Business

August shows mixed results for NVH

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital district showed a loss of about $100,000 for the month of August, but showed volumes beginning to trend in the right direction and a reduction in warrant levels, according to acting Chief Financial Officer Helen Verhasselt’s report at the Thursday, Sept. 27, Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Prince's Foods

Prince’s Foods sells to independent grocer John Akins

OROVILLE – Prince’s Foods has been purchased by John Akins, an independent grocer with a family history in the grocery business.

The sale was announced on Wednesday, Sept 15 by Prince’s Foods owners Jim and Ben Prince, and the ownership and management transition will take effect next month on Oct. 15.

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Chris Celli loads scrap metal into a container that will be trucked to the coast and loaded on ships for reuse elsewhere. Celli buys several types of scrap metal at his CNC BuyBack Center, just south of Oroville on SR97. Photo by Gary DeVon

CNC BuyBack Center opens near Oroville

OROVILLE – Chris Celli has opened CNC BuyBack Center, a scrap metal and salvaging business, just south of Oroville at 32888 A Hwy. 97.

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NVH makes cuts to control warrants

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital District’s warrant level has stubbornly remained at over $2.5 million for several months, putting the hospital in danger of not getting its debt to Okanogan County paid off by its target date of Dec. 2013.

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A graph showing new construction values over the past two decades. Source: Okanogan County Assessor's Office

Methow Valley continues to lead in new construction, Oroville next

OKANOGAN – The Methow Valley School District represented nearly one-third of the value of all new construction in Okanogan County, according to Assessor Scott Furman’s office.

The assessor’s office uses the various school districts to determine the boundaries of each area included in their reports. While the Methow Valley was still on top of the list with $13,157,700 in new construction, or nearly 32 percent of the total, the Oroville School District was next with $6,006,600 in new construction, or 15 percent of the total.

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Leroy Smith, CCC Production Manager, stands next to a 1940/50's vintage French-brand seed crusher that was refurbished from two similar machines owned by the Carbon Cycle Crush. The machine, built in Piqua, Ohio, still needs to be hooked up to a 200HP ele

Refurbished seed mill added to line at Oroville canola plant

OROVILLE – Carbon Cycle Crush was showing off their new seed mill for crushing canola seeds at their plant in Oroville.

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This win over full bunk bed, with storage drawers beneath, is just one of many models the Ensz family builds as part of their newly-opened 1-800-Bunkbed business. Photo by Brent Baker

Local family starts bunkbed biz

TONASKET – Bryan and LaJune Ensz were looking for some additional income and some after-school and summer work for their boys.

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In 2011 Gorman Brothers Inc. spent $5.5 million three new dry kilns and bio-energy steam plant at their Oroville Reman & Reload facility. The company told the Oroville City Council it plans an additional $10 million in upgrades, including a state-of-t

Oroville Reman and Reload plans $10 million in upgrades

OROVILLE – A representative of Oroville Reload and Reman told the Oroville City Council that the parent company plans $10 million in upgrades to their facilities.

Doug Tracey, from B.C.-based Gorman Brothers Inc., Oroville Reman & Reload’s parent company, updated the city council on the wood products manufacturer’s plans at their Tuesday, April 10 meeting. Tracy said Reman & Reload had $4.2 million worth of revenue last year, an increase in $1.4 million due to several plant upgrades. These included the addition of three dry kilns, as well as an increase in molder volume, the edge glue line and lumber loading. He credits the heavy haul corridor…

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Steve and Linda Colvin, owners of Esther Bricques Winery in Oroville, were on hand at the Taste of Washington last weekend in Seattle promoting their wines as well as the Oroville area. Fellow Oroville Chamber members Mo Fine and Geoff Klein, with the Tum

New website to be introduced at Oroville Chamber

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce will introduce its totally redesigned website at the Thursday, April 12 meeting being held at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the Oroville Public Library.

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Cecilia Ray and Wes Westphal have opened World of Gaia in Oroville and sell a wide variety of rocks and minerals from around the world, both online and in their new store. The couple also sells jewelry making and rock hounding supplies. Photo by Gary DeVo

World of Gaia moves from online to Main Street

OROVILLE – World of Gaia, an online business selling a large assortment of tumbled and specimen rocks, carved stone gifts in animal and heart shapes, rock hounding books, tumblers and related items, has opened for business at 1321 Main St. in Oroville.

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