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Dunn & Black relocates to remodeled Grant Building

Talk about a short move.

Workers used carts to wheel file cabinets and office furniture across the intersection of Post Street and Riverside Avenue last week. They were moving the eight-attorney law firm Dunn & Black P.S. into the remodeled Grant Building, which is diagonal from its old home in the Peyton Building.

The building is owned by the principals of Dunn & Black and SRM Development, which will occupy a floor of the structure. The building has a modern exterior with large windows and a rooftop court for basketball and pickle ball.

First-floor tenant Banner Bank, of Walla Walla, reportedly plans to spend $1 million to improve its space.

The nearly 50,000-square-foot building cost $2.5 million to remodel, excluding tenant improvements, according to building permits.

Here’s the Dirtt

SRM Development’s floor of the building has another novel feature. Moveable glass walls made by Canadian company Dirtt – Doing It Right This Time – form offices, so the company can change the space’s configuration without demolishing plasterboard.

The local Dirtt dealer, Spokane-based Contract Resource Group, recently remodeled a roughly 7,000-square-foot showroom to display its “sustainable interior architecture” products, including the walls.

“Historically what we’ve done is office furniture and interior facility planning,” owner Duane Wilson said. “Where our biggest growth sector is right now is in sustainable interior architectural elements. That would be our moveable walls, modular flooring.”

For basic models, the walls can cost “substantially less” than traditional ones, and depreciation can be written off, he said. The showroom is at 811 E. Sprague Ave., Suite D.

Factory Co. sold

The longtime owner of The Factory Co. International, formerly RAHCO International, has sold the manufacturing business to the owner of a Spokane Valley manufacturing company.

Richard Hanson founded RAHCO about 60 years ago, according to a news release. The company manufactured and sold heavy equipment, including machines for mining, oil, gas and agricultural industries. Mark Folsom, owner of Folsom Manufacturing, purchased the business.

Hanson will retire, splitting his time between Arizona and the Northwest.

Danish concern FLSmidth & Co. A/S bought the materials-handling division of RAHCO International in April 2007 for a reported $19.5 million.

Wheat Montana closes

Less than a year after opening and offering homemade bread and hormone-free meat at a South Hill deli, Wheat Montana Farms closed its Spokane store last week.

The Three Forks, Mont.-based company also shuttered its locations in Coeur d’Alene, the Tri-Cities and Boise, said Jeremy Fritz, director of operations.

The Spokane store, near Regal Street and South 44th Avenue, wasn’t profitable, he said. He attributed its failure to its location and the overall economy, although he would not say why the location was not ideal.

Bruttles opens store

Bruttles Candies, maker of the soft peanut butter brittles found on pillows at the Davenport Hotel, will open its second store today.

The leased, 3,700-square-foot factory and shop, 101 N. University Road, is about three times the size of its current location.

Owned by Carol Measel, Bruttles reopened in 2002. It has a small shop on the lobby level of the Davenport.

Bruttles employs 10 people and will take on an extra eight workers during the holiday season, she said.

Reach Parker Howell at (509) 459-5491 or at parkerh@spokesman.com.


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