Drew Industries Inc. of White Plains, N.Y., plans to open a recreational vehicle window and door manufacturing plant in Pendleton.

Tracy Bosen, Pendleton economic development director, said Monday the company would hire up to 80 employees.

The plant will be in the building formerly occupied by Lippert Components Inc., and will operate as Kinro Manufacturing Inc.

Lippert pulled stakes out of Pendleton and moved its 35 jobs to McMinnville some time ago, Bosen said.

The East Oregonian's efforts to contact Lippert officials have been unsuccessful for the past few weeks.

Bosen said Drew had the opportunity, with Lippert vacating the building, to bring the Kinro plant to Pendleton.

"Lippert has already pulled the jobs," Bosen said. "They enlarged an existing plant in McMinnville."

Kinro and Lippert are wholly owned subsidiaries of Drew Industries.

Bosen said Kinro plans to begin operations Sept. 30.

"The Pendleton Economic Development Board and the city of Pendleton have been working closely with the state of Oregon and Drew Industries since the fall of 2008 to bring these jobs into Pendleton," Bosen said.

Most jobs will be line-manufacturing positions, and there will be a limited number of administrative and managerial positions.

"They're going to be starting at about $13 per hour," he said, "and the administrative jobs will be more."

Bosen said Kinro offers a competitive 401(k) plan, major medical, prescription, vision and dental health plans and holiday and vacation pay.

This is Kinro's first venture in Oregon, he said. Kinro's corporate offices are in Arlington, Texas. It has an engineering office in Mansfield, Texas. The company has nine plants that build doors and windows for manufactured housing and recreational vehicles.

Prospective employees may pick up job descriptions and employment applications at the Oregon Employment Department office, 408 S.E. Seventh St., Pendleton.

"We worked really hard to bring these jobs in," Bosen said. "They were going to go to Indiana."

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