By Debbie Raney
The Louisiana Pacific Corporation (LP) assets in Hines were conveyed by purchase on June 1 to Lewis & Clark Machinery, Inc.
Lewis & Clark is an engineering company that designs and builds manufacturing plants. It had been based in Lyons.
The business will occupy the North Building of the property, also known as the Woodmark Building.
The president of Lewis & Clark, Tom Scott, is a former resident of Harney County, and the former manager of LP. The county has worked with Scott for the past two years on relocating his business here. He, along with the county court, continue to work to bring other businesses to the Hines industrial park.
Said Scott, “Although these are difficult times, we came here because we know the hearts of the people of Harney County — people of high integrity, loyal, hard working with a real can-do attitude. These attributes are alive and well in the elected officials in Harney County as well. In particular, County Judge Steve Grasty and County Commissioner Dan Nichols have worked vigorously to attract Lewis & Clark and other companies, to create a new business base, bringing jobs and opportunities to Eastern Oregon.”
Scott said he has a backlog of jobs Lewis & Clark needs to get completed, so he hopes to get the Hines location functional as soon as possible. Two of his engineers have made the move to Hines with him, including Doug Minnear, who will be returning home in his move to Harney County. An additional two or three employees will be added when operations begin.
The remaining portion of the property will continue to be on the market, as Scott said the North Building would give his business sufficient space. He said once he “stirred up the dust,” he began to get calls regarding potential prospects.