Norseland expands operations in Darien
Published 1:45 pm, Thursday, May 17, 2012
Norseland, sales and marketing agent for Norwegian cheeses, has relocated its North American headquarters from Stamford to an office complex in Darien, in anticipation of company growth, Norseland's president said.
"We were pleased to find high quality space, conveniently located for our employees and visitors, that will meet our needs for the foreseeable future," John Sullivan, president and CEO, said in prepared comments.
The company, which markets Jarlsberg, Jarlsberg Lite and other Norwegian cheeses, nearly doubled its space with the move, from the 9,000 square feet at 1290 E. Main St. in Stamford to 16,000 square feet in the Parklands Office Park in Darien.
Norseland, which employs 30 people in its new space, recently expanded its workforce, and said it plans more hires. The company started in Old Greenwich in 1978. Its Norway-based parent is Tine S.A., a cooperative of more than 15,000 dairy farmers.
"If the business community is healthy, it reflects well on the town, so we're very happy when we get a nice-sized company coming in that can help be a part of that business exchange," she said.
Agents from Signature Group represented both parties in the transaction. Principal Nick DeLuca and Vice President Mark Jacobs negotiated for Norseland, while President Bob Gillon represented the owner of Parklands.
Some of the principals at Signature, including DeLuca, hold an ownership stake in the property.
The office park is also home to Signature Group, Progressive Capital, a hedge fund, and a number of other small companies. To accommodate Norseland, some tenants in Parklands had to be moved to other spaces within the building, a change that occurred amicably, DeLuca said.
"From the management on down, it's just a very nice group of people," DeLuca said of Norseland. "I don't think we would have done this for just any company. They really wanted to be here, and we wanted them."