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California Firm Buys Kaiser Smelter

A California company that acquires old industrial locations has paid $1.5 million for the former Kaiser Mead smelter operation. New Mill Capital, LLC, plans to convert some of the existing buildings on the 183-acre North Spokane site into usable industrial locations for new tenants, said Gregory Schain, executive VP of New Mill. Other buildings will have to be gutted and taken down, he added. New Mill is a subsidiary of Industrial Realty Group LLC, a California company that buys and develops excess commercial and industrial properties across the country. Its website said the firm has a portfolio of over 80 million square feet within 70 projects across the United States. The plan is to turn the site into a north Spokane industrial park, Schain added/Tom Sowa, SR. More here. (1995 SR file photo shows an aluminum-making pot at the former Kaiser Aluminum smelter in mead)

Question: Have you or any member of your family worked at Kaiser Mead smelter operation?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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