Business & economy

The backup in global supply chain reaches to Malheur County

Mara Kirby Garcia, co-owner of Kinney Bros & Keele True Value Hardware in Ontario, said the global supply shortage has made some products hard to get. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

VALE – For Malinda Castleberry, the first hint there was a major issue with the global supply chain arrived last spring.

The owner of Mal’s Diner in Vale, Castleberry’s usual routine to stock her diner was to order with a reasonable expectation the products would arrive on time.

Then things began to change.

First there was shortage of to-go boxes.

“We couldn’t get them anywhere. Then it was cups,” said Castleberry.

The shortages continued through the summer and then worsened to the point where Castleberry could not order restaurant staples like bacon and lettuce.

Then . . .