Sponsored by Oregon Business

Next: the earthquake-proof wine rack

| Print |  Email
Archives - March 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
MARCH 2009: NEXT, THE EARTHQUAKE-PROOF WINE RACK
WineRack.jpg

When the ground begins to shift and the floor turns to rubber, experts say the safest place is in a doorway or under a table. The next-safest place may be in front of a new wine rack made by Newood, a 30-year-old Eugene-based company. The shelves are called MightyPine and they’re made to hold 30 cases of wine and stand firm against a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. Remember the 1994 Northridge earthquake? That was a 6.7. When the ground settled from that quake, company founder and CEO Gerry Moshofsky started thinking about his customers: Safeway, Lucky’s, Ralph’s, Food 4 Less. After his wood racks failed in the quake, they switched to steel racks. It took another 15 years before his company hit on a way of laminating layers of Oregon pine that resulted in the flexibility of wood and the strength of steel. The layered wood flexes with the force of the temblor, but is strong enough to keep bottles in place. As exciting as it was, the discovery wasn’t as startling as a 1987 quake Moshofsky experienced. “But I knew the restaurant I was sitting in was made of wood,” he says, “so I wasn’t worried.”  ABRAHAM HYATT


Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

More Articles

10 Twitter highlights from #OR100Best

The Latest
Friday, February 27, 2015
100bestBY OB STAFF

Oregon Business held its  22nd annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon celebration Thursday night in the Oregon Convention Center.


Read more...

Carbon Power

February 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER

Researchers in a multitude of disciplines are searching for ways to soak up excess carbon dioxide, the compound that contributes to global warming.


Read more...

Nuclear fingerprints

March 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

At Oregon State University, a 21st century version of the bad dream — nuclear terrorism — is alive and well. This winter, the Department of Nuclear Physics and Radiation Health Physics created a new interdisciplinary graduate emphasis in nuclear forensics, a Sherlock Holmes-sounding program that aims to identify how and where confiscated nuclear and radiological materials were created.


Read more...

LEED for weed

Linda Baker
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
012815-potcarbon-thumbBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

What is the impact of the legal pot industry on carbon emissions?


Read more...

Photos from the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon awards celebration

The Latest
Friday, February 27, 2015
IMG 9975cneditPHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

Images from the 2015 celebration of Oregon's great workplaces.


Read more...

Money Talks

March 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Will community banks survive the digital age? Three CEOs peer into banking's crystal ball.


Read more...

Help Wanted: Poached Jobs aids restaurateurs

March 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

“We thought there was room for something new.”


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS