Thursday, February 21, 2013

Employment News Around the State

This past week brought several big business announcements throughout Oregon:

  • Amy's Kitchen spent more than $19 million over the past two years revamping its White City operation where it does all of its soup production. It now has the capacity to run two new soup lines, one of which will start this month. As demand increases, a second line will go into operation, adding another 70 employees as early as next year. Ashland Daily Tidings, 2/18/2013
  •  GFP Emergency Services, a company that converts shipping containers into temporary housing structures, employs 90 people at its new facility in Prineville and plans to hire 50 more this year. The Bulletin, 2/7/2013 
  • The State of Oregon offered nearly $1.4 million in incentives to Oracle Corp. to maintain its manufacturing facility in Hillsboro. The money is contingent upon Oracle creating 130 full-time jobs, while retaining its existing 300 jobs over a two-year period. Portland Business Journal, 2/19/2013 
  •  Guckenheimer Enterprises Inc., a California-based office cafeteria operator, will cut 174 jobs in April when its contract with Nike in Beaverton expires. A new contractor will likely hire 80 percent to 90 percent of the current employees. The Oregonian, 2/19/2013 
  • Ruby Receptionists, a business headquartered in the Pearl District that offers remote office receptionist services to small businesses, will expand to Beaverton. It will add 174 employees to its workforce by the end of 2015. Portland Business Journal, 2/19/2013
  •  Coca-Cola will close its distribution and warehouse operations in Eugene, which employs 24 people, next month. It will then add 21 jobs at its Wilsonville facility. Portland Tribune, 2/19/2013
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