Thursday, April 25, 2013

Business Openings and Closings Around the State

This week our Around the State business news brings a mix of opening, expansion, and closing announcements.

Several new construction projects are in the works:
  • Lantz Cabinets, a cabinet manufacturer, broke ground on an 18,000-square-foot addition to its facility in Eugene. It plans to add 40 workers by the end of the year. The Register-Guard, 4/21/2013 
  • Nike plans to begin construction on two new buildings at its Beaverton campus later this year. The expansion will add at least 500 new jobs. The Oregonian, 4/19/2013
  • Construction began on a new 50-room hotel at Tetherow Resort and Golf Course near Bend. The Bulletin, 4/13/2013

Some expansions are underway: 
  • Validation Resources, a Bend pharmaceutical products company, will expand to a larger facility. It's been adding employees and needs more room for growth. The Bulletin, 3/28/2013
  • Consumer Cellular, a cell phone service provider, hosted a job fair for their Redmond Contact Center. It plans to increase its workforce by several hundred over the next couple years. Cascade Business News, 4/11/2013

Unfortunately, some closures are also in the mix:
  • The Greenbrier Cos. plans to lay off 200 workers at its Gunderson plant in northwest Portland by the end of August. The Oregonian, 4/19/2013
  • SoloPower, the startup pitched as the most innovative player in Oregon solar manufacturing, will suspend its Portland operations in June and lay off 29 people. The Oregonian, 4/22/2013
  • Valley Wide Cooperative closed its gas station and store in the unincorporated community of Durkee, leaving the area without retail fuel or food. Snake River Garage in Huntington is now the only gas station along a 73-mile stretch of Interstate 84 between Baker City and Ontario. Baker City Herald, 4/1/2013
You'll find even more of the latest business news from Astoria to Klamath Falls -- and everywhere in between -- in the full edition of AtS, or by using our custom online search tool.

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