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Oregon Shepherd,  LLC is a small Oregon-based sheep wool products development company formed in 2002 by Joel and Kay Pynch and Margaret Magruder. The owners have a lifetime involvement in agriculture with a specific interest in sheep and wool.


For over 40 years, Margaret Magruder has been an active partner in Magruder Farms, previously a diversified livestock operation, now primarily engaged in sheep production.  Margaret received her Bachelor’s Degree from Willamette University (Salem, Oregon) and a Masters Degree from Syracuse University (New York).

 

Ms. Magruder initiated and managed a project exploring alternative uses of wool for the Oregon Sheep Growers Association (OSGA), resulting in several innovative new products that are being developed and tested.  This work led quite naturally to the formation of Oregon Shepherd, LLC and the development of a business and marketing plan to bring these products to market.

 

Joel and Kay Pynch raise sheep, cattle, ryegrass and horses on their Halsey, Oregon farm. Joel received a bachelor degree in agriculture education from Oregon State University and was a vocational agriculture teacher for more than 30 years. He has served on multiple boards relating to agri-business including president of the Oregon Vocational Educators Association and project coordinator for the Oregon Lamb Board. His broad and lengthy experience in the hands-on application of equipment and processes is brought to bear in design and implementation of the process lines for production of the insulation materials.  Joel’s broad background includes more than 10 years as a general building contractor.  Kay brings her experience in advertising, media sales and design to the mix to round out the ownership team.

 

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Wool Insulation and Natural Insulation Company Moves into New Building, Hires More Staff to Handle Growth of its Sheep Wool Insulation

 

Unique niche and superior products in the alternative insulation materials category have contributed to Oregon Shepherd’s move to an 18,000 square foot manufacturing facility and increased need for additional insulation installers nationwide.

 

Oregon Shepherd, a leading sheep wool insulation producer is proud to announce it has moved into a new 18,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Rainier, Oregon.

 

According to Bob Workman, general manager at Oregon Shepherd, “The last 12 months has been incredible for us in terms of streamlining our manufacturing process, getting the word out through our marketing efforts and executing on our overall strategic plan. Apparently we are doing something right because our sales continue to grow at a rapid pace.”

 

“Rainier is a great place and the city made it very easy for us…we’re glad to be here. We now have the means to keep up with current and future demand for years to come,” continued Workman. “In addition to upgrading our manufacturing, we are also proud to welcome Kelly Donnelly to our sales and marketing team.”

 

Donnelly, a seasoned veteran in both sales and marketing will be following up with builders, installers, remodelers and consumers. In addition, she will represent the company at trade shows, industry events and handling all media inquiries.

 

“I am excited about the opportunities here at Oregon Shepherd,” said Kelly. “The products have a lot to offer consumers in terms of quality, ease of installation and of course being a renewable resource.” “Even though this is a niche within the insulation industry, it is really poised for growth especially as remodeling and new home sales continue to improve.”

 

About Oregon Shepherd, LLC
Oregon Shepherd, LLC was formed in 2003 by Joel Pynch and Margaret Magruder with the specific goal of expanding traditional markets for natural wool products. Workman was engaged in 2009 as a management consultant to develop the process, patents, and machinery to manufacture wool insulation for the US market. To learn more about PermaLoft® and PermaBatt® natural wool insulation contact Bob Workman at 888-629-WOOL(9665)

 

Oregon Shepherd, A Natural Wool Insulation Company Expands Product Line – Introduces Innovative PermaBatt Wool Building Insulation

 

Homeowners looking for environmentally friendly ways to minimize their “carbon foot print” and reduce overall energy costs are selecting Natural Wool and Sheep Wool Insulation.

 

Portland, OR — Oregon Shepherd, a leading Natural Wool and Home Insulation producer is proud to announce its new PermaBatt® line of sheep wool insulation products.  PermaBatt® is a natural Insulation for walls and other framing in the home.

 

According to Bob Workman, general manager at Oregon Shepherd, “PermaBatt® is a natural extension to our current products and fills a need that our customers have been asking us for.”

 

“As homeowners and businesses alike look towards alternative ways to tap into our country’s renewable resources, natural wool is becoming the insulation of choice for many,” continued  Workman.”  “PermaBatt® natural insulation is ideal for remodeling or retrofit projects and can either be hand placed or blown into vertical cavities between framing members in walls.”

 

In addition to the superior insulation properties, PermaBatt® utilizes a proprietary, ultra fine mesh to retain the insulation in vertical framing spaces, ceilings, or under floors. The depth of the installation provides the criteria for the R-factor appropriate for the particular installation According to the company, this unique method has received praise from builders, architects and homeowners alike.

 

Oregon Shepherd’s , PermaBatt® insulation products result in zero VOC emissions, both during their manufacture and in use. They provide superior breathability, improve indoor air quality, and are non-allergenic. As a result, they are completely safe to handle and install without the need for protective equipment typically used during traditional fiberglass insulation.

 



Oregon Shepherd, Producers of Natural Sheep Wool Insulation Awarded Prestigious Grant from the USDA to Expand Marketing Capacity of the Company

 

Homeowners and small businesses across the USA looking for environmentally friendly ways to minimize their “carbon foot print” and reduce overall energy costs are selecting Natural Wool and Sheep Wool Insulation.

 

Portland, OR — Oregon Shepherd, a premier producer of natural sheep wool insulation is proud to announce that it has received a business development grant from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand the marketing capacity of the organization.

 

“As homeowners and businesses alike look towards alternative ways to tap into our country’s renewable resources, sheep wool has increasingly become the insulation of choice for many”, says Bob Workman, General Manager of this Portland based company.  “We have developed a unique process to use sheep wool as an extremely efficient and effective insulation material”, continued Workman.

 

According to the company, wool insulation in your floors, walls, and ceiling spaces, can literally “inhale” the moisture and contaminates, briefly store them, then release them to the outside atmosphere as the outdoor temperature and humidity change.  This system of passive air exchange works in your home year round, with no cost to operate.

 

In addition to the superior insulation properties, Oregon Shepherd’s loose fill insulation products result in zero VOC emissions, both during their manufacture and in use. They provide superior breathability, improve indoor air quality, and are non-allergenic. As a result, they are completely safe to handle and install without the need for protective equipment typically used during traditional fiberglass insulation.

 

“Thanks to USDA, we now have additional resources to educate consumers, homeowners and small business owners about the unique benefits that natural sheep wool insulation can provide.  This is a very exciting time for our company and we are ramping up our production capabilities for what we believe will unprecedented growth”, said Workman

 

About Oregon Shepherd, LLC

Oregon Shepherd, LLC was formed in 2003 by Joel Pynch and Margaret Magruder with the specific goal of expanding traditional markets for natural wool products.  Several years later they invested in plant and equipment to manufacture wool insulation for the US market.  To learn more about natural wool insulation contact Bob Workman at 888-629-9665 or go to http://www.OregonShepherd.com.