PRINEVILLE — Sisters-based GFP Emergency Services has opened a new facility in Prineville and created jobs for 90 people to revamp shipping containers for use as temporary housing, medical and other facilities.
And more jobs appear headed to the city, with a Madras-based company's plans to start another container-conversion business in Prineville.
The new jobs, along with the Apple and Facebook data centers, are welcome news for Crook County, which had the highest monthly unemployment rate of Oregon's 36 counties for four years, until October.
"The data center industry, and now a company like GFP coming here, gives us reason to believe that Prineville is heading back to economic growth," said Steve Forrester, Prineville city manager.
GFP, which provides wildland firefighting services, makes evacuation shelters and provides base-camp services and catastrophe management, started leasing about 65,000 square feet at the Prineville Freight Depot last month, said GFP President Don Pollard.
The company employs about 90 workers at the Prineville facility, its own and subcontractors, to convert shipping containers into temporary buildings used during emergencies, or for energy exploration, mining and pipeline construction.