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A manufacturing company that will employ up to 35 people plans to move into a building that will be constructed on Spartan Drive in Oregon.

Ed Harmon, chairman of Spartan Logistics, said it will cost $2.5 million to build the facility. The company, which he can’t yet name, is related to automotive manufacturing.

“I can’t divulge the name this week, but soon. We’re waiting to sign some documents. It will be a long term lease,” he said.

“It’s a good project. It will keep growing,” he added.

Spartan also refurbished a 10,000 square foot building owned by Spartan at 205 Lallendorf Road. It will be leased to a national company out of Texas with up to 20 jobs. He also wasn’t ready to disclose the name of the company, though he said it was in distribution.

In Northwood, Spartan added 100,000 square feet to its building at 6705 Wales Road. A Fortune 100 company that distributes a “food type item” is expected to lease the now 200,000 square foot building.

“I can’t tell you the name, but I can tell you they will be creating 35 jobs,” he said. “The company is probably in the top 20 of Fortune 100 companies. They signed a 10 year lease on the facility.”

Spartan constructed the building in the early 90s for Millcraft Paper, which moved away about a year ago, he added. Spartan then marketed the building nationally when a company expressed interest for a 200,000 square foot facility.

“We spent $4.5 million to refurbish the building and added another 100,000 square feet,” he said.

Spartan has grown considerably since it constructed its first facility on Wales Road in Northwood about 20 years ago. It owns nine different facilities in Oregon and Northwood. It owns 6 million square feet of commercial and industrial properties across the country, from New York to California. In Oregon, Northwood and Toledo, Spartan owns just under 1 million square feet of properties.

Fresenius, a medical care facility, and Caraustar, the nation’s largest supplier of gypsum facing paper in North America, and the second largest manufacturer of convolute-wound and spiral-wound paper tubes and cores, are among the companies drawn to Harmon’s facilities in Oregon over the years.

“We do the same thing throughout the country,” he said. “We have contracts with national companies. We just finished a 500,000 square foot building in Dallas, a 100,000 square foot building in Little Rock Arkansas, and a 600,000 square foot building in Port Smith, Arkansas,” he said.

Harmon is also president of 28 different companies owned by Harmon Family Development LLC.

“We have our own real estate company, our own construction company, our own leasing company, our own property management company, and we also advertise nationally in scope. We bundle all the requirements needed by our customers. It’s a very seamless method of attracting commercial and industrial clients,” he said.

Even in the face of the recession in 2007, Spartan continued to build facilities locally and across the country. To what does Harmon attribute his continuing success?

“It takes a lot of effort to make it happen. But you have to be honest and straightforward with people to be successful,” he said.

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