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November 25, 2013
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Chamber Corner Column: Drain area companies to develop new properties

Malcolm Drilling (Malcolm Northwest, malcolmdrilling.com) has purchased the old North Douglas Wood Products facility.

Plans are to use the facility for storage and equipment maintenance and fabrication. Malcolm hopes to employ 14 to 15 people at the location. According to its website, Malcolm has grown over the past five decades to a pre-eminent specialty foundation contractor.

The business began with a single truck mounted with a drill rig. This early business was successful and continued to grow with more equipment and with the addition of a cadre of operators and laborers that found steady work with the company. Hard work and the delivery of a quality product were the keys to the steady growth of the business.

Malcolm’s equipment fleet has grown from that single truck with a mounted drilling rig to a $180 million equipment fleet that contains limited access rigs that can walk through a factory door or climb a slope, to large drill rigs capable of drilling holes up to 18 feet in diameter and up to 300 feet deep.

In addition to the more standard drill rigs, Malcolm has also expanded its fleet to include jet grouting, deep soil mixing and Omega displacement pile rigs.

AllianceGeo (alliancegeo.com) purchased 5½ acres on Lane Street with plans to construct a 40,000-square-foot warehouse. Its website says: “AllianceGeo supplies a range of geosynthetic products at the market’s leading prices. The company is staffed by experts with a combined 60-plus years of experience in the geosynthetics industry. This allows them to occupy a unique position whereby they can provide the lowest price, high quality products along with full professional support services that rival or exceed those of other geosynthetic manufacturers/suppliers.

“AllianceGeo’s civil and geotechnical engineers are available to provide customers with products and design solutions capable of delivering the following benefits:

• 50 percent cost savings for construction of unpaved roads and stabilization layers beneath paved roads;

• 50 percent cost savings for the construction of access roads and temporary working platforms;

• Life extension of up to 500 percent for paved roads;

• Initial cost savings of 10 to 15 percent for paved roads;

• Life extension of 50 to 300 percent for asphalt overlays;

• Over 10 percent cost savings for flexible and rigid pavements subjected to unusually high axle loads (e.g. ports, intermodal facilities);

• For rail line structures, three- to five-fold reduction in ballast settlement rate or initial cost savings of up to 40 percent.”

Drain has scheduled its annual Christmas Party for 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Drain Civic Center. Activities include the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a blazing firetruck, Jay the Magician, holiday music and refreshments, followed by the city Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Follow what is happening in Drain through the Drain Chamber website www.drainchamber.com.

Patti Akins is president of the Drain Chamber of Commerce.

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The News-Review Updated Nov 26, 2013 03:03PM Published Nov 25, 2013 10:36AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.