When it comes to Rocky Mountain Colby Pipe Co., Denver’s loss is Pendleton’s gain.
Rocky Mountain Colby Pipe Vice President Bill Quinn said the company will re-open its Pendleton plant Sept. 18 and has rehired 40 workers to staff it.
The factory at 4650 McKennon Rd. closed in February due to “market conditions,” laying off all but four employees.
During that time, Rocky Mountain Colby Pipe sold its Denver facilities and used the proceeds to invest $10 million in equipment upgrades to the Pendleton plant.
Quinn said the Pendleton plant will no longer manufacture PVC pipe, focusing its efforts on electrical conduit.
The employees being brought back to work represent a little more than half of the employees who worked the plant before the shutdown. Quinn said the plant could eventually go back to a 75-person staff, but it won’t happen in the near future.
The company had an estimated $99 million in sales last year.