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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

The light bulb is known as the symbol of a good idea, but it can symbolize something else: how technology changes over time. It’s gone from a piece of filament in a glass bulb to efficient LEDs, automated lighting for energy savings and even car headlights that adjust autonomously.

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Things are bright for manufacturing in Oregon. The sector is growing, increasing jobs and wages for Oregon workers. Manufacturers are still looking for well-trained workers. Those workers will become all the more valuable in the future as the industry continues to grow and current workers retire. 

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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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