Thursday, June 18, 2009

What's Up With Businesses Around the State?

This week, another school district announced cuts, this time in Central Oregon:

· Crook County School District cut 45 positions including 22 teachers. Twenty-three certified positions were eliminated with resignations and retirements. Central Oregonian, 6-13-09

The City of Portland also announced layoffs:

· The City of Portland laid off 90 workers in its Bureau of Development Services, which processes building and land-use permits and inspects plumbing, electrical, and other construction work. The bureau relies on fees paid by developers and homeowners, and gets no money from the city’s general fund. The Oregonian, 6-17-09

But Grant County is adding a couple workers:

· Citing an increased workload, Grant County is recalling two of the four employees laid off from its road department. Blue Mountain Eagle, 6-10-09

There was also some good news from the Eugene area, which saw a lot of job loss over the past year as many manufacturers contracted or closed:

· About 100 employees are now working at the Monaco RV manufacturing plant in Coburg. It was bought out of bankruptcy by Navistar International Corp. Register-Guard, 6-11-09

· Mohawk Metal, a Eugene metal fabrication shop, has added seven workers since December and plans to add seven more to its new installation department in the coming months. Register-Guard, 6-4-09

Overall, news reports indicated more business openings and expansions than contractions and closings this week. Many of the openings were restaurants, including:

· Outta Gas Pizza, a delivery-only pizza restaurant, opened in Yachats. South Lincoln County, 6-17-09

· Marla Kay’s Café will open in Canyonville. The News-Review, 6-14-09

To read the full list for this week, check out the latest Around the State. Older versions of Around the State are also available.

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