Pomegranate Communications leaving Petaluma

Arts publisher Pomegranate Communications, a Petaluma company with about 30 employees, is leaving Sonoma County after more than a quarter century and moving to Portland.

The company, which produces art books, calendars and other products, was drawn to Oregon by the prospect of lower rents and an attractive, urban environment.

The new facility, located about 10 minutes from the Portland International Airport, will be roughly the same size as Pomegranate's current space, but the 10-year lease will cost about 45 percent less.

"We're saving a lot of money," said co-owner Katie Burke.

Burke and her husband, founder Thomas Burke, love Portland and wanted to relocate to a more urban environment that could offer 84,000 square feet of warehouse and office space at affordable rates.

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