Freres PDX roof 2

On its third and final day, OBI’s Manufacturing and Innovation Roadshow will head to the Willamette Valley, stopping in Lyons and Tualatin before concluding in Sherwood.

The day of Oct. 4 will begin in Lyons with a visit to Freres Engineered Wood. Here, the company manufactures its innovative Mass Ply product. Used in mass timber construction, Mass Ply is a type of cross-laminated timber composed of glued veneer layers. Each inch of Mass Ply panel contains nine layers of Douglas fir veneer. Learn more here.

After leaving Lyons, the tour bus will head to Salem, where the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will co-host a roundtable discussion involving business, civic and elected leaders.

The tour bus will then head to Tualatin, where Machine Sciences Corp. manufactures complex parts for space, aerospace and similar industries. Much of the company’s work finds its way into unmanned aerial vehicles, including many of the components within their distinctive sensor spheres. The company has developed expertise in machining tricky materials such as magnesium. Learn more here.

The Roadshow will conclude with a visit to Portland General Electric’s Sherwood Training Center, where line apprentices learn how to maintain overhead and underground electrical systems. All of Oregon’s manufacturers depend upon reliable power, and PGE provides electricity to more than 50,000 business customers in 51 cities. Learn more here.

Go here to join this year’s Manufacturing and Innovation Roadshow and to learn more.