Miles Fiberglass & Composites, located near the intersection of I-205 and Oregon Route 212 in Clackamas, has been manufacturing an array of products since Lowell Miles founded the company in 1963. It’s now run by Miles’ daughter, Lori Olund, who went to work for her father as a 20-year-old student. As long as she worked full-time, she says, her father offered to pay her tuition. She ended up falling in love with the business and has served as president for the past 15 years.
Miles Fiberglass & Composites specializes in custom work, including components for RVs and travel trailers; panels used in refrigerated rail cars; and satellite receptors – an area of significant growth. (Picture receiver discs paired with fiberglass compartments housing equipment.) The company also builds fiberglass drive-through bays used by auto repair businesses, which prevent the leakage of oil and other toxic fluids more effectively than traditional concrete pits.
Leveraging its materials expertise, the company inspects and repairs wind turbine components throughout the country. Its traveling technicians also repair the composite bodies of electric buses (photo above) that have been in accidents.
Miles Fiberglass & Components remains a family business and employs a total of 100 people. The company does its own training, designs and builds its own molds and operates around the clock.