PENDLETON, Ore. — The former headquarters of Pendleton Grain Growers has been sold to a La Grande, Ore., company.

More than five years after members of the grain cooperative voted to dissolve the organization, PGG agreed to sell its 42,000-square-foot building to the La Grande-based Braseth Properties for $1.8 million, according to Umatilla County property records.

The new owners posted a sign at the building advertising commercial driver and sales positions, but they did not return a request for comment as of press time.

Braseth Properties does business as Eastern Oregon Rentals & Storage, a personal storage company with facilities in La Grande and Island City.

The Braseth family also has other enterprises in the La Grande area. The family also owns the similarly named Eastern Oregon Rentals & Sales, a heavy equipment rental company with locations in La Grande, Pendleton and Baker City. The Braseths bought Eastern Oregon Rentals & Sales in 1989, four years after they acquired Mountain West Moving & Storage, another La Grande business.

Once a steadfast presence through Eastern Oregon, PGG sold its assets after the dissolution vote in 2015. In the years that followed, PGG sold its energy division, upcountry elevators and terminals to other companies. The co-op’s Umatilla County retailers all were sold and repurposed.

But PGG’s Pendleton properties took a little longer to sell. The former PGG Energy building was sold in 2020 to Hines Meat Co., a La Grande butchery that now uses the facility as a store and restaurant.

The McGregor Co. of Colfax, Wash., completed acquisition of the PGG grain division and the McKennon Station seed processing center, which will continue to operate under the Pendleton Grain Growers banner.

But the centerpiece of PGG’s holdings was its headquarters at 1000 S.W. Dorion Ave. The facility includes the co-op’s former retail showroom, automotive service center and warehouse.

By the time the building went up for auction with a reserve price of nearly $2 million, PGG had lowered the asking price from $2.1 million. When PGG completed the sale of the building on July 23, Braseth Properties bought the property for roughly the same amount as its assessed value.

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