Leasing and Development
Leasing and Development
May/07/2015

Spokane Industries taps niche

Journal of Business
By Kim Crompton


SPOKANE, WA-Spokane Industries, Inc., the longtime castings and metal fabricated product manufacturer here, says it's experiencing mostly steady sales growth companywide and finding encouraging market expansion opportunities in its custom stainless steel fabrication division.

In particular, it points to the successes it's had to date in tapping niche demand for large beverage tanks that it's producing for storing and processing wine, beer, and spirits, and for its mobile aviation vacuum fuel drain systems.

One of its newest products targeting the wine industry is the CleanSweep No Entry Fermenter, which it makes available on tanks of 25-ton capacity or larger. The system enhances worker safety and improves efficiency, the company says, by removing pulpy grape residue mechanically with the touch of a button, eliminating the need for workers to enter the tanks and clean them manually.

Introduced two years ago with a 10-tank installation at the 14 Hands Winery in Prosser, Wash., Spokane Industries says it now is fabricating eight more tanks for 14 Hands and seeing strong demand for the product from other sizable wineries.

"We think it's truly a groundbreaking product," says Greg Tenold, president of Spokane Industries. "These tanks are just plain more efficient."

Meanwhile, the company says it also is seeing a lot of strong customer demand for its SealVac Vacuum Fuel Drain System, which is a mobile unit designed to drain fuel from military and commercial aircraft quickly and with no fuel spills.

"We see it as a big market oversees," Tenold says.

To be sure, these two products - both manufactured in its metal products division, where the company does custom stainless steel fabrication work - still represent just a fraction of its total production. That division also manufactures other products, and the company has two other divisions - steel castings and precision castings - that continue to produce components for a broad range of industrial and defense applications.

In fact, the steel castings division, which is the company's oldest division, still generates about two-thirds of the company's revenue. The division focuses on making metal castings of parts for the construction, mining, and transportation industries, among others.

Tenold declined to discuss the company's revenues, but says that aside from a couple of years over the last decade or so, "In general, we've experienced good steady growth in all three of our divisions."

Spokane Industries occupies a total of about 265,000 square feet of space in five buildings in the northeast corner of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan. It now employs 269 people, which is down slightly from 278 last year, but up from about 250 10 years ago, when it reported annual sales of more than $26 million.

The company was founded here in 1952 as Spokane Steel Foundry by the late John C. Tenold to provide quality castings to mines, ore mills, and the lumber and construction industries. It moved to the Spokane Industrial Park in 1965. It established the metal products division in 1978 and changed its name to Spokane Industries in 1981 to better reflect its two divisions. It created the precision castings division in 1991 to provide what are called investment castings - often small wear parts, formed using wax and ceramic molds - for commercial, medical, industrial, and manufacturing applications.

The company now is owned by three of the founder's sons - Greg, Bob, and Tyrus. Bob is company chairman, and Tyrus is president of the casting division.

"We run it as a board. It's run collectively," Greg Tenold says.

The company says on its website that, along with its second-generation ownership, it also has many second- and third-generation employees.

Though Spokane Industries uses longtime processes for much of its metal fabrication work, Tenold says it employees a large team of engineers, invests continuously in research and product development, and has been awarded numerous patents.

Of its steady emphasis on innovation, he says, "It's part of our culture. It's definitely not top down. It's, 'How can we make things better?'"

In its metal products division, it has been making large custom stainless steel tanks for years, but division manager Nate Batson says the CleanSweep No Entry Fermenter targeted at the wine industry is "a unique product we have that no one else has."

It uses a precisely engineered sweep arm, driven by a hydraulic motor-gearbox combination, to remove sediment from the large tanks and to make tank-cleaning a one-person job, he says. Since the cleaning operation is done from outside the tank, workers no longer are exposed to hazards associated with breathing concentrated carbon-dioxide in a confined space.

Although the company has been producing custom stainless steel tanks for years for things such as wine, beer, spirits, water, and industrial chemicals, it says it's just starting to produce them for the dairy industry, and Tenold says, "We're placing a big emphasis on that."

As for its SealVac Vacuum Fuel Drain System, Spokane Industries says it's hoping to continue to expand sales commercially and overseas after having established strong relationships with military customers.

"It took us a long time to get the Air Force comfortable with attaching something to their aircraft (that can quickly drain fuel), but they've come to learn that it's very safe, and it's very efficient and it's a great time save for them," Tenold says.

The SealVac attaches to aircraft sump points with drain tools that use a compressed air-generated vacuum seal. The drain hose that attaches to the system is able to drain fuel into a holding tank much faster than gravity, potentially saving hours of time that an aircraft is idled for maintenance, Tenold and Batson say. It also prevents the fuel from spilling onto maintenance workers' clothing or skin, thereby eliminating a potential health hazard, they say.

Spokane Industries says users of its SealVac system include virtually all U.S. military branches, some foreign countries' air forces, and a sizable number of major aircraft manufacturers and air carriers.

Other related products it makes include the SealVac Plus Vacuum Fuel Drain and Recovery System, which filters drained fuel for reuse; a HandiFueler Ground Support Service Card, which is designed to service aircraft fuel, fluid, and tire needs in a single trip; and the HandiFueler Helicopter Maintenance Cart.

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Leasing and Development
Apr/17/2015

Schultz Ranch subdivision clears hurdle

www.nevadaappeal.com

John Barrette

jbarrette@nevadaapeal.com

The initial phase of a 424-house subdivision at Carson City's south edge moved a big step closer to real activity this year due to a Thursday vote by the Board of Supervisors.

That word came from Dean Wingert, who heads Crown West Land Group and is vice president of Crown West Realty, LLC, both in Arizona, after the unanimous board tally to approve and accept the Schultz Ranch landscape maintenance district petition and the Schultz Ranch maintenance district development agreement. The first phase envisions 100 lots, but delays the craft petition and agreement language to suit board members and others took longer than expected.

Board members still posed a host of questions before their approving vote, but in the end Supervisor Lori Bagwell summed up benefits for the city as well as the developer. She said though the city must maintain common area landscape and public park land, the split cost is a 70 percent burden for the subdivision and just 30 percent for the city.

She and Roger Moellendorf, Parks and Recreation Department director, viewed that as a good deal during an exchange. Moellendorf, in an earlier staff presentation on the revised petition and agreement documents, called it "a win-win-win situation" for all involved, including city government.

Wingert, meanwhile, in his post-vote tally assessment characterized Bagwell's summation as accurate and said he expects activity toward the first phase before the end of 2015, though he wouldn't predict how much. He said his firm is a developer and must market to homebuilders. He said last year such a prospect fell through due to delays in the process, but he still anticipated interest from homebuilders going forward.

The Schultz Ranch development will be on land along and around Race Track Road to the east of U.S. 395 and north of the city's boundary with Douglas County.

Chris Baker of Manhard Consulting, LLC, spokesman for Wingert's firms, said in the subdivision's first phase there would be 67,694 square feet of landscaped area the city owns and would maintain. Moellendorf said his staff will mow it, water and maintain it, and landscaping with ease of maintenance is the goal. Cost for city maintenance was pegged almost at $61,000 a year.

Baker presaged Wingert's comments on action in the offing, though he was even less specific. He said only in the near term, if the board took affirmative action, property could be sold, permits issued and matters could get going "very quickly" after that on the first phase.

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Leasing and Development
Apr/06/2015

All About Fun moves to The Park

Ed Clark's How's Business

Spokane Edition
Ed Clark / info@spokanehowsbusiness.com

All About Fun, LLC has leased approximately 5,360 square feet of space in Building 15 in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley. Their primary business is sales and warehousing of home recreation items.

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Leasing and Development
Mar/23/2015

Etailz leases space in Valley park

The Spokesman Review
Spokesman.com

Treva Lind, correspondent


The Dirt:

Etailz Inc., a Spokane-based e-commerce retailer, has leased about 7,200 square feet at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park in Spokane Valley. The new space is primarily for use as a warehouse processing facility.

Etailz's headquarters remain in the McKinstry Innovation Center, at 850 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.

The company, which originally launched under the name Green Cupboards, operates five e-commerce websites that offer environmentally friendly products. It also runs two Spokane brick-and-mortar stores: Wollnick's General Store, at 421 W. Mail Ave., and Coy Beauty, at 227 W. Riverside Ave.

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Leasing and Development
Jan/11/2015

Industrial Park to host safety firm

The Spokesman Review
Spokesman.com

Mallory Safety & Supply LLC has leased about 5,000 square feet of space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan Road, in Spokane Valley. It's moving from a nearby Valley site.

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Based in Longview, Wash., the safety and industrial supply distributor has branches in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California. Products include safety clothing and equipment for workplaces. It also provides safety training and equipment rentals.

Chase Breckner, marketing specialist for Spokane Business & Industrial Park, helped arrange the lease.

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Leasing and Development
Sep/03/2014

New Tenants move into The Park

Inland Northwest Business Watch

www.inlandnwbusiness.com
inlandbusiness@yahoo.com

This just in from the people operating the Spokane Business & Industrial Park in Spokane Valley. They have a couple of new tenants who've moved into space there, creating more local jobs.

Here are those new tenants and their info straight from Crown West Realty and The Park -

Appliance Recycling Outlets, LLC has leased approximately 4,800 square feet of space in Building 2 in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. Their primary business is warehousing of appliances.

Mission Foods, in the tortilla and chip distribution business, has leased approximately 12,600 square feet of space in Building 33 in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park.

Watch for more tenant news coming from the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. For info on The Park, including leasing / sales visit their web site at- www.thepark.biz.

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Leasing and Development
Jun/29/2014

Walker's Furniture expands facilities

Here's the Dirt Weekly Report
The Spokesman Review

Walker's Furniture & Mattress is completing a 35,000-square-foot expansion of its distribution center and warehouse at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park in Spokane Valley.

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The Spokane-based retailer is expanding because of fast growth in sales and of its mattress line, says co-owner Gary Absalonson.

The company moved its then-120,000-square-foot warehouse into the business park in 2013. Continuing growth led to the expansion into a vacant building next door.

The company has more than 160 employees, with 54 of them at the distribution center, Absalonson said.

Started in 1980, the privately owned company now has 12 locations in the Inland Northwest, the Tri-Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Eastern Oregon.

The original founders, Pam and Mark Walker, are also co-owners along with Absalonson and Adam McDaniel.

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Leasing and Development
May/22/2014

Valley distribution center eyes $5 million addition

Journal of Business

By Mike McLean
mikem@spokanejournal.com

509.334.1266


Core-Mark signs 15-year lease at expanded facility


SPOKANE, WA- Core-Mark International Inc., the big San Francisco-based general merchandise distributor, is expanding its Spokane Valley distribution center with a 50,000-square-foot addition.

Including the addition, Core-Mark will occupy 150,000 square feet of floor space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, says Dean Stuart, director of marketing for Crown West Realty LLC, who brokered a 15-year lease for the expanded space.

Stuart says the total value of the project which will include freezer and cooler space, likely will be $5 million.

Construction is expected to start around July 1 with a project completion goal of Nov. 1, Stuart says.

Core-Mark's Valley distribution center is located in the northwest corner of The Park, and the addition will extend the west end of the building, he says.

Vandervert Construction Inc., of Spokane, is the contractor on the project, and Russell C. Page Architects PS, also of Spokane, designed it.

A Core-Mark executive couldn't be reached for comment.

Core-Mark distributes food, beverages, and sundries to 29,000 retail locations, including convenience, drug, grocery, and specialty stores.

The company's website shows the Spokane Valley center is one of 28 distribution centers Core-Mark operates throughout North America, and the only such center it operates in Washington state. The next closest Core-Mark distribution center is in Portland.

Crown West Realty owns and operates Spokane Business & Industrial Park, which is located at 3808 N. Sullivan Road and includes about 5 million square feet of leaseable space. Crown West is a real estate investment, development, and management firm with offices here and in Denver, Phoenix, Tucson, and New York.

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Leasing and Development
May/22/2014

Hydraulic concern sees growth in manufacturing

Journal of Business

By Mike McLean
mikem@spokanejournal.com

509.344.1266


ACM supplies, services equipment parts, valves


SPOKANE, WA- Advanced Concepts in Manufacturing LLC, a young Spokane Valley manufacturing equipment service and supply company, has grown fourfold since its first year of operation and expects that growth to continue as the economy improves, says Eric Wellington, vice president and principal in the company.

The company's main focus is repair and maintenance of hydraulic valves, although it's also a distributor for California-based Woodard HRT Inc., which is one of a few U.S. manufacturers of servo valves, which are common components in automated manufacturing equipment.

ACM also distributes industrial-grade TCP Wire & Cable Corp. products and fabricates custom cable systems.

In addition to service and repairs, ACM can design entire hydraulic systems, including valve, power, and control components, Wellington says.

"We can look at a customer's application, and design, or help design, a complete closed-loop hydraulic system to accommodate what they're trying to do," he says.

Hydraulic systems use energy created by fluid pressure to activate mechanical motions. The valves ACM works with control hydraulic fluid flow at up to 60 gallons per minute with pressures as high as 5,000 pounds per square inch, Wellington says.

One of ACM's more popular valve models is a Woodard servo valve with onboard electronic controls. It's slightly smaller than a 1-pound coffee can and sells for $4,800, he says.

Wellington, a hydraulics specialist, and Michael Syrcle launched ACM in 2011, and had no other employees at the time. A third principal in the company, Ron Washburn, came on board a year later. ACM has seven employees today.

Syrcle's background is in injection molding, Wellington says, adding that he and Syrcle met through common customers in previous lines of work.

Washburn, a previous friend of Syrcle, has expertise in computer networking, a vital skill for integrating electronic system controls.

The company is located in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan, where it occupies 5,600 square feet of leased space.

Behind the front office, ACM has a testing lab, repair stations, and shelves and racks for parts.

The service-and-repair area also includes a small machine shop for welding and fabricating parts.

Wellington says the company has quadrupled in size since its first year in operation, both in revenue and repair volume. The company's revenue doubled in 2013 compared to 2012 revenue, he says.

"We've been filling up the space, but we've got some room to expand," he says. "We're building a state-of-the-art test bench that will be fully automated."

ACM's growing client list has topped 150 companies across North America, ranging from injection-mold operations to sawmills, he says.

In injection-molding equipment, valves are used for many functions, including controlling the speed and pressure in which hydraulic fluid moves pistons or rams to force heated liquid materials such as plastics or metals into molds.

In sawmills, the valves adjust saw blade positions. "A computer determines where the saw blades need to be for maximum yield, and the valves adjust the blades within a few microns of accuracy," Wellington says. There are 24,500 microns in an inch.

"One sawmill produces 1.5 million board feet of lumber a day using our valves," Wellington says.

He says he expects ACM's growth to continue, especially if the economy continues to improve.

"Everybody's picking up," he says, "Injection molding has been steady, steel and aluminum production is going up, and lumber-mill production is way up. It's the same with particle board and plywood manufacturers."

Wellington says most of the company's new business comes through word-of-mouth references and occasional outside sales.

The company advocates scheduled cleaning and calibration of hydraulic valves at regular intervals of one to three years, depending on how much the equipment is used and how dirty the environment is.

"Some plants, like sawmills, don't like to stop and will run until the valve dies," Wellington says. Other customers have spare valves they can rotate into production equipment to reduce downtime while sending the worn valve for maintenance and repair.

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Leasing and Development
Apr/21/2014

Core-Mark to expand to 150,000 square feet

Spokane Valley, WA – Crown West Realty is pleased to announce the completion of a 15-year lease with Core-Mark International, Inc. for a 50,000 square foot expansion to their current distribution center within the Spokane Business & Industrial Park (The Park). When finished, the high bay, concrete-tilt building will total 150,000 square feet. Vandervert Construction has been selected as the contractor and is expected to complete the multi-million dollar project in the fourth quarter of 2014. Dean Stuart, Crown West Realty’s Director of Marketing and Sales completed the deal.

Core-Mark International, Inc. distributes food, beverages, general merchandise, and sundries to supermarkets, grocery and convenience stores.

Owned and managed by Crown West Realty, The Park is one of the region’s largest employment centers with over 120 resident companies employing in excess of 4,500 people. Over 4.5 million square feet of both dock-high and grade-level buildings rank The Park as one of the largest business and industrial complexes in the country. The expansive inventory, variety of product, ample resources, location and solution-oriented management team make The Park this area’s most flexible and valuable leasing option available.

Crown West Realty is a full-service real estate investment, development, and management firm with offices in New York City, Phoenix, Denver, Tucson and Spokane. Crown West owns and manages approximately eight million square feet of office, industrial and mixed-use properties, as well as 6,000 residential lots in Arizona and Nevada.

For more information about this project or any of Crown West Realty’s properties, please contact Dean Stuart at 509-924-1720 or dstuart@crownwest.com.

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