Bang! And it all goes goodbye

Published on Thu, Oct 24, 2002
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Bang! And it all goes goodbye

At 4:30 p.m. Monday the gavel rang down for the last time on a marathon auction which cleared the Geographics building of everything from printing presses to potted plants. James G. Murphy Auctioneers sold off the bulk of 786 lots during the October 21 auction, which kicked off at 10 a.m.

Geographics, previously one of Blaine’s biggest employers with over 250 workers in 1997, laid off the last of its workforce in spring 2002 and got out of the printing business altogether. In a restructuring move to stay financially viable the company has consolidated as a design and marketing firm at their Wisconsin headquarters.

The Geographics property on Odell Road will be the next to go. The 10 acre property is listed with C.B. Richard Ellis in Seattle for $3 million. The facility includes an 80,000 square foot warehouse and 10,000 square feet of office space. Agent Matt McPherson said the company is mounting a cross-border marketing campaign to find a new business to take over the building. .
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