Thursday, October 24, 2013

Employment-Related Business News

This week's business announcements cover a variety of business activity with positive and negative effects on employment levels.

Business openings and expansions around the state include:
  • Albatross, a restaurant offering "farm-to-table" sandwiches and wine, will open in Astoria. The Oregonian, 10/10/2013
  • Blac-N-Bleu Bistro opened in Roseburg. It employs 13 people. The News-Review, 10/21/2013
  • Adventist Health will open Gresham Surgery Center next month. The Outlook, 10/22/2013
  • R&M Machining and Fabrication opened in Lakeview. Lake County Examiner, 10/16/2013
  • Stream Global Services, a business process outsourcing company, moved from Beaverton to a larger facility in Wilsonville and plans to hire about 300 workers. The Oregonian, 10/24/2013
  • Burch's Shoes will open a second store in Eugene in March 2014. It will employ 10 to 20 workers. The Register-Guard, 10/15/2013
  • Preston K. Thompson Guitars will open in Sisters. It will manufacture and sell custom guitars. The Nugget Newspaper, 10/8/2013
A few of the closures or layoffs include:
  • The Honey Pot Bakery in north Portland closed. The Oregonian, 10/20/2013
  • Wells Fargo will lay off 92 workers at a Portland mortgage processing center in December. In August, 54 employees in the Portland area were laid off. Portland Business Journal, 10/23/2013
  • Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd., a trans-Pacific container carrier, will discontinue service to Portland in January, dealing a major blow to the Northwest economy and hurting big importers. Longshore workers who load and unload the vessels will also be affected. The Oregonian, 10/18/2013
  • Nine employees at KATU news in Portland will be laid off. Portland Business Journal, 10/22/2013
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