Real Facilities Inc.

Real Facilities Inc.

November 13, 2006 12:00 ET

Crownhill Packaging Ltd. Consolidates Operations into One Location with Help from Real Facilities

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 13, 2006) - Crownhill Packaging Ltd., (www.crownhillpackaging.com) the largest independently owned packaging distribution company in Canada, has seamlessly relocated its Mississauga, Ontario operations with the help of Real Facilities.

Founded in 1986 as a one-man operation, the company has grown to employ 65 people and become an ISO accredited multi-million dollar operation. Because of its strong growth over the past two decades, Crownhill Packaging found itself requiring more floor space in a hurry.

"Our biggest asset aside from our people is space. The bigger we get as a company the more space we require," says John Ponzo, founder and president, Crownhill Packaging Ltd. "With our leases simultaneously expiring at three separate facilities, it made financial and operational sense to consolidate our operations in one location. Paramount though is that we needed expert help in finding the right solution. We are in the business of packaging, not real estate."

With the help of Toronto-based Real Facilities Inc., Crownhill Packaging signed a deal with Metrus Properties Ltd. to lease a custom-built 208,000 square foot state-of-the art facility located on 10.77 acres on the northeastern edge of Brampton. Not only does this facility provide the much needed space, it brings with it improved efficiencies, a streamlining of operations along with further space assets, and provisions for almost unlimited expansion. It is also near to the city's main highways and close to Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

"We differentiate ourselves in the way we go to market, so it made sense to partner with Real Facilities since they go to market very differently than traditional real-estate brokers," adds Ponzo. "We knew these professionals were right up our alley from beginning to end. They handled all the negotiations, managed the builders, and got us settled when it was time to make the big move. It was simple, allowing us to focus on our core business".

As pioneers in corrugated packaging, Crownhill Packaging Ltd. specializes in a wide range of customized products and services, providing "on demand" custom packaging materials to companies across Canada to meet all of their handling and size requirements.

"Unique companies such as Crownhill Packaging have unique real estate needs," says Stan Krawitz, president, Real Facilities. "We pride ourselves on our ability to go beyond the role of a traditional broker by representing the tenant and translating all of its specific requirements into the right solution."

About Real Facilities Inc.

Real Facilities Inc. (www.realfacilities.com) is a Toronto-based, employee-owned, group of corporate real estate professionals representing the best interests of corporate space users. Other service providers represent both landlords and tenants, buyers and sellers, and create a marked conflict of interest. Real Facilities represents its clients only. Real Facilities' process delivers tangible cost savings and productivity increases for its clients before, during, and following a move.

Real Facilities is proud to include companies such as LCBO, KIA Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, National Bank of Canada, Trillium Health Centre, Ombudsman Ontario, and VISION TV as its clients.

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