Carriage Works On A Roll

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, July 26 2013 at 1:02 PM, Updated: Sun, July 28 2013 at 1:58 PM

Downsizing is the 'new normal' for many businesses facing a tight economy...but a Klamath Falls company is thriving by helping those businesses make the shift to smaller quarters.

Those kiosks that you see in malls, airports, and casinos aren't just for coffee anymore.

"This is what I hear real estate's going to go to."  Notes 'Carriage Works' Owner and President Barbara Evensizer.  "The offices are going to close, and they're going to have these in malls, just like this selling real estate.  It's already happening in California."

Evensizer adds that she's also working on a government contract...

"These are information booths for the Air Force bases, and it saves a lot of money just putting one of these in, instead of building a new building."

Evensizer hopes that if the government is happy with the product, they'll order more...and that could result in the Carriage Works getting much bigger.

"So I could see us going to a second shift."  Says Evensizer.  "Building more buildings, and the future is fantastic for this with the military."

You can find out more about the company online at:  www.carriageworks.com

The Carriage Works got its start in Klamath Falls about 40 years ago building horse carriages, sleighs, and wagons.

Mobile retail units and kiosks are now the company's core products.

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Lyle Ahrens

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.

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