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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 Releases Report on Opportunities, Challenges for Manufacturing in Oregon

A 2021 study conducted by ECONorthwest shows that manufacturing contributes $33 billion annually to Oregon’s GDP and employs more than 214,000 people. The opportunities from growth in this sector are enormous. A 10% increase in manufacturing would create 66,000 jobs and provide an additional $800 million for state and local governments. ECONorthwest conducted the report on behalf of the Oregon Business Council and OBI’s Education and Research Foundation. Its release is timely, as Americans have rediscovered the value of domestic manufacturing capacity amid significant supply-chain problems. Read the full report here and view a slide deck about the report’s findings here.

About MCO

The Manufacturing Council of Oregon advocates for 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 support its quality of life. We are proud to be the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, and we aspire to enhance the 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 that 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.

The Industry:

In 2015, Oregon ranked second among states for the percentage of gross domestic product attributed to manufacturing, 25.2%. Only Indiana, at 29.1%, was higher. Oregon also ranks high in terms of the number of manufacturing jobs. In fact, since 1991 Oregon’s manufacturing job growth has exceeded the U.S. average each year – growing more in up years and shrinking less during the recession. The average manufacturing wage in 2014 was $64,000, compared with $46,500 for all jobs, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

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