A Hermiston computer shop is back open for business again after Amazon hired away all of its technicians.
“They’re definitely in high demand right now,” said Jon Farrester, whose hiring allowed M2 Netnerds to re-open after being closed for almost a month.
Amazon, under the name VaData, has multiple data centers at the Port of Umatilla and Port of Morrow, and is working to construct more off Westland Road in Hermiston and Lind Road near Umatilla. Umatilla County Commissioner Bill Elfering has said in the past that each building represents 40 to 60 employees.
Farrester said the staff of M2 Netnerds also includes owner Michael Calame and an intern, but the business is still looking to hire more technicians.
M2 Netnerds offers home services — including file recovery, virus removal, networking and refurbishing — as well as IT consulting and other services for businesses. With the addition of Farrester, the shop has now added web services such as website design and search engine optimization.
Farrester said he hails from the Bend area, where he had his own computer business for years and also worked as the Jefferson County School District webmaster.
In addition to owning M2 Netnerds, Calame also owns M2 Machmedia, a wireless internet provider.
M2 Netnerds is located at 1565 N. First St., Suite B, next to Quiznos Subs. It is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 541-567-1918.