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Reynolds set to expand

The City of New Richmond is extending three roads in its industrial park in anticipation of several new industries moving in.

Reynolds Transport, Inc. has purchased property in the park to construct a 10,000-square-foot building on Cernohous Avenue next to Federal Foam.

Reynolds, which is an official Mayflower Transport agent, employs 18 people out of a temporary home on North Knowles.

According to general manager Tim Borgeson, company officials hope to begin construction of the new building this summer. They plan to be moved into their new space by December.

"We were going to be in Somerset until Jerry Brown (with the New Richmond Area Economic Development Corporation) got ahold of us," Borgeson said. "We had no plans to do any of this."

With their improved warehouse and office space, Borgeson said the company hopes to expand its client list to include households and retail customers.

Right now, the bulk of their business is transporting high value electronics, store fixtures and trade show displays.

Reynolds' biggest client is Hutchinson Technology, which deals in computer components. The also ship store fixtures for such companies as Golf Galaxy, Club Libby Lu at Sax Fifth Avenue, Gap stores, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Target.

"We ship all over the nation, and we're also doing some overseas stuff too," Borgeson said.

The company recently penned a contract with Medtronics to help them with some of their shipping needs in Europe.

Reynolds Transport wants to start getting into the business of records storage, working with colleges, banks and hospitals. The company is also marketing its expertise in storing and shipping large and unusual items, such as cars, motorcycles and complete households.

Their new service, called SAM (store and move) delivers a shipping container to a home where items are gathered and the container is sealed.

"The difference between SAM and a moving company is everything is kept inside a warehouse, where it's a climate controlled environment," Borgeson said.

The New Richmond City Council last Tuesday approved Reynolds Transports' move to the industrial park, and also approved funding for the extension of Cernohous, Dry Run Road and Madison Avenue in the park.