Columbia Distributing to Consolidate Three Portland Warehouses with 530,000 SF Facility in Canby

Columbia Distributing, the largest beverage distributor in the Pacific Northwest, is the company behind the massive Project Shakespeare facility approved for the Canby Pioneer Industrial Park, it was confirmed Thursday.

The facility will become new Columbia’s new Portland Metro Area warehouse, consolidating three existing locations situated on Portland’s Swan Island, NW Yeon Avenue and NW Guam Street. Completion is scheduled for fall 2020.

Columbia made the announcement in a press release along with Project Shakespeare partners Meritage and Trammell Crow Company (TCC).

“In addition to the optimal space and routing efficiencies Canby offers, we’re so impressed with the community, the potential partnership opportunities and the promise for creating great local jobs,” said Chris Steffanci, president and CEO at Columbia Distributing. “We see no less than 200 positions working out of this location and we’re eager to fill any openings before we relocate next fall. It’s an incredibly exciting time for us.”

Jamie Stickel, City of Canby’s Economic Development Director, shares the same enthusiasm for Columbia’s move.

“I am overjoyed to have Columbia Distributing join the Canby Pioneer Industrial Park. Columbia’s commitment to local job creation and community engagement makes them an ideal business to add to our robust industrial park.”

Tualatin-based Perlo Construction has been selected as the general contractor and Portland based VLMK Engineering + Design has provided the project design and permitting services.

The facility, which sits on 43 acres, is being developed through a joint venture between Meritage and TCC.

“We are pleased to partner with Trammell Crow Company to develop this state-of-the-art, Class A distribution facility for Columbia Distributing”, added Jared Halperin, a managing director at Meritage who leads the firm’s real estate investment strategy. “We look forward to advancing Columbia’s strategic growth objectives and driving further economic growth to the city of Canby.”

“Columbia Distributing, Meritage, and their teams have been fantastic to work with on this build-to-suit development,” said Steve Sieber, principal with Trammell Crow Company’s Portland office. “Columbia Distributing and Trammell Crow Company both have long histories of serving their customers well and we think this purpose driven development will help continue those traditions.”

Allen Patterson, VP of Capacity Commercial Group, and Terry Tolls, of T.N. Tolls Company, represented Trammell Crow Company and the sellers in the sale of the land.

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