Thursday, January 21, 2010

Up, Down, and Moving Around...the State

It's always nice to see good news from businesses around the state. For instance, Georgia-Pacific’s paper mill in Wauna re-started its Number 2 paper machine after shutting it down for two weeks. Twenty-eight people were affected by the shutdown. (Daily Astorian, 1-13-10).

It was also good to know that...
North River Boats Inc., an aluminum boat builder in Roseburg, says it has enough commercial boat orders to operate at its current level through 2010. It currently has contracts to build 94 18-foot boats for the U.S. Coast Guard, several boats for the U.S. Navy, five for the Panama Canal Authority, and a boat for the U.S. Marines. The company currently has 55 workers. The News-Review, 1-17-21

• Construction has begun in Prineville on the site that will eventually house a 117,000 square foot data center. The company will employ up to 35 people. Bend Bulletin, 1-20-10 (News from The Oregonian today indicates that the company will be Facebook.)

• A new beverage distributor has opened in Salem. Kascade Distributing is the sole local distributor of the Sun Tzu line of products. Statesman Journal, 1-21-10

Unfortunately, there were some layoffs and closures in the news...
Cascade Steel Rolling Mills in McMinnville is about to embark on its fifth round of layoffs in a little more than a year. At least 17 workers will be affected. As a result of the succession of layoffs, the company’s workforce that once numbered 550 is now less than 400. News-Register, 1-12-10

Manufacturing Country Inc. will shut down production by the end of January. The plant in Independence employs 25 to 35 employees. Itemizer-Observer, 1-13-10

Plus there were a few restaurants that closed. If you want to know more about it (or find out who was moving around), check out this week's issue of Around the State.

Past issues are also available.

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