Thursday, April 22, 2010

Diverse business changes seen around the state this week

Business announcements were as varied as ever this week. Some of the new openings included:

All Metals Fabrication, a custom manufacturing shop, opened in Astoria. It expects to hire up to five people as production expands. Daily Astorian, 4-15-10

Amalia’s will open in Bend. In addition to serving traditional Mexican dishes, it will distill its own tequila and serve over 100 types of margaritas. The Bulletin, 3-18-10

Arbor Oaks Terrace, specializing in the care of individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, will open in Newberg. Newberg Graphics, 4-21-10

Public Good PR, a public relations firm that specializes in media relations for nonprofit organizations and environmental causes, opened in Corvallis. Corvallis Gazette-Times, 4-19-10

A few firms also announced closures:

• Two restaurants in Roseburg Los Nopalitos and D’s Magnolia – have closed. The News-Review, 4-11-10

Silverlite Trailers in Springfield, a maker of high-end aluminum horse trailers, will close next month. It once employed 120 people, but now has about 10 employees. Register-Guard, 4-15-10

And one of the many other announcements of interest was:

Lao K LLC, an Albany company that developed a plywood adhesive made from soybean flour, is among 34 small businesses to win a research grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The grant will be used to determine if the adhesive can be made on a commercial basis. Interior plywood and other composite wood panels are predominantly made using a carcinogenic urea-formaldehyde resin. The new resin would provide a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly alternative. The Oregonian, 4-5-10

To see all of this week's business news, check out the latest issue of Around the State.

Older issues also available.

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