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May 13, 2015

Littau purchases Wilco Road industrial site in Stayton

Statesman Journal

Justin Much

The large industrial site on Wilco Road that formerly housed Clayton Homes sold to a manufacturer of harvest equipment, a brokerage firm announced Tuesday.

A representative from Binswanger and Kidder Mathews said the 137,150 square-foot site located on 13.12 acres around the intersection of Locust Street and Wilco Road sold to W.N. Johnson Properties, LLC, working on behalf of Littau Harvester. The sale price was $2.5 million.

Laurie Goldstein of Binswanger said in a press release that Littau plans to use the facility for assembly of harvester equipment, product storage and distribution. The company will also relocate its trucking operations onto this site.

City of Stayton Finance Director Christine Schaffer noted that Littau already has a presence in the city, on Rogue Ave.; it's the city's understanding that it is expanding its operations. The purchase includes the 102,575 sq. ft. main manufacturing plant, 28,375 sq. ft. of separate facilities, and 6,200 sq. ft. of office space on the13.12 acres.

Schaffer noted that part of that includes the lot south of the railroad tracks across Locust Street from the main manufacturing area.

"The property is looking great," Schaffer said. "They've had crews in there cleaning it up, which is nice to see."

Clayton Homes closed its Stayton operations in late 2009 when it consolidated operations at its Oregon home-building facilities in Albany.

Littau's twitter biography describes the company as "the world leader in picking systems for blueberries, red raspberries, and many many more crops."

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