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Mail Tribune: Salvation Army to dedicate renovated church building

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

March 23, 2012

The Salvation Army will dedicate its renovated church at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at 304 Beatty St., Medford.

The church was built in the 1920s for the Seventh-day Adventists and became the Salvation Army church later in the 20th century.

In 2007, a broken water pipe damaged the property so badly that church services could no longer be held in the building.

In September 2011, Batzer Construction began the renovation project…,

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Mail Tribune: Batzer Land Contract at California Biomass

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

August 09, 2011

Batzer Construction is the general contractor for Kiara Solar LLC’s project to restart a dormant biomass facility in Anderson, California……  CLICK HERE for the full story

Thank You’s from the Medford Food Co-op

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Today the Medford Food Co-op held a Thank You event for major sponsors and Batzer Construction.    Co-op President Jim Sims, thanked Batzer for the vision and creativity with the project, and helping ensure that there is room for future expansion of their store.

Russ Batzer took a few minutes to talk about the construction project and thanked the design and construction team.

The C0-op’s new staff gave a tour of the new store to the attending sponsors and the press.   The Co-op will employ 25 people at the store and influence more of the local economy since they will be selling many local foods.

There was some great press coverage of the event. Mail Tribune for more information http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110730/NEWS/107300306&cid=sitesearch

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Russ Batzer Thanks the Construction Team.

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Batzer Construction Project Architect- Gary Caperna

Andy Batzer working on Kid Time! Relocation

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Andy Batzer, Vice President of Batzer Construction, is extremely dedicated to projects that help Southern Oregon Children.   Andy is a board member at Kid Time! and has been a key player in setting up the new downtown Medford location for Kid Time!   This week, he offered his take on the new location to  the Mail Tribune newspaper.

Kid Time! board member Andy Batzer said the high school dropout rate affects everyone.

“For every dollar we invest in quality early childhood programs, we as a society see a return of $13,” Batzer said. “The bulk of that is in criminal justice savings. That doesn’t include the $325 million in lost lifetime earnings from the estimated 1,000 children that don’t graduate every year in Jackson County alone.”

Kid Time! will provide a space for younger children from nearby Kids Unlimited and offer free admission to families of grantees, helping repay their support, Spicer said.

In the old location on Ross Lane near McAndrews, the center lacked visibility and access to public transportation and “people didn’t understand what we were,” she said. The center now sits on bus lines.

Andy’s commitment to serving our community runs deep, he serves on many community boards and he is dedicated to making the Rogue Valley a great place for families.

Mail Tribune: Batzer Construction Lands Hillside Elementary

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

January 15, 2011

Medford’s Batzer Construction Inc. has been awarded a $227,420 contract to do the groundwork for Eagle Point’s future Hillside Elementary School.

Batzer was selected out of 11 bidders and was awarded the contract after the lowest bidder, Medford’s Big J Construction Inc., withdrew its bid because of a mathematical error, said David McKay, director of the Project Solutions group at the Willamette Education Service District in Salem.

Groundwork construction is scheduled to begin in the next two weeks and includes removing unsuitable soil, hauling in crushed rock, constructing a rock pad for the building and creating a staging area for a contractor that will be chosen later to construct the school building.

Final design of the 54,000-square-foot building by Bend’s BBT Architects is expected to wrap up in about a month. Construction could begin as early as late March.

The district has about $12 million to finish the project.

The money comes from an insurance settlement over a fire at the old Eagle Point Junior High School. The district hopes to save some of that amount to use for other repair projects throughout the district, said Scott Whitman, the district’s business manager.

The school will be built next to and replace the 80-year-old Little Butte School, 12 N. Shasta Ave., which is over capacity and lacks modern conveniences such as centralized heat and air-conditioning.

The new school is slated to open its doors in January 2012.

Mail Tribune: Batzer picked to do groundwork for new Eagle Point school

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

January 13, 2011

Medford’s Batzer Construction Inc. has been awarded a $227,420 contract to prepare the site for Eagle Point’s future Hillside Elementary School.

Batzer was selected out of 11 bidders and was awarded the contract after the lowest bidder — Medford’s Big J Construction Inc. — withdrew its bid due to a mathematical error, said David McKay, director of the Project Solutions group at the Willamette Education Service District in Salem.

Groundwork is scheduled to begin in the next two weeks and includes removing unsuitable soil, hauling in crushed rock, constructing a rock pad for the building and creating a staging area for a contractor that will be chosen later to construct the school building.

Final design of the 54,000-square-foot building by Bend’s BBT Architects is expected to wrap up in about a month. Building construction could begin as early as late March. The school district has about $12 million to complete the project. The money comes from an insurance settlement over a fire at the old Eagle Point Junior High School. The district hopes to save some of that amount for other repair projects throughout the district, said Scott Whitman, the district’s business manager.

The school will be built next to and replace the 80-year-old Little Butte School, 12 N. Shasta Ave., which is over capacity and lacks modern conveniences such as centralized heat and air-conditioning.

The new school is slated to open its doors next January.

— Paris Achen

Mail Tribune: Signs of Economic Life in the Valley

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
January 02, 2011

Damian Mann

By Damian Mann

Mail Tribune

Athree-year recession has put Jackson County’s economy in the grips of a deep freeze, but experts say a long-awaited thaw might be in the offing.

“We are seeing those early signs that businesses are beginning to contemplate investments and expansions based on the recovery in the general economy,” said Ron Fox, executive director of Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc.

Though the area remains dogged by a 13.7 percent unemployment rate and the loss of manufacturing and construction jobs over the past three years, some high-tech companies and food-processing firms are looking at expanding, Fox said.

In addition, other distribution and high-tech companies are looking at relocating here, he said, adding that confidentiality agreements prevent him from disclosing their names.

Another good sign for companies: The ability to borrow from regional banks has improved markedly in the past six months, Fox said.

Temporary-employment agencies also reported an uptick in placements this year over last year, though many of the jobs pay only minimum wage.

Some companies have announced building plans or are pushing forward with projects:

Lithia Motors plans to start The Commons project in downtown Medford this spring. The company will start bulldozing old buildings to make way for its 65,000-square-foot headquarters.

The building and adjacent park space on two city blocks between Riverside Avenue, East Sixth, East Fifth and Bartlett streets is funded by Lithia and the Medford Urban Renewal Agency with hopes of revitalizing downtown.

Lithia has been a strong performer in the stock market, trading at about $5 a share a year ago but more than $14 a share now.

  • Murphy Co. of Eugene reopened the plywood plant in Rogue River in December, hiring 108 workers initially.
  • Jefferson State Forest Products will open a bin manufacturing facility in Grants Pass in 2011 as it closes down its plant in Hayfork, Calif. The company will hire 15 workers initially.
  • Best Buy established its Medford store in August, and Bed, Bath and Beyond will open in the former Linens ‘N’ Things space at the Rogue Valley Mall in the next few months.
  • In the fall, construction on a dentist’s office began at Lone Pine Square, a 180,000-square-foot professional and retail center at North Foothill and Lone Pine roads, after the project sat dormant for four years because of the economy.
  • Batzer Construction has submitted plans to transform the former Moose Lodge into a 40,000-square-foot commercial center known as Pioneer Market Place on the southeast corner of Ross Lane and West McAndrews Road.
  • Jackson County has started preliminary work on a project that could cost up to $14 million to expand the jail and build a new headquarters for the sheriff off Highway 62.

For some areas of the local economy, however, the effects from the recession linger. The Associated General Contractors of America reported this week that 120 of the 337 metropolitan areas in the U.S. it surveyed posted gains in construction employment, but the Medford area had a 10-percent drop in construction employment from November 2009 to November 2010.

Stuart Osmus of Terrasurvey Inc. in Ashland said surveying work has plummeted, and he doesn’t see many jobs lined up for next year.

“This was our worst year,” he said.

In 2009, the company’s second-worst year since it opened 10 years earlier, state road and building projects provided virtually the only construction work in the county, he said.

With no houses being built, property owners don’t need surveys to find their boundaries. With lot prices so low, property owners don’t want to spend the money for surveying.

“Development has really come to a halt,” Osmus said.

Nevertheless, he said he’s seen a little more activity lately. Some property owners who had been hesitant to spend money for a project because of the economy have decided to go ahead rather than wait indefinitely.

Osmus said he goes to Grants Pass and other areas to get jobs in a highly competitive market.

“We’re still in business, and we’re happy to be still working,” he said.

Brenda Edwards, regional manager of Personnel Source of Medford, said temporary hiring was better overall in 2010 than 2009.

“It was better than a year ago, but not as good as five years ago,” she said.

Most of the jobs are minimum wage, meaning they often don’t pay as well as unemployment checks, she said. And families find that a minimum-wage job doesn’t pay enough to cover a babysitter and a second car so that both parents can work.

Edwards said the manufacturing base in the county has been severely undermined, as well, so there is a dearth of higher paying jobs.

“Look around White City — the buildings are empty,” she said. “Many of the buildings have been dismantled. Even if the economy picks up, where are we going to send our workers?”

Edwards said the hiring of temporary workers was good in the fall, but she doesn’t see a lot of activity for January so far, adding that she believes the economy is still fragile in Jackson County.

“It doesn’t feel extremely strong,” she said. “It feels tentative.”

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476, or e-mail dmann@mailtribune.com.

Mail Tribune: Pioneer Market Place

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

December 03, 2010
By
Greg Stiles

From empty field to Pioneer Market Place

Batzer Construction wants to turn the former Moose Lodge property into a commercial center

A fallow field in west Medford is due for a major change.

Batzer Construction has submitted plans to transform the former Moose Lodge property into a 40,000-square-foot commercial center known as Pioneer Market Place on the southeast corner of Ross Lane and West McAndrews Road.

The majority of the 7.6-acre parcel, owned by several Batzer partners, was acquired in March 2008 for $2.7 million from the Rogue Valley Children’s Discovery Museum, which operates Kid Time! Discovery Experience.

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101203/BIZ/12030321

Medford Food Co-Op Groundbreaking!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

On Thursday, one of our hottest days of the summer, we held groundbreaking ceremony for the Medford Food Co-op project.   This project will help bring 25 jobs to the community.  The motto of the co-op is “Local food and local choices.”   We’re excited to get this project going.

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Mail Tribune “Medford Co-Op Starts Renovations Today”

North High Renovations Get High Marks

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Batzer Construction recently built a new library and added a student “Commons” to the NMHS campus……

The North Medford High School library has been converted into a commons area and a new library built as an addition.Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell

The North Medford High School library has been converted into a commons area and a new library built as an addition.Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell

July 09, 2010
By Paris Achen

A new 7,485-square-foot library opened in the spring, and the old library was converted into a 5,389-square-foot commons area. The dreary, rotting exterior and roof — once occupied by flocks of birds — have been replaced and painted a pale beige, brightening up the campus.

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“Medford Food Co-op Finds Home”

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

May 15,2010

“After months spent searching for the right spot, Medford Food Co-op members voted unanimously Friday to sign a lease to open a store in a nearly 9,000-square-foot building on South Riverside Avenue.”

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To find out more about owning a share of the Medford Food C0-0p, visit their webpage.

http://medfordfoodcoop.com/how-you-can-help/purchase-member-subscriptions/

“Cheers and…cheers”- Mail Tribune

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

May 13, 2010

“Cheers — to the Medford Co-op, which now has a potential home, convenient to both sides of Medford, just off South Riverside Avenue near Barnett Road.thanks to a deal with the property owner, Batzer Construction. The co-op organization still must raise enough money to open, but having a location should help that effort along. A tip of the hat also to Russ Batzer, president of the construction firm, for agreeing to an affordable lease and chipping in remodeling costs.”

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“Medford Food Co-op looks to old Rudolph’s restaurant”

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

“Medford Food Co-op looks to old Rudolph’s restaurant”

May 7, 2010

Click Here to read more of the Mail Tribune article about how Batzer Construction is working with the board of Medford Food Co-0p to find them a home for their grocery store.

“The building sits on 1.2 acres and has about 50 parking spaces. There is room for expansion on the property, both in the square footage of the building and the number of parking places, Batzer said.

The vision of the co-op is to provide a community-owned market offering organic, local and free-trade foods.

“We are just looking forward to it opening,” Batzer said. “How could it not be good for the community?”

For more information, see www.medfordfoodcoop.com.”

The property being leased from Batzer is 945 S. Riverside Ave, Medford Ore.  and will be fully renovated in preparation for opening of the new Food Co-Op.

“Medford Co-op reaches lease deal”

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

May 6, 2010

“The Medford Food Co-op is poised to sign a lease deal with Batzer Construction….”

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We’re very excited about this project.  This store is an example of choosing local business and local jobs for our community.  The Co-op will have employees of its own, and also will be an outlet for local food which will help support other small business and farms in our valley and region.

We’re thinking about business differently, and this project is one of the ways.

May 7, 2010

Medford Food Co-op nears deal to lease building”

Mail Tribune- “People in Business”

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010


January 23, 2010

“People in Business”

“Batzer Construction President Russ Batzer has been elected to the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors 2010 board of directors. Batzer has been involved at AGC since 1998.

AGC provides its members with a forum for exchange of ideas and services designed to enhance the professionalism of the construction industry, including workers’ compensation and health insurance; legislative and governmental representation; safety and loss control consulting; training and apprenticeship programs; and education and pension programs.”

Project News- Jackson & Roosevelt Elementary

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Jackson & Roosevelt Elementary Schools in Medford are nearly complete.  Project Manager, Brett Smith, has done a great job working the two different sites on the same construction schedule.

In a quick revisit of those projects, here’s some of the project news highlights:

Mail Tribune 7/1/2009- Russ Batzer on Oregon Small Business Advisory Council

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

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Russ Batzer

Medford’s Mail Tribune reported on Russ Batzer being appointed by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski to serve on the Oregon Small Business Advisory Council. According to the govner the  Council “members bring a critical perspective to the table. They are my eyes and ears out in the small business community,” he said.

Russ Batzer is president of Batzer Construction and has worked with hundreds of businesses throughout Oregon.    Russ’s term is three years and he expects to hold various town hall meetings to hear from the small business community and take that information back to the Advisory Council to make recommendations to the Governor.