By KATHY DAY
EVERETT — Trader Publishing Co. announced Friday that its Northwest division will move to the Quadrant I-5 Corporate Park in south Everett.
The company, which publishes nine magazines including Auto Trader and RV Trader, expects to be in its new facility by March 1, said spokeswoman Sharon Cuzner. The division serves Washington, Alaska and Idaho.
More than 75 employees will make the move from north Seattle to the new 9,296-square-foot facility. The company signed a five-year lease in the complex that is home to Premera Blue Cross, Reid Middleton, State Farm and the American Cancer Society.
One attraction for the new location is that it "provides an expanded and favorable labor pool," said general manager Scott Spears.
Of the company’s 10 supervisors, eight live in Snohomish County, Cuzner said.
Safety of its workers, many of whom are part-timers on afternoon and evening schedules, is one reason Trader Publishing picked Quadrant Center, she added.
"We have a lot of spillover crime where we are now on Aurora Avenue" in Seattle, she said.
The south Everett site will open up opportunities to draw employees from communities like Bothell and Redmond as well as to the north.
One minor difficulty Cuzner hopes can be overcome by the move-in date is a likely delay in installation of high-speed data lines. She said they’ve been told that it will take six months, so the pressure is on the company to find a way "to patch together some options."
"Moving data is critical to our production," she added.
Brokers Larry Blackett and Chris Moe of Kidder, Mathews & Segner represented Quadrant in the transaction, and Todd Battison of Trammell Crow represented the publishing company.
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