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Denver-based Tuff Shed is seeking contractors to help build out its newly acquired warehouse property in east Orlando and wants to authorize local contractors to install its custom buildings for clients in 2016, a lead executive with the company told GrowthSpotter.

The manufacturer of garages, storage and custom commercial buildings has more than 100 production and retail locations nationwide, though its lone production facility in Florida until now has been in Tampa, which opened in 2005.

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An example of Tuff Shed's Pro Tall Ranch line used as a boathouse.
An example of Tuff Shed's Pro Tall Ranch line used as a boathouse. (Tuff Shed)

Tuff Shed was drawn to the 12,960-square-foot vacant warehouse property at 8524 E. Colonial Dr. due to its proximity to I-4 and the 408 Expressway, and increasingly concentrated residential growth in the area, said Phillip Worth, vice president of marketing. The company bought the parcel on Oct. 22 for $1.65 million.

The manufacturer of storage and custom commercial buildings buys less than an acre in east Orlando to establish a production facility in the market.

"We'll use this facility in two ways; for warehousing and light assembly in the back of the house, and for sales and design consultations in the front of the house," Worth said. "To get the facility ready to open we have some build out to do, and we'll hire this out locally. We are in the process of getting bids for these improvements."

The company shouldn't require any rezoning for its redevelopment of the property, and will hire contractors for typical electrical, plumbing and finish work on a warehouse shell build out, he said. Tuff Shed is aiming for the Orlando facility to open in January.

Tuff Shed has been able to establish its name in the Orlando market by selling through local Home Depot stores up until now, which were supplied by the Tampa facility. The company's new Orlando factory will serve 40 Home Depot stores, including 22 in the Orlando/Daytona Beach market.

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