ILM Business Park Continues to Grow, CIL Capital, LLC Plan to Invest an Additional $50 Million

At the March 2nd New Hanover County Airport Authority meeting, a new lease was approved for CIL Capital, LLC. CIL Capital, LLC signed a long-term ground lease at the ILM Business Park with plans to develop an additional 250,000 square foot cold storage facility estimated to cost $50 million.

“This new investment by CIL Capital into the ILM Business Park and into New Hanover County is great news for economic development and business growth in our community,” said Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “CIL Capital’s commitment to expand and build a second facility here in our county will bring more jobs and increase the tax base, and it also shows the value, opportunities, and positive progress within our ILM Business Park.”

Donna Girardot, Chairman of the New Hanover County Airport Authority added, “We are thrilled CIL Capital chose to increase their investment in the ILM Business Park. CIL Capital’s continued investment in the ILM Business Park is a testament to their belief that they see ILM as a true economic development partner and the Business Park as a strategic location where they will thrive.”

The ILM Business Park, which encompasses 140 acres on airport property, has many advantages such as foreign trade zone status, access to Customs, as well as close proximity to major highways, rail, the Port, and an airfield and is just minutes to downtown Wilmington. In 2021 alone, 70 acres of the Business Park land was leased to three new tenants.    

In November, CIL Capital, LLC signed a long-term ground lease at the ILM Business Park for the development of a 500,000 square foot storage and distribution facility for the Life Sciences Industry. The company, which focuses primarily on acquiring, developing, and maximizing values of real estate investments integrated with logistics businesses, is pleased to have a new lease with the airport. “Due to overwhelming demand, CIL Capital has decided to move forward with a second facility at the ILM Business Park,” stated Michael Daily, COO of CIL Capital.


About the Wilmington International Airport: The Wilmington International Airport serves southeastern North Carolina with commercial air service on American Airlines, Delta, and United.  These three legacy carriers provide nonstop service to nine markets, connecting travelers to 360 destinations.  Recently, United launched nonstop service to Newark airport, American increased nonstop service to Boston on a daily seasonal service and has brought back seasonal service to Chicago, and Delta announced an increase to daily seasonal service to LaGuardia.  The NCDOT Division of Aviation’s 2020 report estimated ILM’s economic impact at $2.25 billion and 16,385 jobs.  The ILM Business Park, located on the airport campus, encompasses 140 acres and numerous parcels that have access to customs as well as close proximity to major highways, rail, port, and an airfield. It’s also minutes to downtown Wilmington.  The Business Park has Foreign Trade Zone status, utilities in place, flexible site layouts, and competitive lease rates. For more information on ILM, please visit