Joshua Dillen
The Baker City Herald

One of Baker City’s larger manufacturing companies is expanding its facility.

A contractor for Natural Structures has applied to the planning department to add an additional 4,000 square feet to the company’s existing 25,700-square-foot manufacturing facility on 10th Street.

Demand for the company’s stainless steel slides in particular has contributed to the need for the $250,000 expansion, said the company’s part owner, Jodie Hausotter.

She said their international market is growing.

“Since adding the stainless steel slides, we have seen an increased demand,” Hausotter said. “It’s our fastest growing product at the moment.”

The company, which employs 62 people, also manufactures plastic pool and water slides; outdoor shelters, pavilions and various other outdoor structures; outdoor tables and benches, bike racks and litter receptacles.

Natural Structures will add a few employees after completion of the expansion project, which is expected to be late summer, Hausotter said.

The building will be used for indoor material storage and staging for the manufacturing facility as well as increasing manufacturing capacity.

Natural Structures moved from Portland to Baker City in 2003.