Klukwan Inc. moving to Haines

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Klukwan Inc., the village corporation for Klukwan, a village near Haines, has decided to move its headquarters from Juneau to Haines, company officials said.

"We own our own office building in Juneau, we own an office building in Haines and looking at our current corporate needs we decided we didn't need the space in Juneau," said Tom Crandall, president of the corporation.

Klukwan Inc. will try to sell its Juneau building, on Jordan Avenue in the Juneau Airport area. The move announcement was made last week.

Of the five employees of Klukwan Inc.'s corporate headquarters, only Crandall will move to Haines. Other employees were offered jobs in Haines but declined, he said.

Klukwan Inc. operates the Portage Cove Development Co., which conducts business as Chilkat Cruise and Tours in Haines; KPly Inc., a plywood manufacturer in Port Angeles, Wash.; Atlas, Alaska Inc., an explosives company with offices in Anchorage and Ketchikan and its subsidiary, Emrick & Hill, based in Denver; and the Alaska-based Tinaa Construction Co.

The corporation has about 325 shareholders.

Moving to Haines will present some challenges to the company, as well as benefits, such as access to the mainland road system, Crandall said.

Klukwan Inc.'s board of directors voted for the move at a May 17 board meeting as a way to cut overhead costs for the corporation. Klukwan Inc. has been in Juneau for 17 years, and at one time employed about 30 people here. Until the mid-1990s, most of the corporation's money came from logging.

Crandall said he will hire one person in Haines to help with office administration.

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