“In my August column I wrote about what a challenging year this has been – a global pandemic, nationwide social unrest, a deep economic recession. And now, unimaginably, our beloved state has faced yet another crisis of historic proportions: September wildfires that devastated communities; destroying homes, businesses, and livelihoods.”
Tour A-dec in Newberg, OR as part of Oregon Business & Industry’s annual Celebrating Manufacturers event. See for yourself how manufacturing powers our economy and supports our local communities.
ENTEK is a global manufacturing company headquartered in Lebanon, Oregon. We have three manufacturing companies under our umbrella. The first makes battery separators for cars, trucks, boats, golf carts, and lawn and garden equipment.
Medford Fabrication is a family-operated business that was established in the mid-1940s building fuel storage tanks. Throughout our nearly 80 years in business, we have grown to serve customers of all sizes across Oregon, the U.S., and the world.
We engineer and manufacture technology that is used in some of the harshest environments on earth. That includes mining hard rock, which produces the copper that is essential to electric vehicles, renewable energy and large infrastructure projects in cities.
“Primarily, we manufacture high quality liquids: Beer, of course, and also a non-alcoholic CBD Elixir. In addition, we operate a pub in Bend. We brew in 50-barrel batches (1,500 gallons) and produce 30,000 barrels a year, or about 60,000 kegs.” — Tony Lawrence, Founder/Brewmaster, Boneyard Beer
August marked my eighth month as your Oregon Business & Industry chair. I stepped into this role knowing that it would be an interesting challenge leading Oregon’s broadest statewide business organization, but I never could have predicted what would be on our table today: A global pandemic, the deepest recession in almost a century, and a long-overdue national reckoning about racial equity.
The economic impacts from COVID-19 are staggering. This is not news to any OBI member, and, indeed, I have written about these impacts in this column in previous months.
Over the last few weeks, we have heard more about Juneteenth, and this year, perhaps more than any other, I hope we will all take a moment not just to mark this historic milestone, but also to reflect on the tremendous challenges still facing our nation in dealing with racial and economic inequities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the private sector incredibly hard. Indeed, economists noted that the current COVID-19 recession is the worst since the Great Depression.