LONGMONT — Case Logic Inc., a designer of soft-covered carrying and storage cases for a variety of tech products, will move its operations from the Boulder Tech Center in Niwot to the Campus at Longmont this fall.
Case Logic, a subsidiary of The Thule Group, leased 19,096 square feet of space in a 39,000-square-foot building at 2420 Trade Center Ave. in southwest Longmont. Case Logic is moving from 156,000 square feet at 6303 Drycreek Parkway in the Boulder Tech Center in Niwot.
While owning a building seems like something every successful business should do, that’s not always the case. For many companies, it makes more sense to continue leasing space, freeing up time and capital that can be better utilized in other ways.
Sweden-based Thule Group, a maker of bicycle and ski racks, and assorted storage containers, acquired Case Logic in 2007 and named the division Thule Organization Solutions Inc., but it still is doing business as Case Logic.
Tom Howell, director of warehousing and logistics for Case Logic, said since the acquisition, Thule has moved distribution from Colorado to two distribution centers, one in California and one in Connecticut. Thule also moved the manufacturing of components of Case Logic branded products from Niwot.
At its peak, Case Logic had about 150 workers in Niwot, with 50 of those temporary contract workers, Howell said.
Howell said Case Logic’s current staff of about 45 office workers will make the move from Niwot to Longmont, probably by the end of October, when tenant finishes to the building are completed.
“We’ll be doing a little bit of everything in Longmont,” Howell said, including product research and development, design, customer service, marketing and customer service.
Case Logic was founded in 1984 by Jamie Temple making and selling audio cassette carrying cases. It now is known for its soft briefcases, backpacks, tablet cases,el laptop sleeves, messenger bags and camera bags.
Case Logic is leasing the space from GCC Longmont Holdings LP, an entity of Vancouver-based Balfour Pacific Capital Inc., which acquired 27 buildings in the Campus at Longmont in June.
Chris Ball and Steve Hager of Cushman & Wakefield were agents for the tenant.
Scott Garel of Newmark Knight Frank and agents with Dean Callan & Co. represented the landlord.