Patterson City Councilman Larry Buehner said that he and two other investors, Patterson-based Ramos Investments and Sierra Pacific of Modesto and Patterson were forming a separate company for ownership of the administration building.
Escrow closed on the administration building last week according to John Ramos, owner of Ramos Investments.
Buehner also said he had joined with Ben Hetrick of Modesto to purchase the main plant building at the southwest corner of South First Street and West Las Palmas Avenue.
The 15,000-square-foot administration building, on the northwest corner of North First Street and West Las Palmas Avenue, had attracted the attention of “several” companies looking to relocate their companies to Patterson from outside the city, Ramos said.
Buehner said the building could easily accommodate 80 to 100 employees, and there was an undeveloped 2.5-acre parcel of land directly behind the building that could be expanded upon as well.
Calls to Hetrick were not returned Tuesday March 5.
Chris Murphy, vice president of Sierra Pacific, said the administration building was in good shape.
“We really don’t know what to do with (the administration building) yet,” he said. “We’re excited about its proximity to downtown Patterson.”
Buehner said he would like to see both buildings painted to make the gateway to Patterson more appealing.
It was not clear yet what kind of tenant the main plant could attract until demolition and removal of the old Patterson Vegetable Co. equipment was completed, he said.
Work crews were still busy dismantling the plant this week. A giant crane that could be seen for miles took out large pieces of equipment off of the plant’s roof last week.
Meanwhile, Traina Pacific, a new company formed by Patterson-based Traina Dried Fruits and Sierra Pacific, is renovating buildings purchased in November from Patterson Vegetable Co. on the east side of the 300 block of First Street, south of East Las Palmas Avenue.
Sierra Pacific already had adjoining facilities further down the block. Murphy is a managing partner in the venture along with brothers Joe and Willie Traina of Patterson.
The former plant’s contents were auctioned off in January to food processors and equipment vendors from all over the country.
Patterson Vegetable Co. ceased operations June 24 after managers and Teamsters Local 948 members could not come to terms regarding cuts to employee pay and benefits. The frozen vegetable processing company’s facility, which was run by Patterson Frozen Foods until 2007, had run continuously for 66 years.
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