Thursday, September 17, 2009

This Week's Business Changes Around the State

What happened with businesses around the state this week? First the bad news: At least two businesses announced closings, including a restaurant in Portland (Palomino) and a women's clothing store (Finder's Keepers) in Bend.

Interesting, several restaurants also opened in Portland this week, as did a used clothing store in Klamath Falls.

A couple of larger announcements included:

· A new, larger Costco store is under construction in Warrenton. The existing store has 120 workers and the new one will employ 250. Daily Astorian, 9-7-09

· California-based AccentCare, a home healthcare company, has opened in Medford. It is partnering with Rogue Valley Medical Center and is hiring nurses, therapists, and nursing assistants., 9-16-09

· The Bosmas, a Washington dairy family, established a heifer operation in Morrow County and started building a dairy. Phase I of the construction should be completed by April. Milking of about 1,500 cows will begin next year, but their permit allows up to 3,500 milk cows. The milk will likely be processed at Columbia River Processing – the Tillamook Cheese plant – at the Port of Morrow. East Oregonian, 9-1-09

· Tinitron in Hillsboro has begun construction on a new factory where it will manufacture a hybrid car – the neutron3 – a two-passenger, three-wheeled vehicle that can get up to 150 miles per gallon. It plans to hire 50 to 100 people. Hillsboro Argus, 9-15-09

· The River Bend Resort opened in Harrisburg. It offers 95 RV sites, a 19-room motel, meeting space, and a restaurant. Register-Guard, 8-27-09

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