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Sacramento company aims to move manufacturing to Nevada County

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What: Grass Valley Development Review Committee meeting

When: 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 14

Where: Grass Valley City Hall Hullender Room, 125 East Main St., Grass Valley

A Sacramento company is currently in the planning stages of opening a new manufacturing warehouse building in Nevada County's Loma Rica Industrial Park, which would bring anywhere from 40 to 50 jobs into the area, according to property owner Lee Thurston.

"It'll be new to this county. It's a company moving from South Sacramento, but I'm really not at liberty to release the name of the company," said Thurston. "We're still in the contract stage, so I don't want to jump the (gun), so to speak, but we do plan on building this towards the end of the summer if we get all the county people lined up."

Today, the Grass Valley Development Review Committee will review a conceptual application put forth by Thurston for a 36,000-square-foot industrial building with metal roofing and siding.

The proposed building would be located at 12481 Charles Drive and is within county lines on a 2.19-acre parcel owned by Thurston.

The property is located within Grass Valley's sphere of influence, giving the Development Review Committee jurisdiction to provide the county with suggestions on the proposal's design and general plan.

Final approval of the application is given by the county, however.

"(The building) is potentially going to come into the city at some point," Grass Valley Community Development Director Tom Last said. "The process that we have with the county, is we want to take a review of the application to look at site plan design, landscaping, and just general items. And what we do is we develop a letter to the county and to the applicant, saying here are the items we'd want the county to consider for any potential changes."

The project proposes one primary access point to the building on Charles Drive, and one emergency access on Park Court. The property will have 41 parking spaces located at the northeast corner of the lot, city documents state.

County officials will prepare an environmental analysis for the application, but the county's current general plan designation for the building slates the area be used for production, distribution and warehouse of goods.

The city currently has zoned the site for production, repair, distribution and warehousing of goods and equipment.

Thurston previously owned and housed Furniture by Thurston, a furniture manufacturing company, in a warehouse on the same property before the business was sold to KLN Steel in 2007, and renamed Thurston Furniture.

In December 2014, Thurston Furniture announced it would redistribute the company's Grass Valley assets to alternative locations in California and central Texas.

According to Thurston, the Sacramento company is not affiliated with KLN Steel or Thurston Furniture.

"I'm bringing it forward to make it feasible for this company to move their manufacturing facility up here," Thurston said.

"There may be more information coming out in the meeting tomorrow, but at this point it's up to them to release more information, not me."

Nevada County Economic Resource Council Executive Director Jon Gregory said he wasn't aware the company was relocating into the area, but said it would help to grow the local economic pie.

"I'm assuming it's a manufacturing company that has products that are sold not just locally, but on a regional, statewide, or global basis," Gregory said. "When that happens, that brings more dollars into Nevada County to circulate around… If they're going to hire local people, that 40 to 50 jobs in a small county is huge. That puts people to work that are underemployed and unemployed."

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.