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  1. ofni.1416779904swen-1416779904rats@1416779904snikr1416779904epdet1416779904
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 23:37:39

    Don’t forget Nicolai Door

    Editor:

    I enjoyed reading your article about Kenton (“Crazy for Kenton,” January 2014) but you left out one of Kenton’s largest employers, Nicolai Door. I worked there from 1974 until they closed the plant in 1987. More than 300 people worked there when I started in 1974, and 6,543 had worked there since 1939. I know that because my seniority number was 6,544, and the numbers stated with 1 in 1939 with the ratification of the union contract.

    A lot of the Nicolai Door employees lived in Kenton and St. Johns. It was an interesting place. A lot of local businesses on Denver Avenue and, to a lesser extent, Interstate Avenue depended on Nicolai employees’ business in those days. Several businesses even brought in extra cash on payday so the workers could cash their checks (and hopefully spend some there). I remember seeing $5,000-$10,000 worth of checks being cashed in one place routinely. I currently receive a small pension from my employment there.

    Gregory S. Gibbs

    The Hollywood Star News welcomes letters to the editor. All we ask is that you write legibly and at reasonable length about a local issue. Mail your letter to the Hollywood Star News, 2000 N.E. 42nd Ave., PMB 142, Portland, OR 97213 or send an e-mail to ofni.1416779904swen-1416779904rats@1416779904lairo1416779904tide1416779904.

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