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Why Small Businesses Should Rent Their Commercial Property

When it comes time to find a space for your business, it can be overwhelming. There are so many important considerations that go into finding the right commercial warehousing space, it can be difficult to know where to start. Often, one of the most consequential choices is whether buying or leasing commercial property is the […]

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Founder of The Ruthvens warehouse business started small, building large

Here is the link to the article published in The Ledger https://goo.gl/UKvD18 or read it below. LAKELAND — Joe P. Ruthven had been telling his children he’d retire when he turned 90, but now he’s thinking 100 would be a better age. At 90 years and 1 month old, he walks two to three miles several times […]

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Using a Warehouse for Food Storage? These 3 Tips Might Make the Difference Between Success and Failure

Approximately 166,907 people work in the storage and warehousing industry, storing and distributing goods ranging from toys to steel. Each item you store presents its own challenges, but perhaps none are more difficult than food items. That’s because food has a much narrower temperature range and is subjected to much stricter regulations than most other […]

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Renting a Warehouse for E-Commerce Business? Read This First

Whether you own a distribution warehouse space or you are a retailer suddenly branching into the world of online sale, e-commerce is a very big deal. In fact, it is projected to expand at a rate of 10% over the next five years which is very exciting for all involved in the industry. But before […]

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The Ruthvens welcome Dispenser Packaging! New Distribution Facility and Research & Development Center

Dispenser Packaging Opens New Distribution Facility and R&D Center at Ruthven Air Park in Lakeland, FL We are pleased to announce the opening of Dispenser Packaging New Distribution and R&D Center. The new Distribution Facility is designed to warehouse up to 20 truckloads of plastic dispense bottles and fitments allowing  just in time SERVICE. The new facility will enhance QUALITY by […]

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Commercial Leasing 101

As a business owner you can look at a commercial lease in a similar way to renting an apartment. You want a place that has the space, is in your budget, and has a “landlord” that is accommodating and good to work with! With E-commerce expected to grow, at a compounded annual average rate of […]

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Buying vs. Renting a Warehouse: Which is Best for You?

An estimated 166,907 people are employed by the U.S. storage and warehouse leasing industry, a field that grows every year with the rise of e-commerce. But when you’re on the lookout for a distribution warehouse space, you need to consider whether buying or renting a warehouse is going to fit your needs better. Whether you’re […]

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Benefits You can Reap From Warehouse Automation

Whether you’re leasing a warehouse or renting one, automation is going to be a key factor in your success there. The amount of occupied distribution and warehouse space has increased by approximately 86.2% since 2000, and automation is a big part of that. But how can automation benefit your commercial leases and the business being […]

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Industrial Warehouse Space: Why You Should Lease

Industrial warehouse space is extremely important if you’re working with heavy machinery or operating in the freight moving industry. In the U.S., approximately 166,907 men and women are currently working in the storage and warehouse leasing industry. Leasing commercial property, as opposed to owning an industrial warehouse, is great for your business. If you’re considering […]

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Lakeland Right Between #1 & #7 Cities Where Americans Are Moving

According to Forbes, Americans are on the move these days and they are not necessarily moving to the places you might think. Florida has 3 of the top 10 cities Americans are moving to, Orlando #7, Jacksonville #2 and Tampa #1. Lakeland is strategically located directly in between Tampa and Orlando on the Interstate 4 […]

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Four Simple Tips to Help You Improve Warehouse Operation Efficiency

The amount of occupied warehousing and distribution space have increased by approximately 86.2% since 2000. If you’re one of the many people managing commercial warehousing, you’re probably aware of just how many small issues can crop up and throw a wrench in the whole operation. To help you nimbly avoid those wrenches and create a […]

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A Few Essential Things to Look for in Commercial Warehouse Space

E-commerce is expected to grow at an average rate of 10% over the next five years, which will create some monumental opportunities for both owners and developers of commercial warehousing. In addition, business owners will definitely be looking for more manufacturing warhouse space and distribution warehouse space as their sales increase. Whether you’re a business […]

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Amazon Turning to Merchants for Additional Warehouse Space

Amazon is now turning to merchants who sell items on its marketplace for additional commercial warehousing. Utilizing warehouse space like this is a more cost-effective way of increasing the amount of inventory available for delivery to customers. Under the Seller Fulfilled Prime program, the amount of inventory available for two-day shipping expanded vastly by almost […]

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Construction Update: Ruthven Airpark West – New Ground Level Buildings

  Our buildings on Anchuca Drive are moving along quickly! We expect the first two buildings at Ruthven AirPark West to be available for occupancy January 2017. These Ground Level Warehouses provide space that can be used for office, warehousing or light manufacturing. Units offer flexible space options and unit configurations and are only 3.3 miles […]

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A Few Mistakes to Avoid When Renting Commercial Real Estate

Since 2000, the amount of occupied distribution and warehouse space has seen an 86.2% increase. However, all of that commercial real estate development wasn’t done overnight. In order to begin renting commercial real estate, you need to do things by the book. In order to get that commercial warehouse you may want in the future, […]

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6th ANNUAL POLK REAL ESTATE & ECONOMIC UPDATE The Impact of Multigenerational Family Businesses

Tuesday November 15, 2016 8:00 am to 1:00 pm George W. Jenkins Field House $50, includes continental breakfast & lunch   Please consider joining us at the Florida Southern College Real Estate Conference on November 15th, 8 a.m. through lunch.This year’s theme is a focus on the economic impact of family businesses.   National Economic Update […]

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The Ruthvens announce 131,170-SF lease with Forward Air Solutions at Ruthven Parkway Center

The Ruthvens are pleased to announce Forward Air Solutions, a recognized leader in regional distribution transportation for over 25 years, has expanded into 131,170 square feet at Ruthven Parkway Center.  This distribution lease brings 2825 Drane Field Road at Ruthven Parkway Center to full occupancy. Ruthven Parkway Center, which includes a second building next door […]

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Lakeland ranks 16th in nation for “Best Places People Are Moving To” according to U.S. News & World Reports.

The Ruthvens have always known that Lakeland is one of the best places to live. It’s what we have built our business on! Centrally located right between Tampa and Orlando, we have the best of both worlds. Read more about it here in the U.S. News and World Report article.

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Tips to prepare your warehouse for Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew approaches Florida, here are a few tips to prepare your warehouse: If there is anything outside, move it inside if possible. If not, make sure it is secure. Close and lock all overhead and personnel doors. If you have a truck that you will be leaving in the parking lot, move it […]

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The Ruthvens adding 97,890 square feet near Lakeland Linder Airport

The Ruthvens are pleased to announce construction is underway for 97,890 square feet of industrial warehouse space in Ruthven Parkway Center at 2815 Drane Field Road. The second building at Ruthven Parkway Center will have 97,890 square feet of dock high warehouse space located one minute from the Polk Parkway (570) and 4 miles from […]

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A Short Guide for Businesses Looking to Lease Industrial Warehouse Space

Finding and leasing industrial warehouse space is a big step for any business, and should be treated as a serious decision. There’s a bit more to it than simply picking a space and setting up shop, though. Similar to purchasing or renting a house, leasing commercial warehouse space requires a decent amount of research before […]

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The Ruthvens receive Beautification Award from City of Lakeland!

The Ruthvens received the Commercial Beautification Award on July 5, 2016, at the City Commission meeting for our warehouse at 3150 County Line Road.  We are proud that our warehouse was selected to be highlighted by the City of Lakeland!

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Joe L. Ruthven recipient of Rotary Hall of Fame Award!

We are so proud of our own Joe L. Ruthven, VP of Operations and New Construction for The Ruthvens. He was the recipient of the Hall of Fame Award at The Lakeland Rotary Club meeting on June 21, 2016. Joe L. Ruthven has been with The Ruthvens for 16 years, prior to that he worked […]

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Congratulations to our friends at Port Tampa Bay for being recognized as America’s Port of the Year!

Port Tampa Bay’s recognition as America’s port of theyearshines a timely national spotlight on the entire region. This sends an excellent signal to the private sector as the port takes a bigger role in remaking the downtown Tampa waterfront and improving the local economy. Lloyds’ List, a publication for the maritime industry, named the port […]

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The Ruthvens founder, Joe P. Ruthven, featured in The Lakelander Business.

Have you picked up the latest copy of Lakelander Business? We are thrilled to have our founder, Joe P. Ruthven, profiled as a Lakeland Legend! Read his interview titled, “$100 Down” and learn how he got started.

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New Design, New Sign, New Building!

This is our new sign at our 131,170 sq. ft. building on Drane Field Road. We love the new design, new color scheme with red, beautiful landscaping, and light bars for maximum visibility at night. This could be your new address, Check it out!

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5300 Gateway Blvd – The walls are going up!

The process of putting the tilt wall panels in place started yesterday. Each of the 8-10 ton panels for the building has to be raised off the ground by a crane and put in the proper place. The Folsom construction crew has to precisely place each panel so that they all fit together. It’s a […]

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Greg Ruthven featured in the Business Observer

Read the complete article at: http://www.businessobserverfl.com/section/detail/open-window/

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The Ruthvens FAQ

1) Where is Lakeland, Florida located? Lakeland, Florida is conveniently located 30 miles from Tampa and 40 miles Orlando, making it a central hub right along the I-4 corridor. Lakeland offers easy access to I- 75, Polk Parkway (570), Florida Turnpike, U.S. Hwy 27, the Port of Tampa, and CSX rail hub. There are also […]

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Recent Lakeland Industrial Market Report Indicates Opportunity Exists for Finding a Warehouse to Rent

Now might be the perfect time for finding a warehouse to rent in the Lakeland, FL area, according to recent reports. Cushman and Wakefield, a leading global real estate services firm, recently released their Q1 “Industrial Snapshot” of the Lakeland-area market data. For those looking for industrial warehouse space, there appears to be an opportunity […]

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Commercial Warehousing Industry Shows Signs of Growth as Employment Rises

After the recent release of May employment numbers from the U.S. government, talk was somewhat doom-and-gloomy. Fortunately, there was one bright spot for those of us in the commercial warehousing industry. According to Joc.com, the report found that warehousing and storage businesses added approximately 3,000 jobs from April to May. That marks a 6.5% year-over-year […]

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Remember: the Key Word in Hyperloop Transportation is Hype.

If you spent any time on the Internet this week, then you may have heard or seen the first field test of the much-hyped Hyperloop Transportation Technology in the desert outside Las Vegas. The Propulsion Open Air Test of Hyperloop One drew fawning coverage from the media, reminding us all once again that you can’t […]

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3 Tips for Leasing a Warehouse

Leasing a warehouse can be a valuable and useful endeavor in commercial real estate development, distribution warehouse space, and for extra storage space. Overall, the industry for storage space and leasing a warehouse in the U.S. is worth an estimated $26 billion. Investment in commercial warehouse development has only been on the rise in recent years, too, with […]

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F-22 landing at Sun N Fun with new Ruthven warehouse in the background

F-22 Lands with Ruthven Warehouse in background. What a great shot of this F-22 landing at Sun N Fun with the new Ruthven warehouse in the background. One of the newest buildings in The Ruthven’s portfolio, 2825 Drane Field Road is located directly across the street from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, home of the Sun N […]

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Warehousing and You — There’s Never Been a Better Time to Hunt For Great Leasing Opportunities

When someone says “warehouse,” you probably think of a big, empty space indoors. But the industry surrounding the warehousing of items in America is anything but empty. In fact, it’s growing at a virtually unprecedented rate, which many are claiming they could have never seen coming. Even with the growing demand of our society for […]

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$100 Down – The Ruthvens founder, Joe P. Ruthven, featured in The Lakelander Business

We are thrilled to have our founder, Joe P. Ruthven, featured as a Lakeland Legend in the latest issue of  The Lakelander Business. Take a few minutes to read the article titled, “$100 Down” and learn how this entrepreneur got his start in Lakeland and built a successful business from the ground up. His motto, […]

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6 Important Factors to Consider Before Signing a Warehouse Lease

If you are in the process of finding a warehouse to rent for storage or distribution purposes, you are in good company. Almost every single product that is manufactured in the U.S., exported and imported in the U.S., or put into the retail market in the U.S. is stored in the warehouse at some point […]

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New Design, New Sign, New Building!

We are putting the finishing touches on our new 131,170 square foot building at 2825 Drane Field Road. We think it is spectacular! Take a look at some of the photos below and see for yourself. It just might be the perfect location for your business! This is our new sign at  Drane Field Road. We […]

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Demand for Industrial Warehouse Space On the Rise In Detroit

Although Detroit is known historically as one of America’s biggest warehousing and distribution cities, the economy has struggled greatly in recent years, leading to a lack of commercial real estate development. As all things in life tend to ebb and flow, that might be starting to change. New reports and information on the industrial warehouse […]

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Walls going up at 5300 Gateway Blvd.

The walls are going up! The process of putting the tilt wall panels in place started yesterday. Each of the 8-10 ton panels for the building has to be raised off the ground by a crane and put in the proper place. The Folsom construction crew has to precisely place each panel so that they […]

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E-Commerce Is Part of Central Florida’s Commercial Warehouse Boom

Technology and our use of technology is changing the face of retail as we know it. As consumers are leaning towards smartphone technologies and e-commerce retail sites such as Amazon and Walmart, retailers are looking to commercial warehousing and leasing commercial property to better compete in the retail market and provide a direct-to-consumer e-commerce sales […]

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Cultivate Your Business And Your Community, Rent A Warehouse

When it comes to economic development, leasing commercial real estate is a great way to cultivate your business. Whether you’re leasing commercial property to manufacture goods or you are looking for an industrial warehouse space to help facilitate freight transportation, finding a warehouse to rent is crucial and people are catching on quickly. Why it’s […]

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Top Three Reasons Why You Should Work With Family Run Warehousing Specialists

Commercial warehouse development is on the rise, and there has also been an increase in speculative construction. For example, more than half — 62% — of the 59 million square feet under construction by the end of third quarter in 2013 was being constructed without signed tenants. Currently, the U.S. storage and commercial warehousing industry […]

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How to Find a Commercial Landlord You Can Trust: Three Things to Keep in Mind

The U.S. storage and warehouse leasing industry is booming, and is worth an estimated $26 billion. This is highlighted by the fact that in 2014, U.S. markets absorbed a total of 70.2 million square feet of office space, marking the highest demand since 2006. In addition, retailers both on and offline will require a combined […]

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Why Should Warehouses Use T8 Lighting?

The type of lighting used in commercial warehouses is highly critical because it affects so many different operations components. It’s not just a matter of “lights on” or “lights off”, especially when you take into account the amount of energy that commercial buildings consume each year. Electric lighting devours almost 40% of all the energy […]

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Meet Our Tenants: Who is OMNIA, INC.?

Chances are, you’ve never heard of Omnia, Inc. until now. That does not mean, however, their products and services haven’t impacted your life at some point, even without you being aware of it. As a matter of fact, it is safe to assume that more people have utilized Omnia, Inc.’s American made cotton products than […]

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Meet Our Tenants: Who is Roadtex Transportation?

If you’ve ever wondered where the candy you purchase from your local drugstore derives from originially, there’s a good chance Roadtex had something to do with it. Thanks to Roadtex’s superior transportation services, distributing time and temperature sensitive products is possible for multiple industries – confectionary, food & grocery, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and retail & mass […]

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What Should You Look for in a Loading Dock?

When you’re not familiar with all the words associated with warehouses and the logistics-related lingo, it can make the selection process that much more complicated. Fortunately, when it comes to differentiating between the various traits of loading docks, The Ruthvens have done most of the legwork for you. Due to years of experience in the […]

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Meet Our Tenants: Smokin’ Aces BBQ

Very few things beat the sweet smell and succulent taste of smoky barbecue. And down here in the southern states, we take the grillin’ game pretty seriously. We take great pride in what constitutes as plate worthy barbecue, which is why The Ruthvens are especially proud to have Smokin’ Aces BBQ on board as tenants. […]

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How Are We Making Lakeland, Florida More Flexible?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could satisfy all of your supply chain needs with one versatile space? Good news – this building option is available, and can provide your business with the flexibility features desired for now, and for the future. This particular type of commercial space is known as a flex building, explicably […]

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Meet Our Tenants: Who is Stryker?

Ever since this family-owned operation took shape over 50 years ago, the importance of establishing positive tenant relationships has remained a primary business principle. The relationships we build with our tenants are just as important as the structural warehouses we build. The Ruthvens take great pride in the reputation that the Lakeland community and Central […]

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What Type of Construction is Used to Build Better Commercial Warehouses?

Regardless of inventory volume or type, all businesses utilizing commercial warehouse space care about the same thing – protecting goods. Essentially, the real value of a company’s supply chain lies within the commercial warehouse. Securing and maintaining this value depends heavily on the construction of the building. The question is, however – What makes commercial […]

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What are Your Warehouse Racking Options?

If you have ever revamped your garage by adding shelving space or reorganized your closet to be more efficient, then you know firsthand how important storage methods can be. It’s amazing how you can optimize even the smallest and most cluttered spaces to be functional. Not to mention, when items are stored properly, you don’t […]

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How Do You Choose a Warehouse Location?

It does not matter if your business is well established or a brand new start-up. Commercial warehouse space can be used for a variety of reasons and can offer a number of benefits to your company. However, before you start obtaining quotes and lease information, you must first determine where the best place is for […]

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What’s the Difference Between the Various Types of Warehouses?

When you realize the need for additional storage space for your business, an obvious solution is a warehouse, or in some cases, multiple warehouses. If you have never utilized this type of facility before, it might surprise you that there are a number of different types of warehouses to choose from. Ultimately, the type of […]

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How Much Warehouse Space Do You Need?

If you’re a small business owner, an entrepreneur, investor, logistics manager, distributor, or simply someone that is need of thousands of square feet for storage purposes, then The Ruthvens could be the solution to your problem. The problem being of course that you need a large amount of square footage in order to complete your […]

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