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Burle nabs tenants, begins upgrade

With nearly 40 tenants, Burle
Business Park
in Lancaster is
filling up fast.

With nearly 40 tenants, Burle
Business Park
in Lancaster is
filling up fast. The park, which has 1.3 million square feet of leasable space,
is about 90 percent occupied, said Althea Ramsay, vice president of real estate
at the park.

Three new tenants began leasing space in the 75-acre park in November, and officials are gearing up for a construction project
in January, Ramsay said.

East Hempfield Township-based Reliable Industries Inc. is
one of the new tenants. The firm is leasing roughly 4,500 square feet of
warehousing space to store recyclables until the market recovers for purchasing
such items, said Stan Miller, company spokesman.  

“All of the recycling markets have fallen off to almost
nothing,” Miller said. “People have lost anywhere from 30 percent to 75 percent
of the value of recyclables. I wanted a location that I could store some
material and see if the market comes back after the first of the year.”

Reliable Industries buys and sells industrial containers and
recycles plastic, cardboard and large quantities of other various raw or
finished goods. The firm also has an office-products retail store on location
with items available at roughly half off the retail price, he said.

The firm will lease the space for at least six months, and
Miller said he hopes the market will recover so that it can get more money for
the recyclables. At the moment, export and domestic markets are not demanding
the items, and it began to affect Reliable Industries near the beginning of
November, he said. Miller said he is not concerned.

“If recycling slows down, then containers pick up. We have a
mix of products so that everything doesn’t slow down at the same time,” he
said. “We’re not the new kid on the block; we’ve been here since 1980.”

East Lampeter Township-based The Dering Corp. also began in
November leasing about 5,000 square feet of warehousing space at Burle, Ramsay
said. And West Donegal Township-based Doug Lamb Construction Inc. has become a
park tenant by paying to park its trucks and equipment at Burle while redoing sidewalks
in Lancaster,
she said. The site has parking for more than 1,500 vehicles.

At this point, the park has some room left for warehousing
purposes, perhaps a technology firm or some light manufacturing, she said.

This month, construction will begin on a new entrance to the
park next to the cafeteria, which serves hot breakfast and lunch. The project,
which Ramsay would not disclose the cost of, also will include the creation of
a 4,000-square-foot café where tenants can take a break or have informal meetings
with clients and vendors. The project should be completed by spring, Ramsay
said.

“We have been working for several years now to upgrade the
park, from painting to landscaping to paving,” she said. “Now it’s time to do
something inside that makes it more conducive for business.”

Distinctive Affairs Catering is likely to benefit from the
café space and new entrance, said Brenda Hess, manager of the firm. The
catering company, which is based at the park, has been providing food and
beverages in the cafeteria for about 15 years, she said. The cafeteria seats
between 100 and 130 individuals. The firm employs about 8 workers.

While Hess is not sure the extent to which the upgrades will
improve business for the firm, she said she is confident it will help.

“I think it will greatly improve our business. We’re
welcoming the change,” Hess said. “I think it will make the cafeteria look
nicer. We’re excited for it all to take place.”

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