The Opus Group® and Hillcrest Development LLLP Announce Completion of North Star Sheets Building at Southeast Industrial Park


​The Opus Group (Opus) announces the completion of the North Star Sheets building at Southeast Industrial Park in collaboration with Hillcrest Development LLLP (Hillcrest). The 161,000-square-foot, rail-served building sits on 16 acres and will be occupied entirely by North Star Sheets, a producer of corrugated paper products for manufacturing needs.

“We're pleased to welcome North Star Sheets to the Southeast Industrial Park," said Phil Cattanach, senior director, Opus Development Company, L.L.C. “The collaboration with Hillcrest and the City of Cottage Grove was critical to ensure that North Star Sheets was fully operational in just seven months."

This build-to-suit project broke ground in March 2018 and is the first building in a multiphase 38-acre rail-served industrial development in Cottage Grove. The development is located just south of US Highway 61, offering easy access to major freeway systems. 

“North Star Sheets is glad to be an addition to the community," said, Paul Smith, general manager, North Star Sheets. “The investment in the state-of-the-art equipment and the site will provide employment opportunities into the future. We're currently providing about 50 jobs onsite and are already looking to expand our workforce."

The site was certified as shovel-ready by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), allowing North Star Sheets to resolve time-consuming hurdles well in advance of breaking ground. Additionally, in order to meet the tight project timeline, the City of Cottage Grove collaborated with Opus and the project team to ensure North Star Sheets would have the ability to install critical equipment needed for its operations during building construction. Opus' ability to accommodate these needs while maintaining high safety standards allowed for a much faster and smoother transition for operations to commence upon the building's completion.

“We appreciate the cohesiveness and high-level of competence of the entire team in completing Phase 1 of the development of Southeast Industrial Park," said Scott Tankenoff, managing partner, Hillcrest Development. “Specifically, the City of Cottage Grove showed leadership and ability to make decisions every step of the way."

“The investment that Hillcrest Development has made in establishing the Southeast Industrial Park has been wonderful for the City of Cottage Grove. Hillcrest Development's investment in the City of Cottage Grove has resulted in a great partnership with The Opus Group and brought North Star Sheets to our community," said Myron Bailey, Mayor, Cottage Grove. “I look forward to seeing what's next for the Southeast Industrial Park and cannot say enough great things about the work Hillcrest and Opus have done in Cottage Grove. They have a collaborative approach to development that produces successful projects."

An additional 24 acres is available, which Hillcrest owns, offering 300,000-350,000 square feet for future development. Hillcrest has retained Eric Rossbach of Colliers International to market the site; all inquiries can be directed to Eric Rossbach at 952.897.7872 or

Opus Development Company, L.L.C. is the developer, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. is the design-builder and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. is the architect and structural engineer of record. Hillcrest Development LLLP is the owner of the site. 

About The Opus Group

The Opus Group® is a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country. Opus operates as an integrated, multidisciplinary team with expertise in development, capital markets and finance; project management and construction; architecture, engineering and interior design. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and its operating subsidiaries: Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. Specializing in industrial, office, residential, retail, healthcare and institutional projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget. For more information, visit and follow @TheOpusGroup on Twitter.

About Hillcrest Development, LLLP

Hillcrest Development, LLLP was founded in 1948 and is a third generation company specializing in commercial renovation to suit our clients' facility needs for office, hi-tech, biotechnology-medical research, light assembly, warehousing, manufacturing, and other commercial purposes. For more information, visit