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Monday, September 2, 2013, 7:00 am

Pasha to expand to San Rafael

Global transport company employs 175 in Marin, 1,000 worldwide

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    SAN RAFAEL — The Pasha family has been moving automobiles, heavy equipment and property of military personnel on oceans and highways worldwide starting six decades ago, and now the company is rigging its headquarters for a move to support business growth of 3.5 times in the past decade.

    The Pasha GroupThe Pasha Group (415-927-6400, pashagroup.com) leased nearly 50,000 square feet of former Autodesk office space at 4040 Civic Center Dr. in the Terra Linda area of north San Rafael and plans to move its 175 headquarters employees there from Corte Madera in early October.

    “The company is focused on continued growth — and job creation to support the aggressive growth,” said George Pasha IV, president, chief executive officer and third-generation leader of the company.

    Pasha Hawaii's Jean Anne roll-on, roll-off vehicle transport vessel

    Pasha Hawaii’s Jean Anne roll-on, roll-off vehicle transport vessel

    From a small Port of San Francisco operation George Pasha Jr. started in 1947 to store personal vehicles for U.S. military personnel stationed overseas, The Pasha Group has grown to employ more than 1,000 employees and full-time contributors in five divisions plus a joint venture for moving large vehicles and equipment between Hawaii and Southern California.

    In addition to offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, the company operates a large vehicle carrier ship, has a larger second ship set for launch next year, runs 176 automobile transporter truck rigs in 49 states, operates ISO-certified port facilities in San Diego, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Md., and Grays Harbor, located between Portland and Seattle. The facilities handle military personnel personal vehicles at a 350,000-square-foot covered-storage and construction fabrication facility in Hawaii.

    The boom in personal car ownership after World War II and the launch of a vehicle truckaway operation moved The Pasha Group into establishing automobile processing and logistics for new and remarketed vehicles in the 1960. In 1990, the Automobile Services division opened a vehicle processing port facility in San Diego, now covering 135 acres, followed later by centers in Baltimore and near Seattle.

    Moving automobiles on and off ships in the early days of the company led to the Maritime Services division. Its breakbulk and container terminal in Los Angeles provides destination port services for more than 200 vessels annually.

    San Diego is the home port of the Jean Anne, a 579-foot-long ship capable of carrying 2,000 vehicles completely out of the elements, launched in 2005 for the Pasha Hawaii joint venture. Professional Mariner journal called the ship the first pure car and truck carrier. Coming into service next year is set to be the $144 million, 692-foot-long Marjorie C, which can carry 2,750 automobiles plus 1,400 containers.

    “We’ve certainly seen an uptick in Hawaii tourism spending in the last couple of years, as well as new construction,” Mr. Pasha IV said. “New hotels, residential building and government-funded infrastructure have kept us busy on the Jean Anne.”

    Since 1994, Pasha has been a subcontractor for the Defense Department’s Global Privately Owned Vehicles Contract. The company garnered a major global role for its Transportation Services division through acquisitions in the 1980s.

    Though the average age of vehicles on U.S. roads is at an all-time high of 11.4 years, forecasted pickup of big-ticket sales in the next couple of years may mean more cars for the company to move, Mr. Pasha said.

    In the San Rafael lease deal on July 27, Samuel Ko of Meridian Commercial represented The Pasha Group, and Steve Leonard, Bryan Foster and Trevor Buck of Cassidy Turley represented property owner Kilroy Realty Corp.

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