Thursday, October 31, 2013

Business Activity Around the State

As a treat for you this Halloween, below is a sample of this week's business announcements that include openings and expansions, and closures and layoffs (which aren't tricks).

Openings and Expansions:
  • River Inn at Seaside, a $3.8-million, 48-room hotel, is expected to open in Seaside in the spring. The Daily Astorian, 10/10/2013
  • MetalTec, a welding, metal fabrication, and small engine repair business, will open in Lakeview. Lake County Examiner, 10/16/2013
  • Boise Cascade plans to increase production and add 70 full-time jobs in Union County over the next six months at its Island City particleboard plant, Mount Emily Lumber mill in La Grande, and its operations in Elgin. The Observer, 10/9/2013
  • SnoTemp, a cold storage facility, will add 90,000 square feet to its Eugene warehouse. It plans to add seven or eight workers when the addition is completed. The Register-Guard, 10/16/2013
  • Bend-La Pine Schools will hire five assistant principals for the district's largest elementary schools. The Bulletin, 10/27/2013
  • The Craft Factory, a children's craft studio, opened in southwest Portland. The Oregonian, 10/13/2013
  • Pets & More opened in Myrtle Creek. It employs five people. The News-Review, 10/14/2013
Closures, Layoffs, and Relocations:
  • Christopher's Gourmet Grill in northeast Portland will close next month. The Oregonian, 10/24/2013
  • Bank of America will consolidate its operations in Hillsboro in December, laying off 59 people. Portland Business Journal, 10/28/2013
  • Bank of the West will close its Madras branch in January. It employs five people. The Madras Pioneer, 10/23/2013
  • US Mat Systems in McMinnville moved to Leavenworth, Wash. It employed more than 100 people. About 15 employees relocated to the new site. News-Register, 10/25/2013
  • Marion County will close courthouses in Stayton, Woodburn, and east Salem and consolidate them in one building in northeast Salem by July 2014. Statesman Journal, 10/17/2013
For more business news, check out this week's full report or visit the Around the State page on

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