August 2013– Alejandro Rodriguez has been in the wild land firefighting field since 2000. After working for other companies based around the state, Alejandro saw a need for a local wild land firefighting company in The Dalles, and started Steelhead Enterprises, LLC. He brings this experience to his four year old company. Alejandro and his crew of professionals perform wild land firefighting, fire fuel reduction, and forest land maintenance throughout the region to public and private land owners. Steelhead Enterprises has grown because of its commitment to professionalism, developing its workforce, and creating a smart business plan. Over the last year, Steelhead gained certifications that increase their access to new contracts and allowed them to diversify the services they are able to offer. These changes created a need for additional financing for working capital and equipment purchases. Steelhead found this through MCEDD’s loan programs. They were one of many crews who successfully fought the Government Flats Complex Fire in Wasco and Hood River counties in 2013.