Portland, ME-based outdoor and lifestyle brand Flowfold has announced the acquisition of a 7,500-square-foot, multi-tenant industrial building in Gorham, ME.
The building purchase, made by Flowfold Real Estate LLC and officially closed on October 2, marks a transformative event for the Maine company. Flowfold will be upgrading from roughly 1,300 square feet of office space to 3,000 square feet of open production space perfectly suited for manufacturing, product storage and an open office layout.
“This is the future of Flowfold,” said James Morin, co-owner of Flowfold. “This is going to be where we take Flowfold to the next level. Where we really put Flowfold on the map.”
Flowfold, which recently received national attention for its new co-lab collection with L.L.Bean, says that the new space is the result of consistent, year-over-year growth. “We’ve seen growth in all of our channels. From flowfold.com, to small retail, even to rapid expansion internationally, specifically in Japan and South Korea” Morin said. “We couldn’t scale at our current location. We need more equipment, and we need more people, and we needed more space to fit it all.”
Renovations are underway, and in true Flowfold fashion, the team is getting in on the action themselves. “We’ve gotten to this point through grit and hard work,” Morin said. “And that doesn’t stop now just because our address changes. We’ll be in there nights and weekends doing as much of the work ourselves as possible. That’s always been the Flowfold way. This is our new home, and it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get our hands a little dirty.”
Justin Lamontagne of NAI The Dunham Group assisted in Flowfold’s site search and brokered the sale of the property. Flowfold hopes to move into its new headquarters sometime this November and will be working with several local companies throughout the process. Joe Hemes, HEMESphere Design LLC, will be doing the architectural work, and Stephanie Brock with Re-Thread will be making recommendations on office layout and creating an innovative and collaborative work environment.
“We want to create the most sustainable, durable and functional gear on the planet,” Morin said. “We’re that serious about our products, and we’re that serious about this location. It’s going to be beautiful.”