REACH, Inc. completes $7,000,000 expansion

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A seven million dollar expansion of ‘Reach, Incorporated’ in Klamath Falls is now complete.

A ribbon-cutting was held Thursday morning to mark completion of a 5,400 office building at Reach.

“Reach is a 501c3 non-profit.”  Explains Executive Director Ron Moe.  “We provide employment and employment services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.”

Reach got its start 50 years ago as the ‘Klamath Work Activity Center’.

The company provides a variety of services and products, including the manufacture of wood pallets for local mills.

About half of the construction costs for the expansion were covered by a loan from Craft3.

“We assess risk based on the impact it has on the community.”  Notes Craft3’s Stephanie Hirche.  “The impact that Reach has on our community here in Klamath Falls is huge.  It was a perfect project for Craft3.”

Thanks to the expansion, Moe says Reach hopes to double the number of people it serves over the next 5 years.  “It’s exciting to see the community come together in such a way that allows us to provide more, and better services.”

Reach will hold a community open house on Friday from 10:30 to 2.

They’re located at 2350 Maywood Drive.

 

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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