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Leasing and Development
May/21/2009

Certified Folder Display Service, Inc.

Journal of Business

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


SPOKANE - Certified Folder Display Service Inc., a Vista, Calif.-based distributor of printed tourist-information brochures, has leased 4,000 square feet of office and warehouse space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan. Chase Breckner of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.

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Leasing and Development
May/07/2009

Century Archives Northwest LLC

Journal of Business

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


SPOKANE - Century Archives Northwest LLC, a Spokane document storage, management, and archiving service, has leased 5,600 square feet of storage space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan. Dean Stuart, of Crown West Realty LLC, and Tracy Lucas and Mark Lucas, both of Kiemle & Hagood Co., handled the transaction.

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Leasing and Development
Apr/09/2009

ReliOn plans to introduce smaller fuel cell

Journal of Business

By Jeanne Gustafson

New system is expected to be available this year for smaller-scale backup


SPOKANE, WA- Spokane Valley technology company ReliOn Inc. says it's developing a new, smaller version of its hydrogen fuel-cell system.

Called the Eco-200 fuel cell system, the new version should be available commercially in the fourth quarter of this year and uses ReliOn's patented technology. It provides backup and emergency power for smaller-scale power applications.

The company's fuel-cell technology generates electricity through an electrochemical reaction using hydrogen and oxygen, with water being the only byproduct, and it has earned exemption from stringent air quality standards such as those set by the California Air Resources Board.

ReliOn says the Eco-200 is designed to be an economical small-scale backup power solution that can provide hundreds of hours of run time and lasts for 10 to 15 years. The product is a complete fuel-cell system housed in a 3.5-inch tall rack-mountable package.

The new product is smaller both in power and size than ReliOn's other products, says spokeswoman Sandra Saathoff. It will provide 200 watts of power, ideal for backup power for equipment such as railroad signals, surveillance systems, and microwave repeaters used in air-to-ground communications systems for air traffic controllers, Saathoff says.

Currently, many of ReliOn's customers use the larger hydrogen backup systems, which are designed to provide between 500 watts and 12 kilowatts of backup power for those applications, but it will be less expensive and more efficient to use the smaller version, she says.

Many of ReliOn's customers are wireless telecommunication providers, but it also serves other markets, including wire-line telecommunications, government, security, and utility communications and transportation networks.

ReliOn incorporated in 1995 as Avista Laboratories INc., then a subsidiary of Avista Corp. A portion of Avista Labs was sold to venture capitalists in 2003, and the company was renamed ReliOn the following year.

The company currently has 45 employees, most of whom work at its Spokane Valley location, at 15913 E Euclid, Saathoff says. It has sold its products to more than 600 customers in 18 countries.

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Leasing and Development
Mar/26/2009

Walker's Furniture Inc.

Journal of Business

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


SPOKANE - Spokane-based Walker's Furniture Inc. has leased 10,000 square feet of floor space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan, for storage of retail furniture and accessories. Dean Stuart, of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the lease.

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Leasing and Development
Feb/12/2009

Two industrial park tenants juggle facilities to add space

Journal of Business

By Jeanne Gustafson

Tire wholesaler, sheet-metal fabricator expand at SBIP


SPOKANE, WA- Two tenants of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, in the Spokane Valley, say they are increasing the amount of space they lease there.

One of the two, sheet metal fabricator Apex Industries Inc., is expanding into a more than 14,000-square-foot space that the other tenant, neighboring TCI Tire Centers LLC, plans to vacate next month in building 14 at the industrial park, at 3808 N Sullivan Road. TCI Tire Centers plans to move its operation into a newly remodeled, 22,000-square-foot space, in building 13, that it says will allow it to increase its on-hand inventory.

Dwaine Plummer, TCI Tire Centers' manager, says the Michelin-owned tire wholesaler had good sales last year. Though sales volume was about the same as in 2007, profits were up due to higher prices and expanded inventory, he says.

The larger space will give TCI expanded showroom area and more office space, Plummer says. Crown West Realty LLC, which owns the park, recently has updated the new space with a new fire sprinkler system and increased insulation in the warehouse area, and has added an office there for TCI Tire Centers, Plummer says.

The store currently has seven employees. For now it doesn't plan to add more people, but might hire one person later as it considers expanding its delivery routes, Plummer says. It has a fleet of five trucks with which it delivers tires to its customers, and it also ships tires to some customers, he says.

Overall, Michelin Group, which has U.S. headquarters in Greenville, S.C., has added 40 wholesale stores over the last two years, Plummer says. The Spokane-area store sells a number of brands of tires to tire stores in the region.

Once TCI Tire Centers moves, Apex Industries, which cuts, bends, forms, and welds sheet metal into precision parts for manufacturers, will take over the vacated space, says Gordon Cudney, who co-owns the company with Matt Matthews.

Apex Industries, which currently has between 80 and 90 employees, doesn't plan to add any more employees for the time being, Cudney says. Its work force is up from 70 in the fall of 2007, but the company has been experiencing a slow period since around the last quarter of 2008, he says.

"Although we do need the space, it's more a timing of opportunity," Cudney says.

Apex plans to install a second powder coating system there, and the additional space will give the company room to grow in the future and a more efficient work flow, he says. Apex currently uses a batch powder coating system, and will add an automated conveyor line powder coating system. Powder coating is a finishing process in which a powder form of dry paint is charged electrostatically and applied to metal parts, which then are placed in an oven where the powder is heat cured at 350 degrees to 400 degrees to form a durable finish, Cudney says.

Apex produces parts for companies in the electronics, medical, and aerospace industries, among others, he says.

Over the past year, the company has invested about $1 million in equipment, mostly for growth or redundant capacity, Cudney says.

Dean Stuart, director of marketing for Crown West, says the park currently has about 7 percent vacancy rate.

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Leasing and Development
Jan/15/2009

Four new tenants move into SBIP

Journal of Business
By David Cole

Growing metal fabricator relocates from East Trent; park gets three other tenants


SPOKANE, WA- Hydrafab Northwest Inc., a growing Spokane-based metal fabricating company, has leased a 16,000-square-foot space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park and has moved there from a 9,000-square-foot leased facility at 4809 E. Trent.


Hydrafab is one of four companies, the other three all based out of state, that have leased space in the industrial park this month, says Dean Stuart, the park's director of marketing. The other new tenants there are Gale Contractor Services, a subsidiary of Taylor, Mich.-based Masco Corp.; Noodle Head Inc., of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Otis Spunkmeyer Inc., of San Leandro Calif.


Hydrafab leased space in the park's building No. 15 and moved from "cramped" quarters on Trent Avenue to improve the company's efficiency, says Hydrafab owner and President Chris Henjum. The company currently employs nine people, he says.

"We've seen a consistent pattern of sales growth," Henjum says. Hydrafab's former space on Trent Avenue was divided into four work areas, and the new space allows the company to operate with all its equipment in one room, he says.

The company's primary areas of business growth have been in specialty piping, tube and pipe bending, and sheet metal fabrication. It primarily has been making prototypes and doing short production runs, he says, adding, "We're doing a lot of custom projects right now."

The company also does specialty welding and finishing using metals such as aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, zirconium and mild steel.

Separately, Gale Contractor Services, which furnishes and installs insulation and garage doors, in leasing about 20,000 square feet of space at the industrial park, also in building No. 15, and has moved there from a 30,000-square-foot space at 5414 E. Broadway.

Noodle Head, which develops, sells, and distributes toys, has leased about 7,200 square feet of space in building No. 2, which it will use as a shipping warehouse and sales and administration office, says Chris Ryan, vice president.

The company no longer will be using two shipping warehouses, one in Denver and the other in north Spokane at 1620 E. Houston, Ryan says.

It also will no longer use its 750-square-foot sales office in Spokane Valley, at 408 N. Mullan Road.

Otis Spunkmeyer, which makes frozen cookie dough, ready-baked muffins, and a variety of other bakery products and distributes them to food service and retail outlets, has leased about 4,000 square feet of space in building No. 25 and plans to use the space as a sales and distribution outlet, Stuart says.

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Leasing and Development
Dec/18/2008

Gale Contractor Services

Journal of Business

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


SPOKANE - Daytona Beach, Fla.-based Builder Services Group Inc., doing business as Gale Contractor Services, which sells and installs building and home-improvement products, has leased 20,000 square feet of floor space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan, where it moved its Spokane Valley office from 5414 E. Broadway. Dean Stuart, of Crown West Realty LLC; Boug Byrd, of Byrd Real Estate Group; and Al Leszczynski, of Colliers International, handled the transaction.

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Leasing and Development
Dec/18/2008

Moose Among Moose Inc.

Journal of Business

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


SPOKANE - Moose Among Moose Inc., a laser-etching service and automotive-repair equipment distributor, has leased 8,000 square feet of floor space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan. Chase Breckner, of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.

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Leasing and Development
Dec/04/2008

Fresenius Medical Care North America

Journal of Business

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


SPOKANE - Fresenius Medical Care North America, a Waltham, Mass.-based provider of kidney dialysis services, equipment, and supplies, has leased 4,000 square feet of warehouse space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan. Chase Breckner, of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.

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Leasing and Development
Nov/20/2008

Walgreen Co.

Journal of Business

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


SPOKANE - Walgreen Co., the Deerfield, Ill. based drugstore chain, has leased about 2,700 square feet of space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan, for centralized repair services for corporately owned electronic and office equipment for its Spokane-area stores. Dean Stuart of Crown West Realty LLC, and Scott Person, of NAI Black, handled the transaction.

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