2/14/2017 - Kim Hofstede named NAIOP Minnesota president

Matt M. Johnson, Finance & Commerce

​Founders Properties Vice President Kim Hofstede recently started her term as president of NAIOP's Minnesota chapter. Hofstede leads the organization's board of directors on strategic initiatives including work on public policy and education, as well as in representing Minnesota's commercial real estate development industry. She will serve as president for the entire year. Hofstede ha...

6/7/2016 - This Week’s Chicago Deal Sheet

Chick Sudo, Real Estate Bisnow

​CBRE's Michael Caprile, Zach Graham and Ryan Bain were the sole brokers in Serra Laser Holdings' sale of a 129k SF industrial property at 2400 Commerce Dr in Libertyville to Founders Properties. Serra Laser Holdings is leasing back the property from the new owner.

5/11/2016 - Founders Properties names Hofstede vice president

Hank Long, Finance & Commerce

​Founders Properties, LLC announced this week that Kim Hofstede has been hired as its vice president. "Kim is a welcome and strategic addition to our team," said Wade Lau, president and CEO for the Minnetonka-based firm, in a prepared statement. "She brings deep expertise that will add significantly to our existing capabilities, supporting our commitment to providing strong ...

5/3/2016 - OtterBox distribution building trades in $16.55 million deal

Jill Jamieson-Nichols, Colorado Real Estate Journal

​OtterBox's 200,420-square-foot national distribution headquarters in Frederick sold in a $16.55 million investment deal that produced "enormous" activity. Pacific Acquisitions LLC paid $82.58 per sf for the building at 4185 Salazar Way. Founders Properties LLC was the seller. OtterBox just signed a long-term, triple-net lease for the building, which it had occupied on a sub...

3/21/2016 - People on the Move: Kim Hofstede

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

​New Hire, Commercial Real Estate Kim Hofstede, Vice President at Founders Properties EDUCATION: University of Wisconsin Founders Properties hired Kim Hofstede as vice president.

3/9/2016 - Germantown manufacturer sells building for $4.2 million

Corrinne Hess, BizTimes.com

​Minneapolis-based firm purchases property The Germantown building that houses the headquarters of Satisloh North America Inc., located at N106 W13131 Bradley Way, was sold by the company recently to a Minneapolis real estate investment firm for $4.25 million. According to Satisloh's website, the company manufactures ophthalmic and precision optics. Company representatives did not ret...

1/8/2016 - Negotiations underway to lease newly-built warehouses in Butler County

Chelsey Levingston, Journal-News

​Construction was finished in the fall on new speculative industrial buildings at Port Union Commerce Park near the intersection of Ohio 747 and Port Union Road, according to the developer and builder The Opus Group. The 100-acre business park consisting now of four total warehouse buildings is partly located in West Chester Twp. and partly in Fairfield. Two previously existing b...

1/5/2016 - This Week’s Dallas-Fort Worth Deal Sheet

Tonie Auer, Dallas-Fort Worth Bisnow

​LEASES Adeptus Health renewed its 80k SF lease at 2941 South Lake Vista Dr in Lewisville. JLL's Steve Thelen, Doug Carignan, Greg Baxendale and Melissa John negotiated the renewal with Founders Properties' Jim Montalbano. Weaver will move its Dallas office to approximately 58k SF on two floors in The Union Dallas, RED Development's mixed-use project at Field Street and Cedar Springs ...

11/10/2015 - Founders Properties, LLC Completes Five Strategic Transactions in Office and Industrial Sectors

Meagan Pick, Business Wire

​MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Founders Properties, L.L.C. recently completed five transactions totaling more than 1.3 million square feet of office and industrial space in Ohio, Georgia and Colorado. To date in 2015, Founders Properties has completed 18 transactions totaling more than $310 million and 3.5 million square feet of office and industrial space. “We...

10/14/2015 - Rickenbacker 8

Brian J. Rogal, GlobeSt.com

​Hillwood Investment Properties, a Perot company, has just acquired Rickenbacker 8, a new 484,216 square foot class A industrial warehouse developed by the Opus Group at the Opus Business Center in suburban Groveport. Opus and Founders Properties were the sellers. The purchase was the latest move by the Dallas-based Hillwood that bolsters its presence in the expanding Midwes...

8/5/2015 - Eastpoint buildings

Stan Bullard, Crain’s Cleveland Business

Piedmont Office Realty Trust (NYSE: PDM) of Atlanta, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, has exited the Northeast Ohio office market by selling the Eastpoint I and II office buildings in Mayfield Heights for $18.5 million.The new owner is an affiliate of Founders Properties LLC, a Minnetonka, Minn.-based real estate investment company. The firm is operated by Gerald Rauenho...

7/23/2015 - South Point Business Center

Dees Stribling, Real Estate Bisnow: Charlotte

Investors nationwide have taken an interest in Charlotte, Founders Properties president Wade Lau tells us. The Minneapolis-based Wade ought to know; his company, on behalf of Founders Income Fund III, just acquired the 123k SF South Point Business Center.Charlotte's a strong location for investment due to several factors, including steady job growth and low industrial vacancy rates with high ab...

7/7/2015 - Plymouth Point

Brian J. Rogal, GlobeSt.com

*Coverage also appeared in the GlobeSt Chicago AM Alert e-newsletter on July 7, 2015The Opus Group has been one of the most active industrial developers In the Twin Cities region, and has just launched yet another spec building. The 96,000 square-foot office and warehouse facility in suburban Plymouth is smaller than many of Opus' other projects, but it is meant to satisfy a specific ...

6/5/2015 - The Opus Group Developing Spec Industrial Property in Indianapolis

Amy Works, REBusinessOnline

The Opus Group is developing a speculative industrial property at 3901 Hanna Circle at the Airport Business Center in Indianapolis. The industrial office and warehouse facility will feature 433,000 square feet of space. Situated on 26.2 acres, the property will feature 32-foot clear heights, 40 loading docks with four drive-in doors, ESFR sprinkler systems, T-5 fluorescent lighting and parking ...

6/1/2015 - Opus Group to build 182,000-square-foot spec industrial facility in Iowa

RE Journals

​The Opus Group will build the Gateway Industrial Center, a 182,000-square-foot speculative industrial office and warehouse facility in Grimes, Iowa.  "We're excited to begin work on our second speculative industrial project in Iowa this year," said Jason Conway, director of real estate development for Opus Development Company. "This project is a welcome addition to the stat...

5/8/2015 - Spec Industrial Development Comes to Iowa

Brian J. Rogal, GlobeSt

​*Coverage also appeared in the GlobeSt National AM Alert e-newsletter and the GlobeSt Chicago AM Alert e-newsletter on May 8, 2015. Additionally, coverage was featured as a national headline on the GlobeSt homepage on May 8, 2015. Industrial development took off several years ago in many markets across the US, and has now started to spread to secondary ones that have seen little construct...

4/26/2015 - Minneapolis Real Estate Pros Play Hockey For Charity

Fox Weekly

​Real estate industry professionals from Minnesota assemble a hockey game each year — to help raise money for charity. On Wednesday, the team of real estate pros had raised more than $10,000 for a local charity called "Camp Fire Minnesota". "The 16th annual Opus Cup featured two teams coached by Founders Properties CEO Wade Lau, whose team wore St. Paul V...

4/10/2015 - Founders Properties closes $80M fund, continues national buying spree

Sam Black, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

​*Coverage also appeared in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Morning Edition e-newsletter on April 10, 2015. A private real estate investment fund started in 2010 by founders of The Opus Group and Best Buy Co. Inc. continues to thrive, having just closed its third, and largest, fund. Founders Properties investment group was created about five years ago by&...

3/31/2015 - Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer Completes Sale of 123KSF Industrial HQ

Eliza Theiss, Commercial Property Executive

​Cushman & Wakefield | Talhimer has announced completing the sale of South Point Business Center, a 123,200-square-foot single-tenant industrial headquarters facility in Charlotte's Southwest submarket. Buyer Founders Properties paid $9.25 million for the industrial warehouse and light manufacturing complex located on South Ridge Drive. The state-of-the-art facility serves as a mission...

3/4/2015 - Opus Launches Another Twin Cities Spec

Brian J. Rogal, GlobeSt.com

​The Twin Cities metro area has one of the healthiest economies in the US, but even here the northwest suburbs have stood out as especially desirable for industrial users. The Opus Group has responded by launching the development of a 145,800-square-foot speculative industrial office and warehouse facility in suburban Brooklyn Park, its second recent spec development in the region....

3/4/2015 - The Opus Group to develop 145,000-square-foot spec warehouse property in Minneapolis market

RE Journals

​The Opus Group will develop a 145,800-square-foot speculative industrial office and warehouse facility in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Located at the intersection of 85th Avenue and Wyoming Avenue North, the new building will be available for either single or multi-tenant occupancy. Construction will begin in May of this year, with completion planned for the fall of 2015. The building will be owned by...

3/3/2015 - Opus plots spec industrial project in Brooklyn Park

Sam Black, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

​The Opus Group is jumping into the competitive market for industrial space in the northwestern Twin Cities suburbs. Minnetonka-based Opus announced Tuesday that it will build a 145,800-square-foot speculative industrial office and warehouse facility in Brooklyn Park at the corner of Wyoming Avenue North and 85th Avenue. "This is an exciting opportunity to respond to a specific d...

1/23/2015 - Speculative Development Returns to Industrial Sector, Supported by Strong Demand

Robert Carr, National Real Estate Investor

For the national industrial market, 2014 brought with it the welcome return of speculative development. Going forward, experts say continued demand, and the lowest vacancy rate since the turn of the century, at 7.2 percent, will keep construction cranes busy.According to a 2015 forecast from commercial real estate services firm Avison Young, many U.S. cities are reporting a significant amount o...

1/15/2015 - Cincy Developers Beginning to Meet Demand

Brian J. Rogal, GlobeSt.com

​Construction of new industrial properties has begun again in the Cincinnati region and Douglas J. Swain of Opus Development Co. tells GlobeSt.com that the area is ready for it. "The market has been extremely tight down there and we've seen very little development until now." As reported in GlobeSt.com, Opus has just started two speculative industrial building...

1/14/2015 - Founders Properties Expands in Cincinnati

Keith Loria, Commercial Property Executive

​The Opus Group is developing two speculative industrial buildings totaling 800,000 square feet at Port Union Commerce Park in Cincinnati, on behalf of its owner, Founders Properties, L.L.C.Founders Properties had acquired two existing buildings and 46 acres at the site, and the two new buildings will be to the south of those presently standing. For the project, Opus Development Co., L.L.C. is ...

1/14/2015 - Opus Starts Construction of Two Specs

Brian J. Rogal, GlobeSt.com

The Opus Group has just started construction on two speculative industrial buildings at Port Union Commerce Park in Cincinnati's metro area. Founders Properties, LLC will own the buildings, which will sit on 46 acres and total more than 800,000-square-feet of space. The Minneapolis-based Founders recently bought the land, along with two other industrial buildings at the park in s...

1/14/2015 - New industrial buildings coming to Port Union Business Park

Chelsey Levingston, Journal-News

​Construction has started on two speculative industrial buildings at a business park near the intersection of Ohio 747 and Port Union Road, according to the construction contractor and property owner.The return of speculative construction, where the owner has yet to sign leases with a business occupant, is seen by experts as a sign of a resurgent economy because of the risk to fill the space.Af...

1/13/2015 - Port Union park getting 2 new industrial buildings

Bowdeya Tweh, Cincinnati Enquirer

The tight market for industrial real estate has spurred Minneapolis-based real estate companies to develop two new large industrial buildings at the West Chester Township and Fairfield border. The Opus Group said Tuesday it has started construction on two industrial buildings for as-of-yet unsecured tenants at the Port Union Commerce Park. The buildings will total more than 800,000 square ...

12/31/2014 - EXCLUSIVE: Opus Group building 2 huge spec warehouse

Tom Demeropolis, Cincinnati Business Courier

Opus Group is getting ready to build not one, but two huge industrial buildings in West Chester and Fairfield.Opus Group, a Minneapolis-headquartered family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies, will develop and build a 260,000-square-foot industrial building and a nearly 548,000-square-foot industrial building at Port Union Commerce Park.Andy Finn, vice...

11/24/2014 - EXCLUSIVE: Out-of-town investor pays $22M for insurer's local office

Tom Demeropolis, Cincinnati Business Courier

A Los Angeles-based real estate investment company purchased a Deerfield Township office building for more than $22 million.An affiliate of Griffin Capital Corp. purchased the 213,000-square-foot building from an affiliate of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for $22.5 million, or about $105 per square foot. Anthem is the only tenant in the building, located at 4361 Irwin Si...

11/18/2014 - Opus sells its interest in Nic on Fifth ownership

Adam Voge, Finance & Commerce

The Minnetonka-based Opus Group has sold its interest in the entity that controls the 253-unit Nic on Fifth apartment tower in downtown Minneapolis, Opus confirmed Tuesday.Opus has sold its stake in Nicollet Residences LLC, the Minnetonka-based company with the same address as both Opus and Founders Properties, Opus Development Co. President Dave Menke confirmed in a wr...

9/26/2014 - Rauenhorst/Schulze fund starts on third fund

Sam Black, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Founders Properties has started raising money for its third fund.Minnetonka-based Founders, which has close ties to developer The Opus Group, started raising $80 million for its next fund this month, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The fund will target stable industrial and office properties that carry leases with tenants lasting five to 10 years, said...

9/22/2014 - Investor buys West Chester, Fairfield properties for $42 million

Tom Demeropolis, Cincinnati Business Courier

DCT Industrial Trust Inc. sold two large industrial buildings and about 46 acres of land to an out-of-town privately held company for more than $42 million.Founders Properties LLC, a Minneapolis-based company that provides acquisition, financing, asset management and investment services for high-net-worth investors, purchased 4300 Port Union Road and 4260 Port Union Road through its Founde...

5/23/2014 - UnitedHealth Buys Minnetonka HQ Building for $53M

Sam Black, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

​UnitedHealth Group Inc. acquired its Minnetonka headquarters building for $53 million. United HealthCare Services Inc. bought the building, at 9900 Bren Road, from 9900 Bren Road LLC, an entity managed by Minnetonka-based Founders Properties, according to a certificate of real estate value filed with Hennepin County. The deal also included a parking structure and 20 acres. Founders Propertie...

4/29/2014 - Cocktail Confessions – Volume 9 Featuring Wade Lau

Jerry Anderson, NAIOP Pulse

Welcome to the next installment of Cocktail Confessions where we track down industry movers and shakers, sometimes bribe them with cocktails and get their take on the topics of the day. In this installment, we are pleased to feature Wade Lau from Founders Properties. Wade Lau President & CEO Founders Properties As our industry has picked up from a dismal few years, is there one lesson tha...

3/21/2014 - Rockwell Sale Makes For Triple-Net Hat Trick

Sean Ryan, Milwaukee Business Journal

​The March 13 sale of Rockwell Automation’s Mequon building marks the third Milwaukee-area purchase of a leased building this month by a Minnesota-based Founders Properties LLC investment fund. Founders earlier this month bought an Oak Creek building leased to Independence Corrugated LLC, and a Glendale building is leased to Forrer Business Interiors. The three deals total about a $45 million ...

3/19/2014 - Firm Owned by Founders of Best Buy and Opus Group Buys Up Milwaukee Real Estate

Sean Ryan, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

​A real estate investment fund created by Minnetonka-based Founders Properties LLC bought three Milwaukee-area buildings, according to state records. Founders Properties is owned by Best BuyCo. Inc. founder Richard Schulze and Opus Group founder Gerald Rauenhorst, who no longer has financial ties to Minnetonka-based Opus. Founders Properties paid $32.37 million for a 560,000-square-foot build...

3/18/2014 - Mequon Building Leased To Rockwell Automation Sold For $32.4 Million

Sean Ryan, Milwaukee Business Journal

A Mequon building leased to Rockwell Automation sold for $32.37 million to a real estate investment fund created by Minnesota-based Founders Properties LLC, according to state records. The 560,000-square-foot Mequon building is at 6400 Enterprise Drive. It is the third the Founders Properties investment fund bought in the Milwaukee area this month. Earlier in March, it paid a combined $12.7 mi...

12/30/2013 - CBRE Announces Sale of Farmers Insurance National Property Claims Facility in Olathe

Kansas City Star

CBRE announces the sale of 10551 South Ridgeview Road totaling 102,035 square feet and located in Olathe, Kansas to Griffin Capital Corporation for $19,100,000. The Farmers Insurance National Property Claims Facility is a Class A, two-story office building located in the Corporate Ridge Office Park in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe, and is 100% leased to Farmers Insurance Exchange (S&P R...