According to Rick Williams of Central Oregon Trucking, Redmond is open for business and rather than creating challenges or hurdles, “they get around issues and figure them out, they work hard and are a great group. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people from their planning department to their engineering department, every piece of Redmond is open for business,” he said.
Businesses in Redmond including Madaline’s Grill, Cascade Lakes Brewery Company and Cent-Wise Sporting Goods and Hardware that are featured in this issue have great things to say about doing business in Redmond.
Though somewhat immune to the more grave aspects of the sluggish economic recovery, Cascade Lakes felt the effects in several key facets of its business bottom line but continues to battle ahead confidently. With its branch outlets and central Redmond headquarters, Cascade Lakes Brewing is a progressive, diversified company.
Chris Justema and his partners have done commerce in every community in Central Oregon, but extend a special thanks to the City of Redmond.
‘We’ve been their local brewery for the past eighteen years and they’ve treated us very fairly and we appreciate our continuing relationship with them.”
Redmond’s list of assets for the business sector include low cost of land, large selection of industrial land, airport connectivity to points east, location on crossroads of two highways, telecommunications infrastructure and a City that is easy to work with, solutions-oriented and creative.
Jon Stark, the manager at REDI, remarked, “The City has been very creative about how they want to grow those sectors, the downtown is done and we are seeing the effects, [now they are]laying the groundwork for those next plans.”
Being in business for over a half-century brings with it a certain enviable wisdom and familiarity worth its weight in gold. Cent-Wise Sporting Goods has been a hometown tradition that began in 1946. With several difficult economic cycles to contend with and the threat of encroaching competitors, Cent-Wise stepped back and leaned up and is happy to call Redmond home.