CHAFFEE - A 75,000 square foot sportswear apparel manufacturing plant will be transformed into an industrial cabinet manufacturing facility in Chaffee.
Tom Kelsey, commercial broker with Lorimont Place Ltd., who represented the owner in the recent sale, said the former sewing plant built for Columbia Sportswear back in 1989 and expanded in 1994 has been sold to S & W Cabinets Inc.
The Chaffee-based company is expanding its operations and presently has a manufacturing plant adjacent to the newly acquired building as well as one east of town on State Route M.
Kelsey said the building sale included 9.6 acres of property in the Chaffee Industrial Park, located just off of Highway 77. The industrial facility features 35,000 square feet of manufacturing area and 40,000 square feet of warehouse.
Columbia Sportswear had closed the plant during the spring of 2000 in a national cost cutting measure. The building was owned by Penzel & Company and had been used for various warehouse storage projects prior to the recent sale.
S & W began business in 1954 and has gradually expanded its wood processing operations over recent years. They manufacture custom wooden and laminated cabinets, counter tops and casework. They sell and build custom cabinets and components for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential applications.
Kelsey said the sale closed this week. No sales price was disclosed, but the Lorimont Web site listed the property at $1,150,000. He thought the new owner would begin occupying the building sometime after the first of September.
It was unclear about how many new jobs the expansion would create.