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Prineville mill announces $3 million upgrade

By KTVZ.COM news sources
Published On: Jun 21 2013 04:58:12 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 11:52:09 PM CDT

NewsChannel 21's Kandra Kent spoke with residents and economic leaders about what the future expansion of Woodgrain Millwork will mean for the city.

PRINEVILLE, Ore. -

Woodgrain Millwork, Inc. announced Friday a $3 million investment to make its Prineville manufacturing plant state-of-the-art., citing the need to "meet increased demand in the market."

The facility manufactures wood mouldings, door components and window components.

Woodgrain Millwork, Inc. has a network of manufacturing facilities located throughout the U.S., South America and Asia.

Headquartered in Fruitland, Idaho, Woodgrain employs over 2,000 individuals, including about 250 in Prineville. It supplies mouldings, doors, and windows to multiple distributors, wholesalers, pro-dealers, doors shops, retailers and home centers nationwide.    

Key to the modernization efforts at the Prineville facility is the purchase of an optimizer, software and equipment to maximize efficiencies within the plant, officials said. 

The optimizer allows for more efficient use of material, reduces waste, and allows Woodgrain Millwork to respond quickly to changing market demands and opportunities through increased capacity and production.  

“This type of process automation will help us drive efficiencies and optimize our productivity in Prineville,” said Kelly Dame, chief executive officer at Woodgrain Millwork, Inc.  “Increased efficiency leads to increased capacity and production,  which will allow us to meet increased demand in the market.”

Economic Development for Central Oregon helped coordinate efforts between Woodgrain Millwork, and officials with the city of Prineville and Crook County. 

“An added benefit to this investment is that it strengthens the position of other companies in the supply chain,” added Russ Deboodt, EDCO's Prineville/Crook County development manager.

“Woodgrain subcontracts with Contact Industries in Prineville and gets source product from the Malheur Lumber Company in John Day," he said. "This helps retention of jobs at these plants, too.” 

About Woodgrain Millwork, Inc.

With over 55 years in the millwork business, Woodgrain Millwork continues to build on the tradition of excellence as a market leader. Woodgrain’s vertical integration strategy allows the company to bring high-quality products to the market at the lowest total cost of ownership. The diverse product offering includes: moulding, door shop products, wood stile and rail doors, moulded skin doors, patio doors, window parts and windows. For more information visit www.woodgrainmillwork.com.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is a private non-profit corporation founded over 30 years ago and dedicated to building a vibrant and thriving regional economy by attracting new investment and traded-sector jobs (manufacturing, professional, headquarters and high technology businesses) through marketing, recruitment and substantive assistance to existing companies. Learn more about EDCO at www.edcoinfo.com

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