WHITE CITY — Pro Weld Inc. breaks ground Monday on a $1.2 million, 12,800-square-foot manufacturing plant on 2.4 acres at 1316 Avenue G, that will allow the company to triple its output over the next three years.
Pro Weld and its former subsidiary Iron Horse BBQ Inc. have been housed in a 2,400-square-foot site on Antelope Road for the past decade.
Vice President Penny Oberlander said she and her husband, Jim, hope to expand payroll to more than 30 people once the project is completed. Pro Weld and Iron Horse, presently employing 12, produced just over $1 million in revenue last year.
The Oberlanders purchased the property from Burrill Resources Inc. for $184,102 in April 2005 and secured a construction package earlier this month that included help from the Small Business Administration and CIT Small Business Lending Corporation. Bank of the Cascades, Southern Regional Economic Development Inc. and Jackson County Urban Renewal have also aided the company's growth.
Hoppes Construction & Millworks Inc. of Eagle Point is erecting the 80-foot by 120-foot pre-engineered steel building that will include a two-story office overlooking the fabrication areas. The facility will contain eight 20-foot bays and feature two five-ton cranes and enable both Pro Weld Inc. and Iron Horse BBQ Inc. to pursue large-scale projects.
"After 13 years of cultivating, stabilizing and growing our business, we are thrilled to see our desire for a new facility being fulfilled," Jim Oberlander said.
The Oberlanders received the Oregon State University Austin Family Business 2005 Excellence in Family Business Award.
MEDFORD — Chang Mao Qui and Liao Hong Li have opened Sin Hong's restaurant at 2555 W. Main St.
Featuring Chinese cuisine, the restaurant's hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.
For orders of more than $20, Sin Hong offers free delivery within three miles.
The phone number is 779-2603.
CENTRAL POINT — Rich Siegfried has opened Pacific Coast Pest Control, providing service in the Rogue Valley and surrounding areas.
Siegfried has more than 16 years experience in the industry. In 2004 he was certified through Purdue University's entomology department for urban and industrial integrated pest management in 2004 and added termites and other wood-destroying pest endorsement in 2005. He began doing ornamental pest control in 1990 and incorporated structural pest control in 1995.
Pacific Coast Pest Control handles termites, carpenter ants, spiders, wasps, rodents, live animal trapping and dead animal removal. It also does weed control in lawns, shrub beds, fence lines and open spaces.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the phone number is 842-4288. The fax number is 664-3411.
Compiled from staff reports