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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Leasing and Development

Walker's Furniture expands facilities

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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.


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

Valley distribution center eyes $5 million addition

Journal of Business

By Mike McLean


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

Hydraulic concern sees growth in manufacturing

Journal of Business

By Mike McLean


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

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

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Distribution & delivery companies move to The Park

Journal of Business - Real Estate Roundup

By Mike McLean

SPOKANE, WA- Ritchie Trucking Service Inc., of Fresno, Calif., has leased 9,600 square feet of warehouse and distribution space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan. Chase Breckner, of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.

CBC Moving Inc., a Portland-based moving and delivery service, has leased 4,000 square feet of space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park for a new Spokane-area outlet. Chase Breckner, of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.

Wolf Home Operations Inc., a Spokane Valley furniture and appliance delivery service, has leased 4,000 square feet of floor space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park and has moved there from smaller space elsewhere in SBIP. Chase Breckner, of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.

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Industrial Park adds four tenants

Here's the Dirt Real Estate

The Spokesman Review

Four new companies have moved into buildings at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road.

Allwest Testing & Engineering, which provides materials testing and geotechnical engineering, is leasing 5,000 square feet of space.

Ritchie Trucking Service Inc. has leased 9,600 square feet of space. It provides warehousing and transporation services.

CBC Moving, a commercial moving and delivery company, is leasing roughly 4,000 square feet of space.

Wolf Home Operations Inc. is leasing 4,000 square feet. It delivers furniture and appliances.

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Engineering firm slims down machine manufacturing

Journal of Business
By Katie Ross

Lambie uses ‘right-sized’ technology, robotics to streamline processes

SPOKANE, WA- Lambie Engineering LLC, of Spokane Valley, is hoping to revolutionize the way companies fabricate parts through the concept of lean manufacturing.

One of the tenets of lean manufacturing, says Lambie Engineering President and owner Ken Lambie, involves using specially-engineered equipment to make only as many parts as are needed to meet short-term customer demand, thereby reducing waste and making product flow more effective.

“We make machines that make product at what the demand is,” Lambie says. “In the lean community it’s called ‘right-sized’ equipment.”

Lambie Engineering, he says, makes machines that are smaller, produce fewer parts, or run at a slower pace so that companies can make only as many parts as they need, when they need them.

There are a few reasons, Lambie says, why a company might be manufacturing more parts than its demand necessitates. Some manufacturing machines are large and can only make parts in large batches. Lambie says companies also will make large batches of parts at one time to make up for the time and effort it takes to manufacture the part. There are also machines that produce parts at a faster rate than is necessary to meet demand. In these situations, the company ends up with a large surplus of parts that it isn’t using, Lambie says.

As an example, in 2011, the company handled a project for the appliance division of General Electric Co., where it made the machines for manufacturing the front panel of two different dishwashers. Lambie Engineering made both a notch machine, which cuts metal like a cookie cutter, and a form machine, which bends the metal panels into the desired shape. The machines, which Lambie describes as right-sized, were used to streamline the manufacturing process, he says.

Lambie says the company also made a right-sized automated painting booth for Spokane manufacturer Triumph Composite Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Triumph Group Inc., to paint two different light fixtures for Boeing 747 cargo planes. The booth enabled the painting process to take place in the production line instead of in large batches in a different location, thereby improving product flow.

Lambie Engineering also has worked on projects for a number of other recognizable companies, including Whirlpool Corp., Kenworth Truck Co., Boeing Co., and Spokane’s Berg Cos., and Lloyd Industries Inc.

Lambie Engineering moved in September from its 700-square-foot space at 15404 E. Springfield to 1,250-square-foot space at 3020 N Sullivan, Lambie says. The firm decided to move to have more shop space, Lambie says. For the year 2013, the company expects to have $275,000 in revenue. That would be up from its 2012 revenue, Lambie says, but down slightly from 2011, when the company completed the project for GE.

Currently, Lambie and Tom Courrier are the only full-time employees at Lambie Engineering.

The company also employs two part-time workers, Josh Swenson and Tim Adams, who also pursue their own projects outside of Lambie Engineering. Lambie is a mechanical engineer, Courrier is an electrical controls engineer. Swenson is a journeyman tool and die maker and computer numerical control machinist, and Adams in a millwright, welder, and fabrication specialist.

“Between the four of us, we have the capability to build sophisticated machines,” Lambie says. “We all understand production flow and how important that is.”

Lambie also says that the friendship between the four men contributes to the company’s success.

“Friendship, trust, and respect create a cohesive team,” he says.

The firm also uses robotics in some of its projects, and is certified by Fanuc American Corp. as a robotics integrator.

The company buys the device, usually a robotic arm, Lambie says, from Fanuc and then Lambie Engineering designs and makes the periphery equipment necessary to run the robotic device in a production cell.

Robotics, Lambie says, can be used to perform jobs that are repetitive, dirty, or dangerous for humans to do.

“In a lot of cases, there are really tedious jobs, very repetitive,” Lambie says. “A robot can be used to automate those very repetitive tasks. That can be less expensive than the labor, depending on the situation. If the volumes are sufficient enough, we can replace labor with machine. It can also be dirty or dangerous, so for a safety standpoint, we may want to use automation.”

Lambie says the company doesn’t use robotics in its machines to replace human labor altogether, but rather to streamline the manufacturing process.

“We don’t want to automate to get rid of people,” he says. “We want to automate to grow, so we can use our human labor where it’s needed more.”

For the future, the company is focused on building its customer base, Lambie says. “Things are evolving,” he says. “We’re supporting more manufacturing companies.” However, Lambie says, right-sized equipment can sometimes be a tough sell to companies that aren’t familiar with the practice.

“We’re looking to take our niche and move into other markets,” he says.

He says the business also is looking to obtain an AS (90) 100 certification so it can pursue projects with Boeing. The AS (90) 100 is a quality systems certification, Lambie said.

To become certified, the company needs to have documented quality systems in place that meets the standards of the certification. Lambie says a consultant will be visiting the company on Nov. 15 to get the process started.

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Lambie LLC gets new Valley office

by Bert Caldwell
Here's the Dirt Weekly Report
The Spokesman Review

Lambie Engineering, LLC has leased approximately 1,250 square feet of space in Building S6 in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3020 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley.


The company provides engineering and machine assembly services.

It moved from a previous Spokane Valley location, to take advantage of shop space in the park. The firm has four full time employees.

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Two new leases at business park

by Bert Caldwell

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The Spokesman Review

Two new businesses are leasing space at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park in Spokane Valley.


Motorsports warehousing and transport company, KGM Assemblers Inc., is taking 12,000 square feet in the industrial park.

Also, Sandvik Mining and Construction USA LLC is leaing roughly 20,000 square feet. Sandvik, a global company, makes and sells a wide range of mining equipment and industrial matierials.

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