[caption id="attachment_34703" align="alignnone" width="605"] Innovative Molding is set to move to Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park this fall.[/caption]

ROHNERT PARK -- Innovative Molding Inc., maker of plastic container lids and measuring spoons, plans to expand its headquarters plant this fall in a move from Sebastopol to a major portion of a mixed-use development in southeast Rohnert Park.

In early May, Innovative Molding signed a five-year lease, with extension options, for 120,000 square feet of interconnected production, warehouse, design and administration space at 1200 and 1400 Valley House Road in the former Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies campus now called Sonoma Mountain Village, according to Brad Baker, president and chief executive officer of property owner Codding.

"They would like to move in September this year, so we're on a real fast track," Mr. Baker said. "We're trying to work through issues with the city of Rohnert Park, and they are being very cooperative."

Codding is preparing to accommodate about 110 Innovative Molding employees. That would boost the total number of employees at the 25-acre, more than 600,000-square-foot business park to more than 900 in almost two dozen companies, including AT&T, Comcast, DC Power Systems and Codding companies Codding Construction and Genesis Steel Frame Solutions.

Negotiations with Innovative Molding started three months ago. Anticipating a deal, Codding has been talking with city officials about what would be needed for conditional use permit, which would have to be approved by the city Planning Commission.

This would also be the first project to be reviewed by the design board called for in the city's approval of the overall project in August, according to Mr. Baker. The board is still being put together, but it will include Richard Pope, an investor in Codding ventures and project manager for the development, someone from the city building department and a construction design professional picked by both Codding and the city.

Codding Construction will manage tenant improvements and is taking subcontractor bids. A contract for interior architecture is being finalized.

Innovative Molding President Grahame Reid, who founded the injection-molding company in 1982, could not be reached for comment.

The manufacturer occupies an 85,000 square feet at 6775 McKinley Ave. in Sebastopol and opened a similarly sized plant in Atkins, Ark., in 2009.

Innovative Molding designs and makes plastic closures for plastic and glass containers with a mouth diameters ranging from just more than an inch to almost 5 inches and finishes from ribbed to smooth. The company also offers a line of plastic measuring cups. The closures can have custom embossing, debossing and color printing on the lids. Target markets are producers of liquid and dry foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and chemicals.

NeStack and TaperStack proprietary designs for nesting caps allow for smaller, lighter bulk packaging, lower cost per unit and protection for cap seals. Lockliner is a company design for closure liners that can increase the reliability of container seals.

Mr. Reid also has secured patents for tamper-evident closures for pill containers and wine bottles, according to U.S. Patent & Trademark Office records.

The arrival of Innovative Molding to Sonoma Mountain Village will bring the existing buildings to more than 70 percent occupied, and negotiations with several serious prospects could increase occupancy to 80 percent to 85 percent, according to Mr. Baker.

With the business center almost full, Codding is turning its attention to the rest of the 175 acres of Sonoma Mountain Village, approved for 1,694 single- and multifamily units as well as a hotel, theater, sports fields and parks.

"We're trying to go from business park to mixed-use community," Mr. Baker said. "When we started the project, housing was all the rage, but now that's not the case," Mr. Baker said.

Codding purchased the property from Agilent in 2004.

"Now, hospitality is more prominent," he said. "With the Green Music Center and with a SMART station there may be opportunities with bike trails and ecotourism, and we're investigating how these trends help our project out here to be a bridge to the rest of the city."

Codding is seeking input from hotel operators on what would work for the development.

Sean Heaton of Cushman & Wakefield represented Codding Enterprises in the five-year lease to Innovative Moldings. Parker Realty represented the company.