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Monday, December 17, 2012, 5:50 am

Construction: Mighty Leaf Tea leases space in Petaluma

Also: LeDuc joins One Sun; Hudson Street Design opens in Napa

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    Jeff QuackenbushMighty Leaf Tea Co. leased 15,600 square feet of industrial space at 1460 Technology Way in Petaluma for “additional space.” A company spokeswoman said the headquarters will remain in San Rafael but wouldn’t specify the purpose for the Petaluma space.

    Mighty Leaf Tea (415-491-2650, mightyleaftea.com) had 60 employees and $30 million in annual foodservice and retail sales when Chief Executive Officer Gary Shinner talked to the Business Journal at the beginning of this year. [See "Locally based food makers have put down roots," Feb. 6.] At that time, he said the 16-year-old company was “still in expansion mode,” selling its tea in more than 11,000 stores in 40-plus countries.

    Trevor Buck, Brian Foster and Steven Leonard of Cassidy Turley brokered the Petaluma lease deal in October. 

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    Tom LeDuc

    Tom LeDuc, co-founder of Santa Rosa-based LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing, retired from that company earlier this year and joined forces with Warren Brown of solar energy contractor One Sun, Inc., based in west Sonoma County.

    “Both Warren and Tom see broad opportunity in the evolution of the construction industry into a more sustainable model,” said One Sun spokeswoman Bibi Leigner.

    Mr. LeDuc has been interested in energy-efficient building systems since he and Art Dexter, taking over Mr. LeDuc’s role as president and chief executive officer of LeDuc & Dexter, started the top North Bay contracting company in 1983, getting into solar hot water systems early. The company expanded into hydronics in 2004 and “green plumbing” in 2007-2008.

    Mr. Brown shifted from his electrical contracting company to One Sun in 2010 after nearly a decade of increasing solar-electricity array installations. One Sun recently expanded its services to solar flat-plate and cogeneration technologies, which combine photovoltaic electricity generation with hot water heating to greatly boost efficiency. 

    Mr. LeDuc and Mr. Brown worked together over the years on North Coast Builders Exchange committees, including the exchange’s new Green Building Center. Recently, Mr. LeDuc first advised One Sun on its joint project earlier this year with Cogenra for a nearly 51-kilowatt solar electric and thermal cogeneration system for Clover Stornetta in Petaluma

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    Hudson Street Design of Napa Valley (707-299-5110, hlc-inc.com) will be hosting an open house Dec. 19 from 3-5 p.m. The 2,500-square-foot store at 1551 Soscol Ave.  in central Napa opened in early November after five months in progress.

    “Long story short, the ‘over-the-counter permits’ took about six weeks,” said Amy Hutton, Napa Valley sales manager. The parent company, Healdsburg-based home-improvement supply group HLC, Inc., leased the storefront in late March and planned to be open by the end of June. [See "Hudson Street Design expands to Napa," May 14.]

    This is the third Hudson Street Design division for HLC. It acquired what is now the 16,000-square-foot Hudson Street Design of Marin in January 2010 and has the original 4,000-square-foot Hudson Street Design store in Healdsburg.

    These stores target architects, builders and homeowners with top-end doors, windows, cabinets, countertops, skylights, plumbing finishes and kitchen-and-bath hardware.

    The Napa design team includes Catherine Shackford, a two-decade veteran of kitchens and bathrooms, Heather DeBerry and Ms. Hutton, whose respective experience in windows and doors spans 14 and 10 years, and Joani Moore, who has been specializing in plumbing fixtures for more than five years. —J.Q.

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    Ultima Hospitality rebranded Tam Woods Hotel, a 100-room property formerly known as the Larkspur Mill Valley Hotel, as Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area on Dec. 4 following a recently completed $4 million renovation.

    The hotel, which is five miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge at the base of Mt. Tamalpais, will also undergo additional renovations, including a redesign of all guestrooms, remodeled public space and improvements to the hotel’s exterior.

    The hotel includes features in keeping with a $1 billion Holiday Inn re-launch, described as the biggest ever project of its kind in the history of the hospitality industry, according to Ultima. Each guestroom now has a 42-inch high-definition TV, Apple iPod-compatible docking station and complimentary wireless Internet access, and many have a deck or patio. 

    “Our established clientele and new loyal Holiday Inn Express visitors will have a fresh and positive experience that embraces the unique beauty of Marin County,” said Christina Giles, general manager.

    The general contractor was Madison, Wis.-based Tri-North Builders.

    “Our company’s growth and support from ownership puts Ultima Hospitality in a fantastic position to work with an established and credible brand like Holiday Inn Express,” said Nir Liebling, senior vice president and director of acquisitions for Ultima. “The hotel is already highly regarded in the area, and our planned improvements and dedicated management team will place it in a class of its own.” 

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    Silverado Resort and Spa northeast of Napa selected two architecture and design companies for renovations in the first half of 2013.

    Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects, which has St. Helena and Sausalito offices, will manage the renovation of the resort’s 12,000 square-foot conference center, and SWA Group of Sausalito will handle long-term master planning and design efforts. 

    “We are very pleased to collaborate with these two talented teams,” said General Manager John Evans in a statement. “This transformative project will allow us to exceed the increasing needs of meeting and event planners today.”

    The resorts owners, including golf legend Johnny Miller, will soon embark on a multiphase refurbishment expected to be completed in July. The first phase will include conference room renovations and technology upgrades plus significant improvements to meeting spaces and public areas.

    The 415-room resort is operated by New Jersey-based Dolce Hotels and Resorts, a privately held operator of 27 upscale hotels, resorts and conference hotels in North America and Europe and majority-owned by Broadreach Capital Partners

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    Submit items for this column to jquackenbush@busjrnl.com or call 707-521-4256. Business Journal Staff Writer Dan Verel contributed the items on the Tam Woods Hotel and Silverado.


    Corrections, Dec. 18, 2012: The new name for Tam Woods Hotel is Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area, and part of its renovations include exterior improvements. Incorrect information was in the original column.

    A Mighty Leaf Tea Co. spokeswoman said the company would retain its headquarters in San Rafael with the lease of space in Petaluma but would not specify what the “additional space” would be used for.

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