Construction: Mighty Leaf Tea leases space in Petaluma

Mighty 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, 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. ***

[caption id="attachment_31488" align="alignleft" width="158"] Tom LeDuc[/caption]

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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