Thursday, December 9, 2010

Business ups and downs Around the State

Opening, expanding, scaling back, and closing: Around the State has everything this week.

New to the Scene
  • Canine Garden Resort opened in Tillamook. It offers boarding and daycare for dogs. Headlight Herald, 12/1/2010
  • ReStore Appliances & More, a nonprofit outreach of TrueNorth Star Ministries, opened in Roseburg. Proceeds from the store will fund scholarships for TrueNorth Star Boys Ranch & Academy and its Enough is Enough Campaign to end child trauma and abuse. The News-Review, 12/5/2010
  • House Farm Vital Soil, Seed and Feed opened in north Portland. It offers seed-starters, seeds, compost, bat and seabird guano, and organic feeds for chickens, rabbits, and ducks. It also sells honey and local handmade soaps, lotions, and candles. Neighborhood Notes, 12/7/2010

Expanding Operations
  • GL Solutions in Bend was awarded a five-year contact with North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services. It will increase its workforce by 42 employees by March 2011. The Bulletin, 12/3/2010
  • Umpqua Bank will open branches in the Hawthorne, Multnomah Village, and Barnes Road neighborhoods in Portland, and in Progress Ridge in Beaverton. The location of the fifth new branch will be announced in 2011. Portland Business Journal, 12/2/2010

Unfortunately, some of this week's announcements also involve businesses scaling back or closing.
  • Liberty Homes Inc. will close its Sheridan manufactured home plant in February, laying off 83 workers. Portland Business Journal, 12/2/2010
  • bioMérieux Inc., a French biomedical firm, will close its Wilsonville plant by December 31, 2011. Approximately 100 employees will be laid off in phases beginning next July. Portland Business Journal, 12/2/2010

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