Old Glory rises again over Prineville
The American flag that once flew at the top of a cell tower in the Baldwin Industrial Park is once again flying.
A flag-raising celebration took place at the base of the pole on Thursday morning at the Rimrock Lanes building.
Each day, the American flag flew proudly outside this establishment, but the rope that once raised Old Glory became unusable, and the flag has not flown for about four months.
Rosendin Electric employees reached out to the Prineville nonprofit Friends of the Flag, which kept the flag flying for years, to get the rope replaced and raise the Stars and Stripes proudly again.
Rosendin Electric, an employee-owned company and one of the largest electrical contractors in the U.S., is purchasing the Rimrock Lanes building after the bowling alley on Southwest High Desert Drive closed earlier this year. They will use the building for another warehouse and prefabrication facility.
The AT&T cell tower sits in a 50-foot-by-50-foot easement on the nearly 5-acre Rimrock Lanes property.
The Prineville Band of Brothers, a group of veterans and current members of the military, along with the help of Crook County Judge Seth Crawford, has continued to manage the maintenance of the flag.
"Seven years ago, Rosendin Electric and our community partners worked with us to light the flag so it could be flown 24/7," Crawford said. "Rosendin has once again stepped up to our community and our large population of veterans. Crook County is blessed and proud to have their continued support."
Bill Quant, a member of Band of Brothers, said the brand new 30-foot-by-60-foot flag cost Flags of Prineville and the City of Prineville $2,200.
Peterson Cat donated the use of a boom lift, and Rosendin Electric arranged for it to be transported from Portland so the rope could be fastened to the top of the pole. Bend Rigging had donated the new rope.
During the ceremony Thursday, members of the Band of Brothers, Rosendin Electric employees, and Crook County Judge Seth Crawford hoisted the flag out of a box and raised it to the top of the 110-foot cell tower.
Crawford then joined Joe Sherman, a Rosendin Electric prefabrication manager, in the boom lift for a ride to the top of the pole to adjust the rope and flag.
For nearly a decade, Rosendin has held a presence in Prineville, working on the first data center building in the area. With a history of hiring local labor, Rosendin recently became a member of the Crook County Chamber of Commerce and has been a strong contributor to holiday fundraisers and multiple organizations, including Crook County 4-H, Crook County School District, and the new Splash Pad at Stryker Park. As local data centers continue to expand in the area, Rosendin is cementing itself as a long-term community partner.
"We continue to place a high priority on our Prineville community involvement," said Glenn Patterson, Project Executive at Rosendin Electric, "We share in the patriotism of the community, and we're glad to help get the American flag flying again as soon as possible."