Dalles Iron Works

Jon Keyser, right, and Jason Smith, who recently joined the busy crew at The Dalles Iron Works, move some 12-gauge steel for a pallet table that will be used at Mid-Columbia Forrest Products.

Can you hear that?

It’s a bell weather, and The Dalles Iron Works just pounded it with a sludge hammer.

As a fabricator and repair shop for major industries within a 100-mile radius, by all accounts business is strong in the Mid-Columbia, said owner Jon Keyser.

“Typically, we have a two to three- month slowdown during this time of year.” But for the second year, there is no back off.  Keyser recently brought on another employee, Jason Smith, to handle the load.   

New housing construction, wind turbines, manufacturers, repairs and residential upgrades, have steel bending and metal melting.

Cash from large capital improvements in the area are trickling into smaller businesses and in turn locals are flush for doing, for example, a custom welded gate.  

 “When the economy is good, it reflects right down to residential projects,” he said.

Jolly Julibation

Put a fresh press on your Santa suit because Dancer and Prancer are thirsty.

SantaCon is back, said Bunny Henningsen with Main Street The Dalles. Set for Friday, Dec. 13, the public is invited to put on their best Christmas outfit and take a tour of downtown pubs in a magical suds-infused flight. Bring food donations for the Columbia Gorge Food Bank.  

“You get together with friends and party in Santa’s Spirit,” said Henningsen. “Grab your Santa sack and fill it with goodies for the food bank.”

Biggs Opportunity

The new TA Express truck stop in Biggs Junction has 3,000 square feet of space for a local sit-down restaurant operator, said Don Sidhu of Biggs Petroleum LLC. Restaurateurs interested in leasing the space can contact Don at 503-302-4866.

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