GOSHEN, Ore. (KMTR) -- A big new business has made plans to come to Lane County, bringing jobs and economic development to an area the county's been looking to utilize.
In these tough economic times, the county has been working hard to bring new businesses to the area, to stimulate economic growth. The business is called Pinnacle Propane, and they announced today that they'll soon be setting up a production services plant in Goshen. It’s an investment estimated at $10 million.
The company collects old propane tanks, sands them down completely, replaces all the parts, and redistributes them for both commercial and residential sale. They'll bring with them an estimated 30 jobs. Manly trucking jobs, but high-paying positions with an annual salary of $70,000 to $100,000.
County commissioner Sid Leiken says the county has been focused on development of the area since 2011, saying that Pinnacle Propane is, "Our first major company wanting to make an investment. It's very exciting.” Developing Goshen has become a vital part of the county’s strategic plan. “When you look at Goshen, this is an opportunity to really create potentially 300 acres of industrial land. And now you have a company, coming in right now, to potentially put a 10 million dollar investment in. I must tell you, from my experience, when you get the first one, this is an opportunity for others to want to follow.”
Commissioner Leiken says Pinnacle Propane was looking all along the Interstate 5 corridor for potential investment and that county staff worked hard to get them to invest in Goshen.The production plant is going in on highway 99 just south of Hampton road. There's already a building at the site, so Pinnacle Propane will just be renovating that before moving in, rather than building a new structure. As for now, a timeline to begin operations has yet to be determined.