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Deal Watch: Oregon’s M&A ice thaws a bit

fishSave for a month or two earlier this year and a couple big-name deals involving the likes of Mentor Graphics, SurveyMonkey and InFocus, the merger and acquisition front in Oregon has been relatively quiet in 2009.

Middle ground for wheat price

Prices for wheat shipped through Portland have fallen sharply from their peak in early 2008. Yet they are still well above depressed levels prior to late 2006 when global shortages began boosting prices.


Next: Nostril filters


Life stinks, so La Grande inventor David Foggia decided to develop the Undetectable Nasal Insert (UNI). Approved by the FDA in 2007 as a non-medical device, Foggia says this odor-killing device is as simple as it is effective.

Business filings remain sluggish

New Oregon corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) declined 11% and 6% respectively in the first eight months of 2009 compared to 2008.

Deal Watch: Big NOAA contract boosts Vigor Marine

VigorMarine_DryDockAN AVERAGE SHIP repair job for Vigor Marine runs from four to six weeks. It's a fairly standard timeline, but one that also makes it pretty difficult for workers in such a wavy industry to ever enjoy a real sense of job security.

Surviving the recovery

Managing editor Ben Jacklet spent two weeks immersed in rural Oregon’s timber towns to investigate how these communities, once buoyed by abundant wood product operations, would reinvent themselves to survive. The story states the salient issue: “These towns are left with an unenviable choice: diversify or die. Only how?”

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