Spokane Journal of Business

Beverage distributor Odom plans facility in Hayden

Company starts $9.2 million project

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The Odom Corp. expects to move its North Idaho operations in the spring to a new distribution center, illustrated here. Odom’s North Idaho facility currently is in Coeur d’Alene. Earlier this year, an Odom manager said about 100 company employees were based out of Coeur d’Alene.

The Odom Corp., the big Bellevue-based wholesale beverage distributor, is erecting a 92,000-square-foot distribution center and warehouse in Hayden, where it plans to move its North Idaho operations, says Jerry Dexter, Odom’s Spokane-based senior vice president.

Dexter declines to disclose the dollar value of the facility. However, the building permit application on file with the city of Hayden lists the construction value at $9.2 million.

The new distribution center will be located at 12281 N. Warren, in northeast Hayden. The project site is on a 15-acre parcel of land that Odom real estate affiliate Odex North Idaho LLC acquired. It’s just northeast of the Coeur d’Alene Airport, on the west side of Warren Street, which is west of and mostly parallel to U.S. 95.

Commercial brokers Craig Hunter and Rob Kannapien, both of Coeur d’Alene-based Coldwell Banker Commercial Schneidmiller Realty, and Chris Schreiber, of Spokane-based Kiemle & Hagood Co., negotiated the real estate transaction.

Dexter says the project is scheduled to be completed next spring.

“The foundation is poured, and we think it will take about seven months to build,” he says.

Odom occupies about 60,000 square feet of leased space at its current North Idaho distribution facility, at 3858 N. Schreiber Way, in Coeur d’Alene.

“Our Idaho business is growing,” Dexter says. “The Coeur d’Alene space is at capacity, and there aren’t enough dock doors there for what our needs are.”

The Hayden center’s design will be similar in some respects to that of the company’s new West Plains facility, which opened last year, he says.

“It will be a tilt-up concrete building with attached offices on the front side,” Dexter says of the Hayden project. “Some large timbers will enhance the entrance and the design will have that Northwest feel to it.”

Odom opened its $20 million, 200,000-square-foot West Plains distribution center last year at 5810 W. Thorpe Road, replacing a nearby 100,000-square-foot leased facility.

Dexter says the new Hayden center isn’t expected to result in a net increase in employees, although he declines to say how many employees it will have.

Earlier this year, an Odom manager said about 100 company employees were based out of Coeur d’Alene.

At the time, the company also had 400 employees working in the Eastern Washington area served by its West Plains facility, including 150 who were based at that distribution center.

Concord, N.H.-based Design Group Facilities Solutions Inc. is the general contractor on the Hayden project, which the company also designed.

Design Group also designed and built Odom’s West Plains distribution center.

Dexter says Design Group is hiring local subcontractors, for the Hayden project.

Divcon Inc., a prominent Spokane Valley concrete contractor, will erect much of the structure, building permit application information shows.

Ruen-Yeager & Associates Inc., of Coeur d’Alene, is the civil engineer, and the Spokane office of Seattle-based DCI Engineers Inc. is the structural engineer.

Other subcontractors listed on the building permit application include mechanical contractor KTU of Spokane Inc. and excavation contractor Piersol Construction Inc., of Airway Heights.

Odom used the city of Hayden’s new same-day permitting process to get the project started, city records show.  Odom submitted its building permit application on Sept. 30 and received site-plan and footings and foundation approval that day.

The project site is within Hayden’s designated industrial investment area, and is eligible for tax increment financing that would reimburse the developer over time for about $400,000 in public sewer infrastructure expenditures, city records show.

Odom distributes mostly adult beverages to grocery stores, restaurants, and convenience stores.

The company owns the distribution franchise here for MillerCoors, Pabst Brewing Co., and North American Breweries. Odom also distributes dozens of brands of craft brews, including beers produced by No-Li Brewhouse LLC., of Spokane, and Laughing Dog Brewing Inc., of Sandpoint.

Odom also handles more than 100 brands of imported beer, hard cider, other adult beverages, and soft drinks.

Companywide, Odom has 1,900 employees based at facilities in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska. The company was founded in Alaska in 1934.

Mike McLean
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Deputy Editor Mike McLean has worked his entire journalism career in the Inland Northwest. Mike, who also lives to reel in fish and crank up music, has worked for the Journal since 2006.

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