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Happy New Year! With the arrival of 2020, so also arrives the end of my tenure as chair of OBI’s board of directors. I’ll soon be passing the torch to Karen Vineyard, OBI’s first vice chair and Bank of America Merrill Lynch market executive for global commercial banking.

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Oregon is a wide ranging and diverse state, with many different regions, people and opinions. That’s why, when OBI recently conducted a poll, we did a larger than usual voter sample so we could compare how Oregonians in different regions of our state feel about how things are going.

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Oregon voters are giving mixed reviews to a handful of proposed measures aimed at the 2020 general ballot, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) in October.

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Oregon Business & Industry is welcoming a new vice president, membership development and strategic partnerships. Nancy Marquay begins in the new position at OBI in November.

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It’s no surprise transportation is an important part of doing business in Oregon. We need ways to move our products into and out of the state, and within Oregon’s borders. Whether it’s shipping the products we manufacture, sending items to retailers and stores, bringing crops from fields to processors, or getting items directly to our customers – it all happens on Oregon’s roads, waterways and railways.

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The 2019 Statesman Dinner was a big success! Despite obstacles that fell in our laps – like the ceiling collapse at the Portland Art Museum – we were able to rise above and dedicate a night to those who serve the state of Oregon.

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PORTLAND – Oregon Business & Industry gave its highest honors to former Gov. Ted Kulongoski and legendary Oregon businessman Gerry Frank by naming them Statesmen of the Year at the 2019 Statesman Dinner.

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Friday Oct. 4 was National Manufacturing Day, and OBI celebrated by promoting our manufacturing members all week long, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6.

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Portland Q&A: Steve Zika, CEO By Jan Mitchell Steve Zika CEO Describe what your company does. How many employees do you have? Hampton Lumber is a fourth-generation, family-owned wood products manufacturer and forestland owner, with roughly 1,700 employees. In addition to the lumber we produce at our mills, our wholesale business markets ... Read More
Redmond Q&A: Mark Eberhard, Owner and General Manager By Jan Mitchell Mark Eberhard Owner and General Manager Describe what your company does. How many employees do you have? Eberhard’s Dairy, located in Redmond, is the last remaining dairy processing plant east of the Cascades in Oregon. We manufacture and distribute a full line of ... Read More