Jim Fitzhenry, Roy Manufacturing
NIC Cerakote

OBI Member Profile: NIC Industries

NIC Industries manufactures high-quality powder coatings as well liquid-ceramic coatings used in a wide range of applications, including firearms, sporting goods, medical, automotive, aerospace and defense.

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OBI’s Annual Manufacturing and Innovation Roadshow

OBI’s 2023 Manufacturing and Innovation Roadshow visited locations in the northern Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge and eastern and central Oregon in early October. Go to the 2023 Roadshow page to learn more. OBI kicked off this annual tradition in 2022 by conducting its first annual Manufacturing and Innovation Roadshow. The inaugural roadshow visited nearly two dozen manufacturers across the state from Aug. 3-17, introducing legislators, local government officials and civic leaders to this diverse and economically powerful industry sector.

Check out a video recap of the 2022 roadshow here.

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OBI is the state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers.

Mission: To protect, promote and grow a positive, globally competitive business climate for manufacturing and related industries in Oregon.

OBI Report Describes Historic Opportunities, Challenges for Manufacturing in Oregon

A 2021 report by ECONorthwest shows that manufacturing contributes $33 Billion to Oregon’s GDP and employs more than 214,000 people, and the opportunities from growth in this diverse and innovative sector are enormous. For example, a 10% growth in manufacturing would create 66,000 more jobs and provide $800 million more in resources for state and local governments.  Read the full report here and view a slide deck about the report’s findings here.

About MCO

The Manufacturing Council of Oregon is a strong voice of manufacturing and related industries in Oregon. We are a diverse community of makers and innovators dedicated to providing opportunities, removing barriers, and creating the jobs that fuel Oregon’s economy and quality of life. We are proud to be the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers and our goal is to build and enhance a healthy business climate for manufacturing in Oregon. Still curious about the Council? We’ve answered some of your most pressing questions in a FAQ.


  • Ensure that Oregon provides a sustainable, globally-competitive environment which supports a diverse manufacturing sector by fostering capital investment, innovation, research and development, employment opportunity and workforce training.
  • Promote a tax and regulatory environment that encourages manufacturing investment, innovation and growth.
  • Promote local, state and regional infrastructure improvements to facilitate shipping, surface transportation and port access/throughput to enhance access to regional, national and global markets.
  • Improve career manufacturing employment opportunities through enhanced investment and support of career and technical education and promotion of education-workforce-employer collaboration.
  • Promote sustainable land-use and energy policies that ensure Oregon manufacturers have cost-effective access to the resources necessary to compete in regional and global markets.