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March 11, 2016 Media Contact
Nathan Buehler 503-689-3559

Rightline Equipment Announces Expansion in Columbia County

Oregon manufacturer of specialized forklift components Rightline Equipment celebrated the expansion of its facility in Columbia County today. Oregon State Senator Betsy Johnson and Columbia County Commissioner Tony Hyde joined officials from Business Oregon in touring construction at the new facility.

"Rightline is excited to further expand operations in Rainier," said Rightline Vice President Jeff Hamlik. "We greatly appreciate assistance from Business Oregon and the Economic Team to help us build in Columbia County. Although Rightline products compete in nationwide and global markets, we are pleased with the opportunity and proud to grow in our own home town."

Increased demand for its products prompted the expansion, though the company considered relocating out of state due to limited land availability in its existing location. Business Oregon and the Columbia County Economic Team worked with the adjacent property owner to strike a deal for parcels that would allow the company to stay and expand in Oregon.

"Thanks to the collaboration of local leaders, the Columbia County Economic Team, Col Pac Economic Development District, Senator Johnson, Representative Witt and Business Oregon, Rightline Equipment is now Columbia County's largest manufacturing employer," said Columbia County Commissioner Tony Hyde.

Business Oregon worked with the company to facilitate acquisition of the new site and put together a forgivable loan of $400,000 to help offset the $2.5 million expansion cost and keep the company growing in Oregon. The loan is eligible for forgiveness if job creation and other parameters are met.

Rightline, a family-owned company founded in 1971, has become the second-largest attachment supplier in the U.S., and has grown from about 35 employees ten years ago to more than 140 today. This expansion is expected to add about 40 jobs once complete.

Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.