Bed supplier comes to rest on Chapala

Santa Barbara-based Ergomotion, a fast-growing supplier in the adjustable bed industry, will move the lion’s share of its operations from existing spaces in what brokers are calling the largest commercial lease in Santa Barbara so far in 2012.
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Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in Monday’s announcement of the deal.

The nearly 40-person business has outgrown its existing spaces at 19 E. Ortega St. and 118 E. Ortega St. and will soon expand into nearly 10,000 square feet at 203 Chapala St., according to Katie Cauzillo, Ergomotion’s marketing director.

Ms. Cauzillo said the company’s owners were eager to remain in downtown Santa Barbara with this expansion.

“Half the team is going there,” said Ms. Cauzillo, adding that the company’s executive and administrative staff will continue to occupy space at 19 E. Ortega St.

Offering a combination of private offices, open floor plans and warehouse space, the new location will house several departments including R&D, marketing, customer service and parts distribution. Ergomotion is expected to begin operations in the new space before the end of the month.

Christos Celmayster of Hayes Commercial Group represented Ergomotion in the sublease transaction, while Kristopher Roth and Liam Murphy, also of Hayes Commercial, represented the sublessor.

“Ergomotion is in an exciting phase of rapid growth,” Mr. Celmayster said. “They needed both more space and different types of space to suit the various aspects of the business, and 203 Chapala offered the versatility they were looking for while allowing them to remain downtown.”

Typically, when Santa Barbara companies reach a certain size they often move to Goleta or Carpinteria where larger spaces are easier to find and less pricey, according to the brokers.

Founded by Alain Clenet and his son Kelly Clenet, Ergomotion designs and manufactures adjustable bases. In addition to Internet marketing, the company has forged partnerships with large mattress manufacturers, such as Serta. According to the company, year-over-year sales increased 400 percent in 2011.

Ms. Cauzillo said the workforce also is growing at a good clip, increasing from 22 employees to 39 in the space of the past year.

“We’re right near the Amtrak station, so there’s still that urban buzz,” Ms. Cauzillo said. “We can walk out the front door and see the water, which is also a nice amenity.”

Most of the team lives in Santa Barbara and staying downtown ensures a short commute to jobs.

“A bunch of us bike or walk to work,” Ms. Cauzillo said