August 26, 2018 – Diesel Athletics, LLC dba Power Station – Hood River obtained a loan from Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) in December of 2017. This loan provided the funds needed to complete the gym remodel and upgrade project, including finishing the childcare area and smoothie bar and replacing worn out or broken equipment and adding new equipment.
Jeri McMaster, owner of Power Station – Hood River started CrossFit Hood River in June 2009. In February 2013, she acquired the Big Gym business and leased its location at 1813 Cascade Avenue in Hood River. This move allowed CrossFit Hood River to access larger space at this location and added the Big Gym business to Diesel Athletics, LLC. The combined businesses are called The Power Station. Jeri is focused on providing the best gym experience in Hood River by creating a supportive, positive and energetic atmosphere that provides great equipment and training programs and classes with knowledgeable and motivating trainers. Power Station – Hood River offers the following:
Barbells & Bumper Plates
Hammer Strength Back
Hammer Strength Chest
Treadmills & Ellipticals
Reverse Hypers & GHDs
Turf & Sleds
Yoga Mats & Blocks
Functional Studio & Rings
Stair mills & Bikes
Group Training Spaces
Classes for Cycling (interval and strength, boxing, CrossFit, Bootcamp, Ripped (core workout), Kinstretch (stretching and flexibility), Run Club and Olympic and power lifting.
Jeri is excited about her business and says “The portfolio of people who have gone from unhealthy to athletic is large, and we are very proud of the impact that we have made on our community over the years.” Diesel Athletics, LLC employs a combination of 12 full and part-time employees. Power Station – Hood River is located at 1813 Cascade Avenue, Hood River, Oregon. Learn more at www.powerstationhr.com.
June 21, 2018 – Carrie and Bruce Nissen, Owners of LDB Beverage Company
Bruce and Carrie Nissen came to Stevenson, WA with big ideas. They had run a cider company in Colfax, CA that was sold to MillerCoors in 2012. After integrating their company into the larger organization, the Nissens felt the need to jump into another adventure. They scouted the Gorge, settling on Stevenson and opened a 31,000 square foot beverage production facility leased from the Port of Skamania. Let’s Dream Big (LDB) Beverage Company was born. LDB focuses on producing hard ciders and other soft alcohol beverages as well as non-alcoholic sodas, waters, kombuchas, etc. for many beverage companies headquartered throughout North America.
Since LDB’s arrival in late 2014, the bottling company has amassed over 60 beverage clients, with distribution throughout the US, Mexican and Canadian markets. It currently operates from 5 am to 10 pm, Monday through Friday with two shifts employing 30 people. The vast majority of the employees reside in Skamania County, WA. LDB was built to help small, medium and
LDB Beverage Company Facility
large companies with big ideas bring their products to market. That is why they are called LDB – Let’s Dream Big. Their facility is used to help small and medium companies who do not have a facility of their own and is also a test location for those larger companies who do not want to run their new products in their own existing facilities. The facility can package into bottles, cans and kegs and can process up to 2,000 cases per day.
“It is great to see a new producer take a product to market, watching them see their Big Dream come to fruition,” notes Carrie Nissen. “We have now found our rhythm with customer flow and are able to focus more on employee development and community engagement. Our new product, Little B’s Sparkling Apple Juice Drinks, is a perfect example of this transition. Named after Braeden and Brek, two children of the LDB family, this non-alcoholic beverage provides us with a much better vehicle to work with the entire Stevenson area community,” adds cofounder Bruce Nissen.
Almost simultaneously with the start-up of the LDB bottling company, the Nissens started Jester & Judge, a brand of hard ciders. Currently Jester & Judge’s ciders are sold in bottles, cans and kegs. Jester & Judge’s line up of ciders include Pineapple Express, Blackberry, Columbia Belle (peach and mint infusion), Sharp Cherry, Passion Fruit and American Apple. Jester & Judge also offers seasonal, limited and small batch ciders, such as Winter’s Courage, Nowhere Special and other new flavors as available. The Nissens are making plans for a tasting room for the thirsty public at their 30 SE Cascade location in Stevenson. Bruce and Carrie express that “the support of Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), the Port of Skamania, Skamania Economic Development Council (EDC) and the Skamania Chamber of Commerce have been critical to our ability to put together our business and help it to thrive. We are very grateful for their existence and support.” MCEDD and EDC both provided loans to assist the company in getting started and established in the Stevenson facility.
More information about LDB Beverage Company and Jester & Judge hard ciders can be found at www.ldbbeverage.com and facebook pages for both LDB and Jester & Judge. You can contact LDB Beverage at 509-651-0381 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.