April 2012

In the loop

0412_GamePlan_GiantLoopGiant Loop’s founders set out to make motorcycle saddlebags that are functional and rugged, that look good strapped to a motorcycle and that would find an immediate audience among motorcycle adventurers worldwide. So far, the founders are three for three.

Making it real

0412_GamePlan_AdditiveWorkshopAdditive Workshop in Wilsonville is a 3-D digital modeling studio.

Only whisk factory in U.S.

0412_GamePlan_BestManufacturers_01Even in food savvy Portland, few residents know their city is home to the only whisk factory in the United States: Best Manufacturers.

Data driven

0412_ByTheNumbers_02Massive data centers have sprung up across Oregon over the past few years.

Wealthiest cities

Lake Oswego tops list for personal income, Bend at No. 21.

Lisa Thompson balances life, work, play

0412_LiveWorkPlay_LisaThompson_01Lisa Thompson started working for Icebreaker in Wellington, New Zealand, when she was only 21. Today, at age 32, she is president of Icebreaker USA, headquartered in Portland.

Comply and demand

0412_LaunchLaunching a company at the height of the recession requires selling a product customers deem absolutely necessary. That’s one lesson behind the success of Zapproved, a Portland start up that helps companies manage their regulatory compliance obligations.