Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Sun, April 8 2012 at 10:44 AM, Updated: Sun, April 8 2012 at 10:58 AM
While many businesses are downsizing, a Klamath Falls business is making plans to expand, and hire more workers.
'Carriage Works' president Barbara Evensizer says business is booming...
"We are going to go to a second shift, and we are looking at hiring at least ten more cabinet makers, welders, and craftsmen."
The Carriage Works builds those kiosks that you see in malls, casinos, and theme parks. Carriage Works has actually been able to benefit from some businesses downsizing. Moderate mall outlets have been moving more to the kiosk form, which doesn't take up as much of a footprint, with much less rent.
Evensizer notes that a lot of money can flow through a 30 thousand dollar booth...
"You can make up to 300 thousand dollars a year off that one kiosk."
That kind of money has many private individuals buying kiosks to open their first business. Carriage Works account executive Lori Butler thinks it reflects a trend...
"The economy is improving - but also, people are finding unique, innovative ways to capitalize on the retail environment."
And that's providing needed jobs at the Carriage Works for people like Dan Padgett...
"I found this place needed some cabinertry work and applied, and they were gracious enough to hire me right away - so I'm happy."
Barbara Evensizer is happy, too...
"It is booming - we cannot believe what's happening in here."
You'll find out more online at: www.carriageworks.com
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.