Thursday, June 4, 2009

Many Businesses Opening Around the State

As we reported last week, there are many businesses opening in Oregon, even during these turbulant economic times. Mostly the businesses are small, but a few large openings and projects include:

· The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to repair the jetty at Tillamook Bay and dredge the entrance to Garibaldi’s harbor. The projects will cost about $13.3 million and provide up to 100 jobs. Headlight Herald, 5-12-09

· The Bureau of Land Management’s Vale District, which responds to fires over an area stretching from the southern end of Malheur County into southeast Washington, is gearing up for another fire season. Fifty-nine full-time and 67 seasonal people will be based in the Vale District. Argus Observer, 5-17-09

· Federal stimulus dollars will put as many as 75 low-income youth to work this summer in Klamath and Lake counties through the Central Intergovernmental Councils’ Youth Employment Program. Herald and News, 5-6-09

· Trammel Crow Co. plans to break ground on a four-story, 79,000-square-foot building at the Riverfront Research Park in Eugene in August. It will be leased to the Oregon Research Institute and the Educational Policy Improvement Center. Register-Guard, 6-2-09

Unfortunately, there were also a few large businesses which announced they were closing or reducing employees in the last week. A couple of these were:

· The Vale School District will eliminate two certified and 10 half-time classified positions to cope with tight budgets. The district will not have to close its school in Willowcreek as was earlier feared. Argus Observer, 5-20-09

· Nypro Oregon Inc. – a maker of plastic molding products for the health care, electronics, telecommunications, and consumer markets – will close its Corvallis plant and lay off 62 workers by November 30. Portland Business Journal, 6-2-09

Check out the full list of business openings, closings, etc. during the last week in our Around the State newsletter.

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