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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Leasing and Development

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.


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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Leasing and Development

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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