Leasing and Development

Shower Enclosures opens new distribution center

Journal of Business
Real Estate Roundup
Compiled by Mike McLean /

SPOKANE - Hoskin & Muir Inc., a Livermore, Calif.-based specialty distributor doing business as HMI/Cardinal Shower Enclosures, has leased 13,300 square feet of space for a new distribution center in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan Road.. Chase Breckner of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the lease.

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Leasing and Development

Cosentino Center to move to larger quarters in Valley

Journal of Business

Real Estate Roundup
Compiled by Mike McLean /

SPOKANE - C&C North America Inc., a Sugarland, Texas-based distributor and retailer of natural and manufactured stone surfaces, doing business here as Cosentino Center, has leased 22,600 square feet of space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan, and plans to move its Spokane Valley operations there in August from smaller quarters at 10717 E. Montgomery Drive. Chase Breckner of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.

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Leasing and Development

Hytest Safety leases Sullivan Road site

The Spokesman Review

Treva Lind, correspondent

The Dirt:

BC Sales Co., doing business as Hytest Safety Footwear, has leased about 1,250 square feet of space at 3012 N., Sullivan Road, in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. The company provides industrial safety footwear and safety supply sales.

Chase Breckner of Spokane BUsiness & Industrial Park assisted with the lease..

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Leasing and Development

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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Acquisition and Investment

True North/Crown West drops $29.925 million for office/flex space at Cotton Center

Business Real Estate Weekly of Arizona

Phoenix, AZ - A joint venture formed by True North Management Group in White Plains N.Y. (Desmond McGowan, principal) and Crown West Realty, LLC in Phoenix (Bob Olshan, pres.) paid a combined $29.925 million ($113.15 per square foot blended average) to acquire 264,424 sq. ft. of office and flex space located within the Cotton Center business park in Phoenix.

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Leasing and Development

Schultz Ranch subdivision clears hurdle

John Barrette

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

All About Fun moves to The Park

Ed Clark's How's Business

Spokane Edition
Ed Clark /

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

Etailz leases space in Valley park

The Spokesman Review

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

Industrial Park to host safety firm

The Spokesman Review

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.


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

New Tenants move into The Park

Inland Northwest Business Watch

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-

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