Jan/Feb 2012

Vietnam hungry for Oregon potatoes

0112_Vietnam_01Vietnam’s economy and demand for American exports is growing, and Oregon’s potato growers aren’t being couch potatoes.

Chalet RV keeps on rolling

0112_ChaletRVChris Hanson remembers that time back in early 2008 — before the crash — when he thought: “I’ll finally be able to quit my day job.”


Wood product companies unite

0112_WoodProductWithin a five-mile radius in Klamath Falls sit four wood product companies that have never really been competitors, but that have never really collaborated with each other either.

Baker finds sweet success

0112_Baker_01In Portland, everything old is new, including the city’s latest one-man pastry operation, Krause Confections.


Pump business weathers downturn

0112_PumpBusinessIn the 20 years since Max Ozawa founded Ozawa R&D, a business that assembles precision metering pumps used in agriculture and food processing, the company has reduced its workforce and experienced a decline in manufacturing capacity. It survives by selling a premium product: relatively lightweight and long-lasting pumps that deliver precise amounts of fertilizer and other chemicals into water systems.

Comparing Oregon's housing trends

0112_Databurst_Housing_01We evaluate Oregon's housing units growth and homeownership rate.

Oregon Aero boosts Scappoose

0112_OregonAero_02For years after its founding in 1989, Oregon Aero remained a small company that designed and manufactured helmet cushions and other products.