Combined, these companies are seeking more than 100 acres ofland and 600,000 sf of buildings. Better yet, they're looking toclose deals soon in order to be operating by late 2001 or early2002.

The names of the companies are kept off the email alerts sentout by conomic development officials, and brokers or propertyowners submit offers based on what detail is provided. That detailpoints to a lot of activity in the coming months, despite theeconomic slowdown.

In the most recent alert, sent out Tuesday afternoon, a lightmanufacturing company is seeking at least 10 acres and as much as20 acres within 100 miles of Portland for development of a50,000-sf to 60,000-sf manufacturing facility with 22-footceilings, and 4,000- to 6,000-sf of office. The company says it iswilling to purchase an existing building or build on green land,but wants to decide on a location by August and be operational nolater than March 2002.

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