- Paris Flash
- Real Estate
By CHARLES RICHARDS
For the first time since it was built almost a decade ago, the “C Tech Building” in the city’s Industrial Park has a tenant.
“I am pleased to announce that building has been leased to WinField Solutions, LLC,” Steve Gilbert, executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corporation told the PEDC board during its meeting on Tuesday.
WinField Solutions is owned by Land O’ Lakes, one of the largest producers of butter and cheese in the United States.
“We’re actually in the chemical part of it, for farmers and ranchers,” a WinField employee told eParisExtra.com at the site late Tuesday afternoon. Before the move, WinField Solutions operated locally out of 2220 NE Loop 286.
“They have relocated into the Industrial Park, and I think they have a lease-purchase agreement with the owner,” Gilbert said.
“Actually, yesterday was our first day here. We just moved in,” the WinField employee said.
Gilbert said as far as he knows, this is the first time anyone has moved into the property. The building was built “about 2004 or 2005″ when Gary Vest was the PEDC executive director, Gilbert said.
The Land O’ Lakes subsidiary is one of the nation’s largest distributors of professional products for turf, ornamental, pest control, aquatics and vegetation management.
The company has 80 service centers across the country and close to 100 sales representatives in golf course management, lawn and sports turf management, pest control, aquatics, and vegetative management markets.
The building continues to be owned by C Tech, which got lucrative incentives from the PEDC to come here. The company abandoned its plans for Paris, and the project has become etched in local memory as the PEDC’s outstanding embarrassment.
“No question about it, it’s going to be good just to have activity out there and have the building back on the tax rolls,” Gilbert said Tuesday night.
“Well, it’s always been on the tax roll because (the owner of C Tech) has been paying taxes on the building . But get it active, you know,” Gilbert added.