Issue: October 2006 Issue
REALTY ONE REAL LIVING PARTNERS WITH BUILDERS
The Midwest's largest independent real estate firm unveiled a partnership with several Northern Ohio builders to help future homeowners find or design a home.
Realty One Real Living's Builder Development Services Group's portal will allow customers to search new properties, builders and communities.
Found at the company's Web site, RealtyOneRealLiving.com, the search engine provides consumers with photos, overviews, specifications, active models and agent representatives for builder communities.
"Previously, consumers had to search multiple sites if they wanted a new-build dream home," said Barbara Reynolds, president of Realty One Real Living. "We're taking this process to the next level by offering a one-stop shop – a site where consumers can search for new builds from multiple builders and benefit from an agent's knowledge and expertise at the same time."
WACHOVIA CONTINUES EXPANSION
Wachovia Securities opened an office at Crocker Park in Westlake this summer that houses 22 of the firm's advisors and an office manager. The 13,000 square feet of offices takes up the entire second floor of 25 Main Street at the Westlake shopping center/business offices.
"We believe the new facility allows us to be more efficient and to better serve our clients," says Mark Beshany, Northeast Ohio managing director of investments. "We are happy to be in the growing and exciting area of Crocker Park."
Wachovia has been aggressively expanding across Northeast Ohio since 1999. Currently one of the region's three-largest financial investment firms, Wachovia has eight offices and more than 100 advisors in the area. Wachovia's predecessor firms include Prescott, Ball and Turben; Kemper Securities; First Union; Bache; and Prudential Securities.
TCP BREAKS GROUND ON HEADQUARTERS
TCP Inc. of Aurora broke ground this summer on its 125,000-square-foot facility that will include both a two-story office building and a distribution center. The manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting projects, TCP aims to increase production with the new building and provide spaces for the creation of new products.
Designed by the Curtis Layer firm, the offices are set to be completed by June 2007 and will include a warehouse facility, numerous laboratories and a customer service call center.
"With the completion of our new building comes the opportunity to grow the company and its capabilities, allowing us to develop new, innovative lighting technology, and continue bringing new products to the market that will transform the way Americans light their homes," says Ellis Yan, CEO of TCP.
In the coming years, the new facility could be expanded to 360,000 square feet of distribution and office space.
Q-LAB EXPANDS WESTLAKE FACILITY
Just five years after building its current facility, Q-Lab Corp. broke ground on an expansion of its Westlake headquarters. The 72,000-square-foot addition will more than double the size of its current facilities and allow the scientific instrument manufacturer to meet global demand for its products.
Once completed, the Q-Lab facilities, entirely designed by Cleveland architect Bruce Taylor, will span 30 acres. With 50 years in the industry, Q-Lab supplies weathering and light stability equipment, standard test substrates and test services.
"Q-Lab does business all over the world, and we have found that Cleveland is an excellent place to run our business because of the area's tremendous reservoir of talent and access to quality suppliers," says Q-Lab's President Douglas Grossman. "We are also proud to be one of the few manufacturers in the U.S. that is challenging current trends by actually exporting our products to China, instead of importing products from China."
The new project will also include an addition to the corporation's research and development and training centers, which will allow them to accommodate their growing engineering staff.
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