young, overall vacancy in Miami-Dade County was 3.86%, with vacancy in the Hialeah submarket at 2.90% as of first-quarter 2020. Industrial rental rates hold firm due to low vacancy rates and strong fundamentals across the South Florida region.