Wine warehouser Groskopf plans expansion

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SONOMA -- Under new leadership and with a broader range of services, Groskopf Warehouse & Logistics has significantly expanded its customer base and plans a big boost to its storage capacity and markets served.

Started in 1939 and focused on the wine industry for more than three decades, Groskopf had been targeting the storage and shipping needs of boutique wine producers until the dramatic reduction in consumer spending starting in late 2008 hit the luxury end of the wine business hard. At the beginning of this year, Jaguar Properties, company owner since 2004, brought in packaging industry veteran David Hammond, 47, as vice president and general manager. Charlene Groskopf, in that role for years, retired from the company.

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"We've grown 40 percent in the last seven months," Mr. Hammond said, referring to a larger portfolio of customers. Revenues last year were $8.5 million. He expects them to reach into double digits by the end of this year, though not back to 2008 levels because of recent fee-schedule adjustments.

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