Tracy Bosen

Tracy Bosen

The city of Pendleton, Ore., and state officials landed a subsidiary of Drew Industries Inc. which also was looking to locate the plant in Indiana.

The Pendleton East Oregonian reported that Kinro Manufacturing Inc. opted to locate  a recreational vehicle window and door manufacturing plant in Pendleton in a facility former occupied by Drew’s Lippert Components Inc..

Tracy Bosen, Pendleton economic development director, said Monday (Aug. 3) the company would hire up to 80 employees.

Lippert pulled stakes out of Pendleton and moved its 35 jobs to McMinnville, Ore., some time ago, Bosen said.

Bosen said Drew had the opportunity, with Lippert vacating the building, to bring the Kinro plant to Pendleton.

Bosen said Kinro plans to begin operations Sept. 30. 

“The Pendleton Economic Development Board and the city of Pendleton have been working closely with the state of Oregon and Drew Industries since the fall of 2008 to bring these jobs into Pendleton,” Bosen said.

Most jobs will be line-manufacturing positions, and there will be a limited number of administrative and managerial positions.

“They’re going to be starting at about $13 per hour,” he said, “and the administrative jobs will be more.”

Bosen said Kinro offers a competitive 401(k) plan, major medical, prescription, vision and dental health plans and holiday and vacation pay.

This is Kinro’s first venture in Oregon, he said. Kinro’s corporate offices are in Arlington, Texas. It has an engineering office in Mansfield, Texas. The company has nine plants that build doors and windows for manufactured housing and recreational vehicles.

“We worked really hard to bring these jobs in,” Bosen said. “They were going to go to Indiana.”