January 26, 2018 – Woop!Wear is a small alpaca clothing company which started in 2007 with a desire to bring alpaca into the outdoor industry. Owner, Gina Eisele discovered that alpaca fiber unique qualities of silky softness coupled with its ability to provide lightweight warmth make it the perfect fiber for outdoor apparel. In the first year, she developed a base layer product, entirely not perfect and much more “sweater like” than what she wanted. After much experimenting and countless meetings with fabric producers, Woop!Wear now offers lightweight alpaca base layers, filed pants and coats outerwear, knit hat and socks.
Woop!Wear purchases the alpaca fiber directly from Peru, designs the clothes, outsources the productio n and sells the outdoor apparel. Based in Trout Lake, Washington, Woop!Wear operates its business in an area that offers optimal field testing for its alpaca active wear products.
MCEDD provided a $50,000 working capital loan and Gina used these funds to purchase fabric and manufacture products for inventory to sell. Woop!Wear sells its products through its own website, www.woopwear.com, Amazon.com and annually at the Portland Sportsman Show.
The MCEDD Loan Program is available to entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and existing businesses doing business in the five county (Sherman, Hood River, Wasco, Klickitat and Skamania) Mid-Columbia Area. This loan program is part of MCEDD’s efforts to strengthen and support the region’s economy. Contact Eric Nerdin at 541-296-2266 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on MCEDD’s Loan Program.
December 28, 2017 – Growth of the local craft beer industry has been spurred with investments through MCEDD’s loan program. Funding for business start ups and expansions have supported a number of start-ups and expansions in the past few years, including Solera Brewery, Pfriem, Freebridge and Defiance Brewery
Solera Brewery- Parkdale, OR In November 2011, MCEDD made a $130,000 loan to Baseline Brewing, Inc dba Solera Brewery to purchase the Elliot Glacier Public House building and start up a brew pub in Parkdale, Oregon. Business partners Jason Kahler and John Hitt have since successfully remodeled and retrofitted this building for their business. They have established a well-regarded brewery and continued to invest into the business, including establishing a barrel aging and bottling program.Solera Brewery is located at 4945 Baseline Drive in Parkdale, Oregon. Learn more about Solera Brewery at www.solerabrewery.com.
FreeBridge Brewery- The Dalles, OR With the help of a $200,000 loan through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, Steve and Laurie have opened Freebridge Brewing in The Dalles, Oregon. Freebridge Brewing, located in the historic Mint Building located at 710 E. 2nd Street, had its grand opening January 9th. It is the first brewery in The Dalles since 1916, when Columbia Brewery closed their doors due to prohibition. “The Dalles has waited long enough and MCEDD played a significant part in the raising of this brewery”, said Steve. Learn more at www.freebridgebrewing.com.
Sedition Brewering Company- The Dalles, OR The Sedition Brewing Company is a craft brewery and public house located at 208 Laughlin Street in ThDe Dalles, Oregon. The century-old
Contributed photo. Credit: Christi Thayer Photography
structure the brewery is housed in was once used for ice production and storage serving all of Eastern Oregon. Sedition Brewing Company obtained an Oregon Investment Board capital loan through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District for the purchase a seven barrel brewhouse and related brewing equipment.
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