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Dr. Jimz supplements
just what a crop needs
For the Capital Press
Not everybody fulfills a lifelong ambition but Jim
Zamzow of Boise, Idaho, has done just that. Develop-
ing a chain of 12 garden centers in the Boise area and his
own line of soil supplements does not compare with the
satisfaction of fulfilling his decades-long goal of devel-
oping what he calls the world’s most perfect fertilizer.
“Jim has learned from the best,” Dr. JimZ Direc-
tor of Marketing Lars Knutsen said. “This guy is not
guessing about anything. There have been several test
batches over the years, and he believes that Chicken
Soup for the Soil is perfect. In the two years since com-
ing to market it has accumulated nearly 30,000 custom-
ers, a number we expect will quadruple this year.”
Chicken Soup for the Soil is not just any fertilizer,
he said.
“It looks like a liquid but seen under a microscope
it’s actually made of microscopic nutrient clusters that
start moving around,” Knutsen said. “They are col-
loidal, so they bind to the soil’s organic matter, are
non-leaching and over time accumulate in the soil.”
Friday, February 5, 2021
Pacific Building Systems sells directly to farmers
For the Capital Press
The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 was
the driving force behind Pacific Building
Systems, which is still going strong after
nearly six decades.
“My grandfather, Fletcher Prince, and
three of his friends wanted to help out local
farmers with rebuilding,” Nick Prince said.
“They started a repair business — Truss-T
Structures — and would go out and fix or
rebuild their barns and other structures.
“They figured it would take a couple years
and then they’d have to go find other jobs,”
Prince said, “but they started getting new
projects and it took off from there.”
Still based in Woodburn, Ore., Pacific
Building Systems is a third-generation busi-
ness owned by Prince, Sandy Trahan and
Kailong Luo, the head engineer.
In the early 1980s the business stopped
doing onsite construction to focus on
Employing a crew of about 50, PBS is
Brenna Wiegand/For the Capital Press
Owners Nick Prince, left, and Sandy
Trahan at Pacific Building Systems in
Woodburn, Ore. The third-generation
business got its start in the wake of the
1962 Columbus Day Storm.
now spread over 7 acres. Over the past 60
years the company has manufactured more
than 10,000 metal and steel structures for the
industrial, commercial, agricultural, aviation,
government and community sectors.
“Our family-owned, full-service facility
includes design, drafting and engineering as
well as fabrication and shipping and a com-
prehensive components department,” Trahan
said. “We are able to do some complex things
according to each customer’s specific needs.”
As in generations past, independence,
flexibility and easy access are among the
things that set PBS apart.
“We sell direct to the farmer and help him
where he needs it, start to finish — and that
is an advantage to our customer base and to
us,” Trahan said.
“Another thing that makes us unique and
that we are very proud of is having in-house
Certified Weld Inspectors,” Trahan said.
“This requires us to have the CWIs on site
to teach our guys and to inspect the welds
and make sure that we were running a top-
tier program.
“This includes all of the materials we bring
in and our drafting and engineering services,”
he added. “It requires us to record everything
we do and takes a lot of work, time, energy
and money, but it keeps us accountable to our
customers and to each other.”
Equilus Capital Partners offers REITs
For the Capital Press
Joel Frank formed Equilus Capital Partners in
2015 after being advised by a previous employer
that the company was going to be sold.
As a financial adviser, Frank had observed
in the portfolios he managed that, historically,
REITs (real estate investment trusts) outper-
formed the stock and bond markets.
He is now in partnership with Paul Bondo
in the Wenatchee, Wash.-based Equilus Capital
“Joel’s vision for the company was to grow
a multi-generation legacy from a sustainable
model where all the players thrive,” said Rhonda
Frank, his wife and vice president of marketing
and business development.
Equilus Capital Partners, a private capital
equity firm, analyzes and procures income-pro-
ducing real estate ventures throughout the
Pacific Northwest. Property is held in a REIT,
and the underlying assets are owned entirely by
the investors.
Investors receive their share of 90% of the
income produced in quarterly dividends. Tax
deductions from expenses and other tax benefits
are also passed on to investors.
“Our clients have worked hard to build their
nest eggs,” Rhonda Frank said. “Our team is
dedicated to preserving our clients’ wealth
and providing tax-advantaged growth and sta-
bility through income-generating real estate