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Bloomfield residents buy C&F Foods building

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

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Ed Dust, director of the Sikeston Department of Economic Development, looks over available building space with Ivan Griffin.
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's warehouse space is filling up.

Bloomfield residents Sue and Ivan Griffin of Pine Tree Trucking and Warehouse are the latest business owners to invest in Sikeston, having purchased the old C&F Foods building at 515 Noles.

The Griffins took possession of the building in mid-February.

"They saw an opportunity to grow their company in a growing community," said Ed Dust, director of the Sikeston Department of Economic Development. "We have a lot of growth potential."

The building is located off the south side of Wakefield, due east of the Sikeston Power Plant.

"It's a 100,000-square-foot building with rail access," Dust said.

The Griffins already have one company leasing space from them at their newly-acquired building.

"We have half of it leased out to Good Humor-Breyers," Ivan Griffin said.

As for the other space at the warehouse, "we're really looking for another lessor," he said.

The remaining 50,000 square feet has two rail access bays, four truck docks and a drive-in bay.

The Griffins said they would also be willing to operate the remaining 50,000 square feet at the building as a "working warehouse," something they have experience with as they are currently running a 125,000-square-foot working warehouse in Advance.

Dust explained a working warehouse is where the owners staff the building for loading in and out so the leasor doesn't need to staff the facility.

"We have staff that would be available that we could use in the interim," said Sue Griffin, "but after that we would be hiring."

The Griffins got their start in the trucking business about 11 years ago by hauling product from Bloomfield to Cape Girardeau for Golden Cat, now doing business as Nestle Purina.

About five or six years ago the Griffins expanded their business to include owning and leasing out warehouse space and operating working warehouses.

"We also have a shuttle service if needed," Griffin said.

The Griffins said their business is all about working with companies to meet their needs. "We're just working hard to make a living," Griffin said.

Dust said when he took the director's position at the Sikeston Department of Economic Development about two years ago, he had almost a million square feet available in Sikeston to fill with businesses.

Over the last six months, about half of that has been rented out or otherwise spoken for, Dust said.

Those interested in either leasing space at the old C&F building or in contracting for a working warehouse can contact Derick Griffin at the Griffin's office in Advance by calling 722-3460.