ALFALFA, OR -- More than 50 workers at Prineville's Woodgrain Millwork plant will be laid off by the end of January. But now, a farmer in Alfalfa is offering them jobs. Ralf Dilzer, with Ruby Farms, tells KBND News he needs help on his farm that grows berries, tomatoes and marijuana. "It'd be a different job for them here; they'd be transplanting and monitoring berries and grapevines and the cannabis plants, and putting in drip systems and irrigation systems. There's just a whole bunch of stuff going on at the farm, and we just thought they'd be the perfect employees here at the ranch."
Dilzer adds, "You've definitely gotta be a multi-tasker to work in the mill. You've got all those power tools going and you've got to stay focused. You've got the boss telling you to do stuff and jobs you've got to get done. We just thought they'd be the perfect kind of employees to have here where they can multi-task, focus and be productive."
The Prineville mill will shut down in January. Dilzer says he needs a couple of workers now, and will probably need another 10 by the end of the year. He says he hasn't heard from anyone from Woodgrain Millwork yet, but admits he's just getting word out about the offer.