The heat is on

Train-shaped barbeques help power a White City business.

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White City residents Jim and Penny Oberlander run Iron Horse Barbeque and are still seeing profits during a poor economy. Iron Horse benefits from a unique product: Barbeques that are shaped like steam engines, and models that grill partially or completely with infrared heat.

Iron Horse owners Jim and Penny Oberlander have been making the distinctive locomotive barbecues for rental companies and amusement park operators across the U.S. since 2004. They’ve also sold units in Panama, Honduras and Canada. They began selling traditional charcoal-fueled barbecues, but have recently developed two new units. One cooks with infrared heat; the other uses a 50/50 mix of infrared and charcoal.

The Oberlanders sold 10 units last year and expect to sell at least that many during 2009.

“Some of our clients haven’t been hit as hard by the recession,” Penny Oberlander said.

Read the full story in the Medford Mail Tribune.

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