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In my August column I wrote about what a challenging year this has been – a global pandemic, nationwide social unrest, a deep economic recession. And now, unimaginably, our beloved state has faced yet another crisis of historic proportions: September wildfires that devastated communities; destroying homes, businesses, and livelihoods.

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Q&A: Kim Medford, VP & General Counsel ENTEK Kim Medford VP & General Counsel Tell us about ENTEK. What do you do? ENTEK is a global manufacturing company headquartered in Lebanon, Oregon. We have three manufacturing companies under our umbrella. The first makes battery separators for cars, trucks, boats, golf carts, and lawn and ... Read More
Q&A: Bill Thorndike, President Medford Fabrication Bill Thorndike President Tell us about Medford Fabrication. What do you do? Medford Fabrication is a diverse metals fabrication, assembly and finishing services company. Medford serves many industries, some as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and others as a partner in carrying ... Read More
Q&A: Scott Hamlin, CEO & Founder Looptworks Scott Hamlin CEO & Founder Tell us about Looptworks. What do you do? Looptworks is a brand providing zero-waste-to-landfill solutions and products for textiles. We work together with companies to divert excess textiles via upcycling, downcycling and closed loop solutions for ... Read More
Q&A: Andrew Neilson, President ESCO Division, The Weir Group ESCO Division Andrew Neilson President ESCO Division, The Weir Group Tell us about ESCO. What do you do? We engineer and manufacture technology that is used in some of the harshest environments on earth. That includes mining hard rock, which produces the copper that is essential ... Read More
Q&A: Sam Tannahill, Co-Founder A to Z Wineworks Sam Tannahill Co-Founder Tell us about A to Z Wineworks. What do you do? A to Z Wineworks is a wine label that purchases grapes from vineyards all over Oregon to produce and bottle our own wine. In 2007 we purchased Rex Hill Winery, making it our luxury boutique brand while having a base ... Read More
Q&A: Tony Lawrence, Founder/Brewmaster Boneyard Beer Tony Lawrence Founder/Brewmaster Tell us about Boneyard. What do you do? Primarily, we manufacture high quality liquids: Beer, of course, and also a non-alcoholic CBD Elixir. In addition, we operate a pub in Bend. We brew in 50-barrel batches (1,500 gallons) and produce 30,000 barrels a ... Read More

2020 has proven to be quite a year for all of us, and for me it has underscored the need for a strong voice for business in our state, and an organized and effective business community.

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For more information call: Nathaniel Brown, government relations representative: or 971-219-5561 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OBI, OBC and PBA thank Gov. Kate Brown for her leadership in the effort to resolve the ongoing challenges in downtown Portland. In addition to the joint statement by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler ... Read More

The economic impacts from COVID-19 are staggering. This is not news to any OBI member, and, indeed, I have written about these impacts in this column in previous months. Our members have proven to be some of the most innovative, generous, and adaptable businesses in the state, if not the country – but none of them are impervious to the crisis at hand.

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