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'Economic gardening' center opens

Part of 490,000-square-foot facility

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Alex T. Paschal/
A ribbon cutting was held Thursday morning for Sterling Centers Inc., a warehousing, storage and office space facility recently renovated in downtown Sterling.
(Alex T. Paschal/
Sterling Centers General Manager Doug Wiersema announces the opening of the downtown Sterling facility recently renovated to offer warehousing, storage and office space.

STERLING – Local business startups now have a place to go, besides a garage or a spare room.

Sterling Centers, 301 W. Third St., opened Thursday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony that included Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, Sterling Mayor Skip Lee and representatives from the Sterling and Rock Falls chambers of commerce and other business leaders in the area.

Sterling Centers General Manager Doug Wiersema said the facility, because of its size, will not only allow for businesses to have an office, but also offer space for build-outs and some manufacturing. He said he's had serious discussions with some businesses, but none confirmed to locate there.

"We also strongly support the concept of economic gardening," Wiersema said. "That's a philosophy of growing from within a community."

The offices can be equipped to meet the specifications needed by the business, and rent will start at approximately $1 per square foot, depending on lease terms, Wiersema said.

The Sterling Centers, Wiersema said, hasn't received any government funds.

Down to business

Need space for an existing business? Want to pitch a new business and get it off the ground?

Contact Doug Wiersema, general manager of Sterling Centers, at or 815-441-3916.

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