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Meriwether Partners LLC Buys a 242,000-square-foot Office Building in Salem, Oregon

SEATTLE, May 20, 2005 – An investor group led by Meriwether Partners has acquired the 242,000-square-foot Capitol City Business Center located in Salem, Oregon. The purchase price was $11,550,000. The seller, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company® was represented by Marc Renard and Tom Usher of Cushman & Wakefield.

Capitol City Business Center, formerly known as State Farm’s Salem Operations Center, is a single-story corporate campus that consists of 211,000 square feet of office, 31,000 square feet of warehouse space and 29.5 acres of land. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company® will leaseback approximately 130,000 square feet on a short-term lease basis with the balance of the building available for lease.

“The acquisition of the Capitol City Business Center reflects our continued effort to find value-added investment opportunities in the Pacific Northwest,” said Robert Briscoe, principal at Meriwether Partners. “Given the excellent condition of the building, the strength of the Salem-area workforce, and the fact that it’s the largest contiguous block of single-story office space in the Northwest, we are optimistic about re-leasing the building.”

The new owner has hired Salem-based Curt Arthur of Mountain West Coldwell Banker Commercial to lease the facility. The property will be managed by the Portland office of GVA Kidder Mathews.

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Meriwether Partners is a real estate investment firm with offices in Seattle and Portland.  We form partnerships to acquire and manage real estate investments on behalf of the Meriwether principals, high-net worth individuals, family offices, and institutions.

Meriwether was founded in 2002 by Joel Aslanian and Robert Briscoe who have worked together since 1998.  The company has acquired more than 2 million square feet of commercial real estate at a cost of over $250 million.

The firm’s primary investment focus is in the Seattle and Portland metropolitan areas. Meriwether invests in properties that are well-located with sound physical and economic fundamentals; properties that have the ability to generate attractive levels of distributable cash; and properties to which we can add value by executing recapitalization or repositioning strategies.

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