The Ruthvens are the best Leasing Company in the industry. Their level of professionalism will far surpasses your exceptions! They actually care about their lease holders and are quick to take care of any issues weather big or small! My father always said “I’m easily satisfied with the best” well – the Ruthven’s are the best in the industry and I am very satisfied with everything they do!
Michael J. Lucas
Composites One LLC
South Region Operations Manager
It is with great pleasure that I recommend The Ruthvens for a build to suit facility. I have worked with Joe L. and Greg Ruthven since the late 1990’s in regards to two different buildings. The first was a multi-tenant facility that we eventually grew out of into our newest facility built in 2004. A 75,000 square foot tilt wall building that is second to none in both construction and functionality. Being involved in several build to suits across the country I’ve found the Ruthven’s experience to be highly interactive and well planned which essentially brought our CO on time and complete. Thank you for a job well done!
Graham Packaging, Co. Inc.
I personally, on behalf of Graham Packaging Co, Inc., a global manufacturing company, have had business relations with The Ruthvens’ organization since 1999. From 1999 until 2007 Graham leased a manufacturing and warehousing facility of approximately 60M square feet. Upon growth of our business in 2007, The Ruthvens worked closely with Graham Packaging to locate a new building.
The Ruthvens subsequently purchased, refurbished, and updated the building on a very timely basis, then designed a contractually-favorable lease agreement that made our move most beneficial.
During our entire relationship The Ruthvens have been responsive to our various buildings and grounds maintenance requests and have been an effective business partner for our needs.
Keymark Corporation is a manufacturing facility with production lines that extrude aluminum ingots into finished products. We contracted with The Ruthvens in 1998 to build us a 96,000 square foot plant (2540 Knights Station) for our manufacturing needs. We had a very challenging building schedule to complete construction in time to meet customer commitments. The Ruthvens did an excellent job getting our design completed, working with their City of Lakeland contacts on permitting and utility needs, and managing a construction team to complete this project on an expedited basis.
In 2000, we contracted with The Ruthvens again to add an additional 40,000 square feet to the existing building to add a paint line and other additional manufacturing capabilities. Again, The Ruthvens and their contractors met all our commitments on this addition in a timely manner while we continued to manufacture product in our existing facility.
More recently, in 2009/10 we needed to expand again, but there was no space to do so at our existing facility. This time, The Ruthvens worked with us to relocate two of their existing tenants to other Ruthven warehouse so that we could expand across our truck court into an adjacent building (2520 Knights Station). This creative thinking on their part allowed us to add an additional 65,600 sf of space for another production line and also provided us with a much larger fenced in outside laydown yard.
As noted above, The Ruthvens, are great partners, are very supportive of their tenants, and have great connections with City of Lakeland officials to help a business like our complete build outs in a timely and cost effective manner. We would highly recommend them to other businesses considering locating or expanding in the Lakeland area.
Steve Wasko, MaxPak & Greg Ruthven