2020 Celebrating Manufacturers

Manufacturers keep Oregon’s economy thriving. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, our manufacturers kept working to provide critical products to Oregonians, Americans and people all over the world. Like all industries, our manufacturers were not immune to the economic impacts of COVID-19. But, they have proven resilient and innovative, and it’s our privilege to showcase many of them during this event and throughout the week leading up to it. 

OBI’s Celebrating Manufacturers event is an annual celebration of the important work they do – as well as a great learning experience for all Oregonians!

Explore the videos and profiles below for a look at our 2020 Celebrating Manufacturers event. 

Manufacturing in Oregon by the Numbers


jobs in Oregon are in this sector, representing about 9.8% of employment in Oregon, compared to the national rate of 8.2%.


of Oregon's GDP is supported by the manufacturing sector, compared to 11.4% of the U.S. economy.


manufacturing businesses in Oregon according to the QCEW data, representing about 4% of all establishments.

Why is Manufacturing so Important to Oregon’s Economy?
Hear what ECONorthwest President & CEO John Tapogna had to say during our 2020 Celebrating Manufacturers event.


Virtual Manufacturing Tour

A-dec, Inc.



Pondarosa Forge & Ironworks, Inc.



Celebrating Manufacturers with Legislators & Business Leaders

Sen. Betsy Johnson, Sen. Lew Frederick and Rep. Daniel Bonham joined Kim Medford of ENTEK, Chad Paulson of Blount, and Marv Nelson of A-dec for a discussion on challenges and opportunities to support Oregon’s manufacturing sector.

OBI Member Profiles