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The local wood manufacturing company is hiring for a variety of positions, ranging from entry-level to technical positions

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 - Last fall, Casey Jackson, vice president of manufacturing at Contact Industries, shows Made in Crook County Tour participants the many ways the facility engineers wood for customers. Contact Industries is hosting a job fair this Saturday.

Contact Industries is hiring, and the Prineville wood manufacturing company is hosting a job fair to give locals the opportunity to apply.

"We do have several positions open right now, from skilled labor to non-skilled," said Contact Industries Human Resources Manager Regina Luna.

The job fair happens this Saturday, June 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the first lunch room, which can be accessed from North Main Street parking lot. Balloons and signs will direct guests to the entrance.

"We wanted to see if we could reach more people and give them an opportunity to come in and talk to us," Luna said of the event.

Profile wrapping, which is an adhesive lamination process, is Contact Industries' primary business, and they manufacture components for the door and window industry and architectural.

A variety of jobs are open, including entry-level, non-skilled positions, technical positions in the maintenance department, and licensed maintenance electrician positions.

"For people that maybe have never worked before or have never worked in manufacturing, we want the opportunity to get in front of them and say first of all, we're happy to train, and second of all, there's a huge career opportunity here," Luna said. "We have positions that require engineering degrees. We have a variety of positions at the facility that people don't always realize."

The local plant employs between 250 to 270 workers, depending on the amount of special projects.

Most positions are day shifts, which are 10-hour days Monday through Thursday and overtime on Friday. They have a couple of swing-shift crews with a few employees, including a small manufacturing team and a clean-up crew.

Contact Industries offers full benefits, including medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, company-paid life insurance, and what Luna calls a "really generous 401K" retirement plan.

Based in Portland, Contact Industries was founded in 1946. Over the years, the company has evolved into a producer of engineered veneered mouldings and millwork, serving a variety of industries, including window and door, institutional and residential furniture, cabinet and architectural projects.

The company's 575,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Prineville provides technology, high-volume production capacity, and sales and merchandising support to customers throughout the world.

In Prineville, the business has had several name changes over the years, including Clear Pine Mouldings and Consolidated Pine.

And beginning July 16, the name will change from Contact Industries to Endura Products.

Endura Products, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, purchased Contact Industries in December of 2016.

"2019 is the year of full integration with our parent company," Luna said.

Established in 1954, Endura Products manufactures components for entry door systems. Endura has multiple manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and Texas, distributing products throughout the U.S. and Canada.

To celebrate the transition, they will host a Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, July 19.

Representatives from the North Carolina home office will be at the local event and will talk about Endura Products and the company's history.

"We want to re-introduce ourselves to the community," Luna said. "We're doing some signage changes, so it's going to be a great way for us to show that we're not the old mill on the hill anymore."

Contact Industries Job Fair

Date: Saturday, June 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: 1155 N. Main St., Prineville

Phone: 541-416-2865

Apply online: www.ContactInd.com

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