A Pine Island contractor’s real estate deal opens the floodgates for a move to a larger Rochester facility.

American Waterworks, a longtime Pine Island basement waterproofing and foundation contractor, purchased Rochester’s former Pepsi-Cola Bottling facility on Wednesday.

The company plans to moves its headquarters and about 125 employees from Pine Island to the 116,765-square-foot complex at 1307 Valleyhigh Drive NW, according to American Waterworks Vice President Tom Webbles.

The building is near Colonial Lanes Bowling Alley and Ability Building Center.

The deal concluded about a year’s worth of work of looking at properties and calculating the possibilities of building a new site.

Webbles said a five- to six-month renovation project is planned to upgrade the offices in the complex, left empty when the Gillette bottling company moved to a new south Rochester facility.

“We’re in desperate need of space,” Webbles said. “The building is too good of a fit for us to pass up.”

The plan is to eventually either lease out or sell American Waterworks’ site in Pine Island, added Webbles.

American Waterworks is owned by Steve Breland, who launched it in 1997.

Biz buzz

In a $9 million move, Mayo Clinic is downloading at least a portion of its information technology department from downtown to the northwest quadrant of the city.

Mayo Clinic filed a building permit last week with the city for “Relocation of IT from Graham Building to 41st Street Building.” The job value is listed as $9 million.

While Mayo Clinic didn’t respond to questions about the project on Friday, it looks like the plan is to move the IT team from the Graham Building at 425 Third Ave. SW to the 41st Street Professional Campus buildings at 3055 41st Street NW.

The 41st Street building was recently used as “a training and command center” for Mayo’s more than $1 billion electronic medical records transition to Epic Systems.

Mayo Clinic positioned itself for this step in September 2016, when it paid $10 million for all three connected 41st Street Professional Campus buildings. The complex is known locally as the “IBM White Buildings.”

Mayo bought the 435,000-square-foot complex from New York Life Insurance Co.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips or questions to jkiger@postbulletin.com or call 507-285-7798.

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