Orange Tour: Opening Doors for Families and Youth
The Larson family is all about doors. First they design them, then they build them — beautiful, intricate, wooden doors — then they open them for members of their community by providing jobs, leadership, and support in the town of Lakeview, Ore.
In the early 1990s, with a history in the wood products business, Roger Larson began focusing his energy on building top-quality wooden doors and windows. After graduating from OSU in 1992 with a degree in manufacturing engineering, Roger’s son, Greg, and Greg’s wife, Suzy, joined the family business and created Pacific Pine Products.
Together the Larsons developed and incorporated new technology and processes into the business that enabled them to grow the business and establish themselves in both niche home design markets, and as a trusted wholesaler for high-quality doors.
“We bring in all types of wood, and make our selections based on customer requests,” says Suzy Larson, who also graduated from OSU. “More and more we’re using barn and other reclaimed wood to make truly beautiful, custom doors.”
Pacific Pine Products provides 50 jobs in a town of about 2300 people, and the Larson’s work hard to protect their employees even during hard economic times.
“Lakeview is more than a small town, and this is more than just a job.” says Suzy Larson. “We’re a community and this is our home.”
The Larsons dedication reaches beyond their business’s walls. Greg has served on the school board for more than a decade and Suzy is heavily involved with OSU Extension 4H as a club leader, in part because the couples three girls all participate in 4H programming.
“The majority of kids in our school district are involved in 4H in one way or another,” she says. “Fair is a big event around here, and the community turns out as a whole to support its kids.”
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