Owners have ties to Harney County

A new enterprise has come to Harney County which will provide much needed jobs for as many as five to 10 local residents.
Federal Recycling, Inc., (FRI) an Oregon Corporation, has begun operations in Hines. Federal Recycling Inc. has signed a three-year lease with Rattlesnake Creek Land & Cattle Co. for warehouse space located at 320 Snow Mountain Avenue in Hines, where the main operations will be conducted. The endeavor is spear-headed by former Harney County resident, Sharyn (Choate) Ochoa, her husband, Philip Ochoa, and brother, Gordon Choate of Hines.

The Ochoas live in Southern California and own and operate Federal Defense Industries, Inc., www.fedef.com, a 12-year old defense contracting company that supplies replacement parts and new equipment for U.S. military applications in foreign bases. The company employs 25 people and occupies a 26,000 square foot building in Moorpark, Calif.

“Since I’m a former Harney County resident with friends and family still in the area, it’s been a long-held desire of ours to bring jobs and revenue to Harney County. Now with the success of our current business and the identification of a viable business opportunity, we feel we can do that,” said Sharyn Ochoa.

Choate is co-owner and general manager of the operation, and will manage the business. The core business of Federal Recycling, Inc. will be the recycling of metals such as copper, iron and steel. These components will typically be acquired from military bases and trucked to the company’s facility to be separated, bundled and then transported to regional foundries for recycling.

“We’ve been working extremely hard to get this set up for several months now,” said Choate. “We believe we have a great opportunity here, and this type of operation is perfect for this area. We want to provide jobs for local residents and bring some revenue back into Harney County.”
“Randy Fulton from Harney County Economic Development and Harney County Judge Steve Grasty have both been very encouraging and helpful in providing information as to the local and state assistance and incentives that are available for new business ventures in the area, said Ochoa.

She continued, “Because Harney County is identified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) Zone, some of our federal contracts may qualify for certain federal set-asides meant to benefit areas that have been hit the hardest economically. Even without these benefits we believe we have a good location in Hines to conduct business.”

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