Thursday, July 30, 2009

What's up with businesses Around the State?

Talk about diversity! This week's list of business changes around the state shows a unique mix of new businesses opening. Some of the openings and expansions were:

· The Highway 20 realignment project near Newport is going full blast. More than 300 people are working on the project, about 90 percent of them from Lincoln and Benton counties. The project will cost about $185 million and should be completed by December 2011. News Times, 7-22-09

· Sadler Aircraft began production of its Vampire light sports aircraft at a facility in Green. It plans to employ up to 10 people in the near future. The News-Review, 7-19-09

· Tumalo Farms, a Deschutes County based cheese manufacturer, expanded its production facility to accommodate growing demand for its cheeses. Bend Bulletin, 7-10-09

· A bakery – Fortaleza, meaning “strength” and “fortress” in Spanish – will open this summer at the Keizer Village shopping center. It will offer bread, cookies, cake, flan, tamales, and champurrado (anise-flavored hot chocolate). Statesman Journal, 7-29-09

There were three business that announced layoffs -- two in the Portland area and the third in Eugene. One of them was Lattice Semiconductor Inc., which will eliminate 64 jobs from its global workforce. Nearly half of those cuts will affect employees in Hillsboro, many of which are related to the programmable chip-maker’s decision to relocate its warehouse operations to Singapore in a move that’s expected to shave shipping costs. Portland Business Journal, 7-23-09

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