The hidden economy of Sisters
Mostly hidden from the view of visitors, Sisters has a thriving “hidden economy” of manufacturers who are creating unique, high-quality products for users around the world. From bird-repelling
devises to custom-quality guitars, Sisters' creative side extends into industry.
Bird Gard utilizes the innate power of the natural survival instincts of birds to effectively repel them. Digital recordings of distressed and alarmed birds, along with the sounds made by their natural predators are broadcast through high fidelity weather-resistant speakers. This triggers a primal fear and flee response. Pest birds soon relocate to where they can feed without feeling threatened.
Rescue Response Gear specializes in technical rescue and rope access equipment, working with public and private industry providing rescue equipment, rope access equipment, rescue training and rope access training to fire departments; training facilities; public utility companies; tower erector companies and search and rescue organizations as well as federal, state, county and city agencies.
For more than a quarter century, Metabolic Maintenance has
been manufacturing nutraceuticals and supplements for health care professionals who want the best for their patients, using only the highest-quality ingredients and processes. Products manufactured
in their plant in the Sisters Industrial Park are based on the latest
wellness research, with ingredients that are sourced from the finest
suppliers and tested for purity and potency.
From their workshop in the music-loving town of Sisters, Oregon, Preston Thompson Guitars builds custom guitars
and standard models based on vintage designs perfected by C.F. Martin Guitar in the 1930s. The choice of Grammy-winning flatpick and fingerstyle guitarists alike, Preston Thompson Guitars are among the best acoustic guitars available anywhere, renowned for superior tone, craftsmanship and materials.
ENERGYneering Solutions Inc. (ESI) of Sisters manages some millions of dollars in renewable energy power plants in places as far-flung as Texas, Florida and California — all out of an office at the Sisters Airport. The firm, led by Benny and Julie Benson of Sisters, provides engineering and design for landfill gas (LFG) collection, biogas pretreatment systems, biogas-to-energy facilities, and biomass thermal facilities.
Close to home, ESI installed a biomass boiler at Sisters High School, a cost-saving innovation that has received statewide accolades.
Ponderosa Forge & Ironworks From a start shoeing horses, Jeff Wester has built a blacksmithing shop that provides structural steel and artful accessories for the finest homes and commercial properties in Central Oregon. Through its website at www.ponderosaforge.com, Ponderosa Forge sells beautiful hand-forged iron work — fireplace screens and doors, door hinges, door handles, furniture and interior décor, wine racks and much more — all across the nation.
Lakeview Millworks is a purveyor of fine doors and windows for a market that extends from the Pacific Northwest south into California and east as far as Minnesota. Lakeview Millworks, located in Town Square in the middle of downtown Sisters, has an extensive showroom featuring major window and door product lines. Lakeview Millworks is a distributor for the prestigious Kolbe Windows & Doors line — one of only three in the state of Oregon. The facility is a destination showroom for the entire region.
Catch Magazine is as an electronic gallery and forum dedicated to the art and passion of fly fishing.
Sisters resident Todd Moen and his partner Brian O’Keefe designed and created the online periodical that features breathtaking digital photography, travel essays, and slideshows from exotic “fishing holes” around the globe, all in a Web format.
The magazine has an international readership, even in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. www.catchmagazine.net