Thursday, January 26, 2012

Employment Impacts Around the State

What's happening in the Oregon business world? A big transmission line project, businesses recalling workers back to the job, and expansions, and more...
  • Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the approval of the North Steens Transmission Line Project in Harney County. The project is a 44-mile power line that will carry power from a proposed wind power project on the north side of Steens Mountain to Harney Electric Cooperative's existing electrical transmission grid. The project would support 235 jobs. Burns Times-Herald, 1/4/2012
  • Boise Cascade recalled laid off employees at its Western Oregon Region mills in Medford, White City, and Willamina and will add 40 full-time, entry-level employees to its staff. Mail Tribune, 1/17/2012
  • Eco Building Products Inc. opened a plant in Salem that could employ as many as 50 people by the end of summer. Portland Business Journal, 1/19/2012

  • Lane County's second Five Guys Burger and Fries opened in Eugene. It employs 47 people. The Register-Guard, 1/12/2012

Unfortunately, some companies are planning layoffs:
  • Iberdrola Renewables Inc. will lay off 25 people at its Portland office. The Oregonian, 1/25/2012

  • Vestas Wind Systems will lay off 182 workers in the United States and Canada, including an undetermined number in Portland. The Oregonian, 1/18/2012

  • Vancouver-based First Independent Bank will lay off less than 8 percent of its approximately 245 employees, a consequence of the bank's impending sale to Sterling Savings Bank. The Columbian, 1/20/2012
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