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Leasing and Development
Dec/10/2009

Food-bank supplier leases warehouse space in Valley

Journal of Business

By Mike McLean

Northwest Harvest opens fourth distribution center to serve state's food banks


SPOKANE, WA- Northwest Harvest, a Seattle nonprofit food distributor to 300 food banks statewide, says it has leased 13,600 square feet of warehouse space at Spokane Business & Industrial Park, which will help it improve its services here.

Shelley Rotondo, the agency's executive director, says Northwest Harvest has distributed food to Spokane-area outlets involved in hunger-relief efforts for about five years, and the newly leased warehouse space, at 3808 N. Sullivan, in Spokane Valley, provides a centralized distribution point here.

Northwest Harvest also has distribution centers in Kent, Yakima, and Aberdeen, Wash.

Rotondo says Northwest Harvest distributed 541,000 pounds of food in the Spokane area in the nonprofit's fiscal year ending June 30. In the months since then, the agency has been running 10 percent ahead of its distribution pace here in the year-earlier period, she says.

"The warehouse will make us more efficient," she says. "It will enable us to increase what we do here."

The warehouse has two loading docks, and a refrigerated truck will be based at one of them for cold storage, she says.

More than 75 percent of the food distributed by Northwest Harvest is donated, and Northwest Harvest buys the rest in bulk at discounted prices, Rotondo says.

Northwest Harvest isn't affiliated with Spokane-based Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest, a longtime nonprofit that operates an 85,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center at 1234 E Front and distributes food to more than 300 food banks and charitable services in the INland Northwest.

"We overlap in that we're both distributors," Rotondo says. Some hunger programs get food from both Northwest Harvest and Second Harvest, she says.

"I think people get more food because both are out there," Rotondo says, adding, "No hunger programs get more food than they can use."

Dean Stuart, of Crown West Realty LLC, and Gary Kuster, of Windermere Real Estate/Valley Inc., handled the Northwest Harvest lease here.

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Leasing and Development
Dec/10/2009

Goodwill relocates warehouse to Valley industrial park space

Journal of Business
By Mike McLean / mikem@spokanejournal.com


SPOKANE, WA- Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest has leased space at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, and has moved its warehouse operations there.

The nonprofit had occupied 34,000 square feet of space in a warehouse at 919 E. Trent. The new location gives the organization a larger, more efficient space, says spokeswoman Diane Galloway.

At its warehouse, Goodwill employees sort and store items donated to the non-profit organization at numerous locations here and do some basic testing of donated electronics, Galloway says.

Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest employees about 540 people and operates 12 retail stores. It also provides pre-employment, job placement and other services to more than 2,700 people annually. Sales from the retail stores pay for about 80 percent of the organization's programming, Galloway says.

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Leasing and Development
Dec/10/2009

One Earth Starch moves into The Park

Journal of Business

Real Estate Roundup
Compiled by Mike McLean / mikem@spokanejournal.com


SPOKANE - Blaine, Wash.-based Rugosa Trading Inc., doing business here as One Earth Starch, has leased 5,600 square feet of space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan and plans to manufacture starch-based packaging materials there. Chase Breckner of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.

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Leasing and Development
Dec/04/2009

Industrial park lands two new tenants

by Bert Caldwell

Here's the Dirt Weekly Report
The Spokesman Review

Two new tenants have moved into the Spokane Business and Industrial Park in Spokane Valley.

One Earth Starch, a green packaging company, is taking 5,600 square feet in Building 13.

Company owners Marcia and Len Beckett say they will launch the business later this year. The couple also operate a freight forwarding firm, Rugosa Trading, out of Blaine, Wash.

Washington Window and Door is leasing 3,200 square feet in Building 12. The company sells and distributes windows, doors and related products.

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Leasing and Development
Nov/25/2009

Steamatic moves to The Park

Journal of Business

Real Estate Roundup
Compiled by Mike McLean / mikem@spokanejournal.com


SPOKANE - Cleaning & Restoration Inc., a Spokane Valley franchise operation doing busines as Steamatic of the Inland Empire, has leased 8,000 square feet of floor space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan and has moved there from 12422 E. Desmet. Chase Breckner of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.
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Leasing and Development
Oct/29/2009

Crux Subsurface, Inc. expands

Journal of Business

Real Estate Roundup
Compiled by Mike McLean / mikem@spokanejournal.com


SPOKANE - Crux Subsurface Inc., a Spokane Valley geotechnical drilling company, has leased 5,000 square feet of office and warehouse space in the Spokane Business and Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan. Its main facility is located just across Fifth Street, at 16707 E. Euclid. Chase Breckner, of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.

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Leasing and Development
Oct/29/2009

Totally Polished moves to Spokane

Journal of Business

Real Estate Roundup
Compiled by Mike McLean / mikem@spokanejournal.com


SPOKANE - Totally Polished, a custom welding and fabrication operation, has leased 1,250 square feet of space in the Spokane Business and Industrial Park, at 3012 N. Sullivan, and has plans to move there from Santa Barbara, Calif. Chase Breckner, of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.


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Leasing and Development
Oct/01/2009

Equipment recycler expands

Journal of Business

By Mike McLean

Critical Power Exchange moves to larger quarters due to growing demand


SPOKANE, WA- Critical Power Exchange LLC, a recycler and reseller of backup-power equipment, says it has moved from Liberty Lake into larger quarters in Spokane Valley due to recent and anticipated growth.


The company now occupies 55,000 square feet of leased space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan - more than twice the space it formerly leased at 23502 E Knox, in Liberty Lake, says Shatel Wildman, president and minority owner of the company.

Wildman says Critical Power Exchange employs 20 people and expects to hire seven more this year.

"We're expanding," she says. "Demand is growing because we're a green company that recycles used equipment, refurbishes it, and puts it back into the market."

She says she expects the company's revenues to exceed $10 million this year.

An affiliated company, Critical Resources LLC, recycles nonferrous metals, such as copper, shares space and employees with Critical Power Exchange.

Critical Power Exchange specializes in used generators, big breakers called switch gear, and Liebert air-conditioning systems. Data centers that have backup-power systems, such as those in hospitals, are primary users of the equipment.

Dean Stuart, of Spokane-based Crown West Realty LLC which owns and operates the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, and Mark Lucas, of Spokane-based Kiemle & Hagood Co., handled the lease.

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Leasing and Development
Oct/01/2009

Lloyd's ManPans experiment 'promising'

Journal of Business

By David Cole

Spokane Valley maker of pans taps consumer market, to sell directly


SPOKANE, WA- Lloyd Industries Inc., a Spokane Valley maker of pizza pans and other equipment primarily for the restaurant industry, says its experiment this year to introduce a product aimed at consumers - some rugged cookware called ManPans - is showing "promising" results.

Meanwhile, however, the company has abandoned another initiative it had launched early this year, in which it began selling all of its products through distributors, rather than directly to customers, says Rob Crow, the company's general manager.

Lloyd Industries' new line of ManPans includes 10-inch to 12-inch diameter fry, saute, and sauce pans, as well as stir-fry woks that are made of aluminum with a two-layer mineral coating that will not chip, flake, or rub off and that sell at retail for $60 to $89, Crow says.

"They're not intended to look pretty," he says. "They're meant to be used," and be functional.

The company currently is selling the pans through a Web site it set up, at www.manpans.com, Crow says. He says Lloyd Industries isn't looking for retail stores that would carry the pans because he believes the mark-up retailers would have to add to the price of the pans would be too high.

Targeting consumers is a departure for Lloyd Industries, which until now mostly has sold to restaurant chains and institutional customers. About 80 percent of its sales currently come from its pizza pans and other equipment for pizza chains, such as Domino's Pizza. It also makes cake and dessert pans for large commercial bakeries and schools, which bring in the other 20 percent of its sales.

The ManPans venture is "almost an experiment," in that the company doesn't have experience selling retail, Crow says. "We have fairly extensive experience selling to restaurants and commercial applications. We are still discovering how to effectively market to end users and consumers.

Sales of ManPans so far have been "promising," he says.

The company earlier had tried a similar experiment with a line of cake and dessert bakeware aimed at the consumer market, but that failed he says. The demand for the cake and dessert pans was low, and the dollars per item sale were too low, he says. ManPans are expected to be just the opposite, he says.

"ManPans are universally more in demand. Anybody who cooks has a skillet," Crow says. "We're tapping into an existing need."

Eventually, the company would like to sell ManPans to restaurants, he says.

Separately, Crow says Lloyd Industries decided this spring to abandon a new strategy it put into place at the first of the year in which it would sell all of its products through restaurant-equipment distributors. Now, it has returned to its earlier method of selling products directly to customers using its own sales team, he says.

"It was too hard to translate what we do into a distributor," Crow says. Ultimately, what we concluded was that distributors were better suited to a standard product line."

He says Lloyd will continue to sell products through distributors that have a customer who requests Lloyd Industries products, but otherwise relationships with distributors don't make sense for the Spokane Valley company.

"It takes us quite a while to get somebody up to speed when they deal with our products full time," Crow says. "It takes a lot of specific product-line knowledge" to sell Lloyd's wide variety of products.

He says a portion of the company's main Website, at www.lloydpans.com, is being designed to be user-friendly for commercial chains that place orders directly with Lloyd Industries.

"That's something we are in the midst of as we speak," he says.

Crow declines to provide sales figures for Lloyd. Sales fell somewhat in 2008, but that was after a great year in 2007, he says. The company cut about five jobs early this year, and returned to profitability in February. August, Crow says, was a "fantastic month," as pent-up demand began to be released.Restaurants had held off on purchases, but wanted to get ready for the busy season now that summer is over, he says.

"Couple that with August being a normally large month for us," he says.

Lloyd Industries currently employs 28 people and leases about 40,000 square feet of space at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park.

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Leasing and Development
Oct/01/2009

Montana Stone Gallery LLC

Journal of Business
Real Estate Roundup
Compiled by Mike McLean / mikem@spokanejournal.com


SPOKANE - Montana Stone Gallery LLC, a Missoula, Mont.-based wholesale distributor of natural stone slabs, has leased 16,000 square feet of floor space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan, and has moved an outlet there from smaller quarters at 601 N. Cecil Road, in Post Falls. Dean Stuart, of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.
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