AUGUST 3 – 17, 2022
From the coast to the Snake River, Oregon is home to thousands of manufacturing employers that provide more than 200,000 jobs. In August, OBI will lead a statewide tour featuring members of this extraordinarily important sector. The tour will allow policymakers and community leaders to learn more about the state’s varied manufacturers and they ways in which they benefit Oregon and its economy.
Aug. 3: Intel (Hillsboro), Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (Scappoose)
Aug. 4: Tillamook Creamery (Tillamook), Pacific Seafood (Newport)
Aug. 5: Georgia-Pacific (Toledo), OSU Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute (Corvallis), HP (Corvallis)
Aug. 8: Schnitzer Steel (McMinnville), A-dec and A to Z Wineworks (Newberg)
Aug. 9: Cascade Poly Pipe and Conduit (Woodburn), Sierra Pacific Industries (Eugene)
Aug. 10: NIC Industries (White City), Rogue Valley Microdevices (Medford)
Aug. 11 (Klamath Falls): Oregon Institute of Technology, Wilsonart
Aug. 12: Weyerhaeuser (Cottage Grove), Heritage Specialty Foods (Portland)
Aug. 15: Alaska Airlines (Portland), Boardman Foods (Boardman), SAGE Center (Port of Morrow)
Aug. 16: Oregon’s Wild Harvest (Redmond)
Aug. 17: Duckwall Fruit (Hood River), Port of Portland (Portland)
OBI’s Manufacturing Roadshow is a statewide event conducted in partnership with the Oregon Business Council. The Roadshow will highlight the incredible work of Oregon’s growing manufacturing sector. We’ll spend two weeks in August driving across Oregon to showcase the state’s diverse manufacturers. Joined by our local, state, and federal leaders, tour guests will have a front row seat as we explore the ways that manufacturing contributes to a healthy, prosperous Oregon.
Oregon’s manufacturers support our state and local tax base. Employers in this sector contribute more than $33 billion each year to the state’s GDP, according to a 2021 report conducted by ECONorthwest on behalf of OBI and the Oregon Business Council. The report found that a 10% increase in manufacturing output would provide more than $800 million in additional annual revenues for state and local governments.
Oregon’s manufacturing economy is equitable. Manufacturing offers substantially higher-wage jobs for minority workers than other sectors.
Oregon’s manufacturing economy is at a crossroads. The COVID pandemic created enduring supply-chain disruptions, driving up prices for manufacturers and consumers alike. Many manufacturers also struggle to find skilled workers and contend with regulatory burdens that generate unnecessary costs and complexity. On the tour, we’ll explore the opportunities and challenges facing Oregon manufacturers.
Oregon ranks among the national leaders in per-capita manufacturing output. A 2021 report conducted by ECONorthwest on behalf of OBI and the Oregon Business Council found that employment in Oregon’s manufacturing sector increased 14% from 1969-2019. U.S. manufacturing jobs overall declined by 34% during the same period.
The Roadshow begins Aug. 3 and ends Aug. 17. A detailed itinerary will be released at the beginning of July.
Manufacturers are creating essential and innovative products all across the state. The 2022 tour will visit Southern Oregon, Central Oregon, the Oregon Coast, Eastern Gorge and the Willamette Valley.
The tour will feature dozens of stops highlighting Oregon manufacturers, including: Intel, A to Z Wineworks, Pacific Seafood, and A-dec. The tour hopes to facilitate community-based conversations about the importance of supporting Oregon’s innovation economy.
Aug. 20, 2022
Woodburn company speeds broadband development with waste plastic
The Salem Statesman Journal writes about Cascade Poly Pipe and Conduit, which was a featured stop on the Manufacturing Roadshow.
Aug. 19, 2022
Why did Oregon’s U.S. senators tour a Milwaukie business?
The Clackamas Review writes about the Manufacturing Roadshow’s tour of Heritage Specialty Foods.
Aug. 17, 2022
Boardman Foods takes the spotlight
The East Oregonian writes about the Manufacturing Roadshow’s tour of Boardman Foods, which employs more than 250 people at its onion processing facility.
Aug. 11 2022
Oregon Business & Industry tours Oregon Tech’s manufacturing education
OIT writes about the Manufacturing Roadshow’s visit to the school’s Center for Excellence in Engineering and Technology.
Aug. 12 2022
Oregon Tech visitors see school’s impact on workforce development
The Klamath Falls Herald and News writes about the Manufacturing Roadshow’s visit to OIT’s Center for Excellence in Engineering and Technology.
Week Two In Review
The Roadshow’s second week began Aug. 8 at Schnitzer Steel’s Cascade Rolling Mills in McMinnville and concluded Aug. 12 at Heritage Foods in Portland. Check out everything we did and saw.
Week One In Review
The Roadshow’s first week began Aug. 3 at Intel and concluded Aug. 5 with visits to Hewlett Packard and Oregon State University’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute. Check out everything we did and saw.
Aug. 10, 2022
Juno Facility Gives First Tour
The Newport News Times recounts the Roadshow’s visit to Georgia Pacific’s Juno facility on Toledo, where paper fiber is separated from trash and reused.
Aug. 9, 2022
Manufacturing Roadshow Showcases OMIC R&D
The Columbia River Spotlight writes about the second stop on the Roadshow, a visit to the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center in Scappoose.
The Condition of Oregon’s Manufacturing Sector
Prepared for the Oregon Business & Industry Education and Research Foundation and the Oregon Business Council
November 28, 2021
Here’s How Oregon’s Manufacturing Sector Can Expect To Grow
Transportation equipment manufacturing alone is projected to add 2,500 jobs in Oregon from 2020 to 2030
March 25, 2022
Labor Secretary Praises Oregon’s Newest Job Training Plan
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh says Oregon is on the right track in spending federal and state dollars to train future workers, not just build today’s projects to achieve carbon-free energy and rebuild transportation and communications networks.
April 20, 2022
Oregon Chip Industry Supplier Will Quadruple Its Space with New Sherwood Factory
A Tigard company that supplies gas and chemical equipment to Oregon semiconductor manufacturers plans to quadruple its factory footprint this year by moving to a new site in Sherwood.