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Medford Q&A: Maralee Tucker Sullivan, CEO By Jan Mitchell Maralee Tucker Sullivan CEO Describe what your company does. How many employees do you have? Tucker Sno-Cat Corporation designs, manufactures and sells machines for snow grooming, snow removal, search and rescue, ambulance, avalanche control, oil and gas exploration, mining, ... Read More
Bend Q&A: Michael LaLonde, President & CEO By Jan Mitchell Michael LaLonde President and CEO Describe what your company does. How many employees do you have? Deschutes Brewery is a family- and employee-owned craft brewery. Deschutes brews, packages and ships craft beer to 31 states within the U.S. and to several countries. Deschutes ... Read More
Portland Q&A: Bruce Iredale, VP and General Manager By Jan Mitchell Bruce Iredale VP and General Manager Describe what your company does. How many employees do you have? We’re a producer of steel plate and coil that are then processed by our customers to make distinct products ranging from rail cars, barges, cranes, heavy ... Read More
Salem Q&A: Chris Sarles, CEO By Jan Mitchell Chris Sarles CEO Describe what your company does. How many employees do you have? We are a family-owned fruit processor in the Willamette Valley, offering a complete line of canned, frozen and shelf-stable premium fruit for consumers, food service operators and ingredient sales. We bring fruit to ... Read More
Portland Q&A: John Bishop, President & CEO By Jan Mitchell John Bishop President & CEO Describe what your company does. How many employees do you have? Pendleton creates quality products that embody craftsmanship, enrich lives and connect generations. Perhaps best known for its original product, blankets, Pendleton currently offers ... Read More

For the last few years, it’s been clear that a new day has dawned for retail. Customers no longer feel they have to go into stores: Virtually everything can get delivered to our homes, sometimes the same day we order it, and if we feel like driving to the store, we can opt for ordering online and picking up our merchandise at the curb.

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American manufacturing is enjoying a resurgence, powered by demand and innovation. But alongside this resurgence lies a mounting challenge facing nearly every manufacturer – attracting and retaining skilled talent. However, there are actions employers can take to put the right tools and people in place to ultimately propel their companies and the manufacturing industry forward.

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Oregon workers’ compensation law exempts many truck drivers who own or lease the motor vehicle equipment they drive from workers’ compensation coverage. To be exempt from coverage, the driver must have an ownership or leasehold interest in equipment, and the driver must furnish, operate and maintain the equipment.

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This week, our board member Lori Olund, president of Miles Fiberglass and Composites, joined Congressman Kurt Schrader for a meeting in Oregon City to discuss the importance of trade to Oregon jobs and, specifically, the proposed US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), now pending in the U.S. House.

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Each legislative session seems to add to the weight of employment regulations on businesses, and the 2019 legislative session is certainly no exception. OBI has been busy since January communicating to legislators about how different employment-related bills could impact the day-to-day operations of businesses across the state.

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