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New Prineville pipeline manufacturer’s product is a first for the U.S.

(Update: Adding video, comment from company founders)

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- There’s a new business in Prineville -- and it's been in the pipeline, so to speak, for decades.

Krah USA just completed its first job for the Tumalo Irrigation District. They specialize in large-diameter pipes.

But they’re using a new technology to do it, one Mark Theetge has been trying for nearly 20 years to bring to the U.S.

"This is a dream come true for me," Theetge, Krah USA’s president, said Monday.

He's sold large pipes for years -- but now, with technology from the German Krah Group, Krah USA will be the first in the country to make large-diameter, high-density polyethylene piping.

"This material from Europe is something that is higher pressure, and so it could meet the needs of other folks,” Theetge said.

That’s not the only benefit.

"So it's an inert material and actually can be recycled. So for the environment, it's a green product," he added.

The pipes for the Tumalo Irrigation District job were 60 inches in diameter, but soon Krah USA will have the ability to make much larger pipes -- one 196 inches in diameter, which can be used for water and sewer systems.

Both Theetge and CEO Midge Graybeal are from Central Oregon, which played into their decision to bring the business to the City of Prineville Railway.

"We had about 24 parameters, and this Prineville location met like 24 of 25 parameters that we needed," Graybeal said.

In addition to jobs, 10 of which they're looking to add by the end of the year, they want to be active in the community.

"We're not just here for a short period of time," Graybeal said. "We've got a 15-year lease, and an option to buy. We will be in Prineville."

The company is planning a grand opening in April.

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    1. Of course we’re asking. As it explains, our reporter is meeting with company officials today. And as I’ve explained before, we post “early looks” by midday on some of the stories reporters are working on, to get folks to tune in this evening, provide some initial info, etc.

    2. According to their website and previous announcements (dating back to December of 2020) they will hire an initial group of 14- then 20 to 30 over the next few years. Local manufacturing jobs are paying anywhere between $12-$15 an hour in this area.

      1. This deal was being negotiated back when America was business friendly- under President Trump ! It’s just being closed and acted upon now with Biden out there skrewing things up- which is too damn bad- surging fuel prices alone will put the brakes on these (and many more) projects for the near future.

  1. Oh, but I thought the hostile Oregon business climate was driving businesses OUT of the state? Or is that yet another RightWingBlatheringPoint?

    1. “Another RightWingBlatheringPoint?”…. Headline News… “Businesses leaving downtown Portland over ‘lawlessness’: report”… August 25-2020- posted everywhere but KTVZ… “The number is like nothing I have seen in 42 years of doing business in downtown,” a developer wrote”… “companies include Daimler Trucks North America, Airbnb, Banana Republic, Microsoft, Saucebox, Subway, and Google, which he claimed: “leased 90,000 square feet in the Macy’s building [and] has stopped construction of their improvements.”… Even the Brits know more than you do…”Multiple Portland companies plan to move out of downtown office spaces because ongoing BLM protests have made the area ‘unsafe’ – with reports of widespread vandalism and ‘workers being attacked'”… Your link…

        1. And how does that compare to CNN and their affiliates with “Hillary in a landslide- Russia-Russia-Russia- the Steele Dossier- Stormy Daniels and her slip ‘N Fall lawyer- Brett Kavanaugh raped women- Bill Clinton didn’t- Covington High boys start riots in MAGA Hats- then sue CNN for bigly bucks for defamation- Don’t wear a mask… no wait- do wear a mask- Death “from the China V… Oopsie- death related to the China V”…. You get the point yet ? If the Daily Mail is bottom rung- what’s that make this here site you peddle yer wares at all day long ?

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