Rickreall equipment plant is moving

RICKREALL -- Burelbach Industries in Rickreall will be moving its operation in the near future.

RICKREALL -- Burelbach Industries in Rickreall will be moving its operation in the near future.

Company President Brian Hahn said Burelbach, which is part of Tacoma, Wash.-based Globe Machine, makes equipment used in the forestry industry.

Manufacturing on the site has been stalled and sales and engineering are the only activities currently occurring in the facility.

The company has had to lay off workers in the past year or so due to the slump in the housing market.

"It is the nature of our work," Hahn said. "The economy is very challenging right now."

However, Hahn said the company hasn't issued layoff notices recently. The number of employees fluctuates, but typically is less than 50, he said.

The owner of the Rickreall site is listed as Pegg Industries, which also owns the Western Interlock property in Rickreall, according to Polk County Assessor's Office records. Pegg Industries bought the property in February.

Hahn said there were negotiations for Burelbach to continue to lease the property.

"The new owner has been very cordial," he said. "This was the outcome of those discussions."

Hahn said the decision to move was made about two months ago.

A Western Interlock spokesman said the owner did not ask Burelbach to vacate the building and has no specific plans for the property.

It likely will be leased to another manufacturing company.

Hahn said the hope is to find a location "within driving distance" of the current site, but would not elaborate further.

"We are very proud of the Burelbach name and heritage," he said. "We plan to continue that."

Burelbach already has started searching for other locations, and Hahn said the move should occur before the end of 2010.

"It depends on the circumstances of ownership of the (current) building," he said.


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