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Archives - January 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007


The proposed $2.3 billion deal for Russian Evraz Group S.A. to acquire Oregon Steel Mills made for riveting headlines: It was the biggest yet international acquisition by a Russian company, it capped a dramatic corporate turnaround by the 80-year-old Portland-based steel business, and it raised questions about the future for Oregon Steel’s 1,900 nationwide employees. But the acquisition, if it passes federal regulatory muster, is another in a string of similar deals for a quickly consolidating global steel industry. Evraz officials were attracted to Oregon Steel Mills for the company’s strength in making rails and pipes.

When five big companies announced in December that they would back a project to give employees their own, portable electronic health care records, it made headlines for the potential future benefit for health care costs. The Omnimedix Institute in Portland is the nonprofit group that is developing Dossia, the web-based framework for health records with the help of Applied Materials, BP America, Intel Corp, Pitney Bowes and Wal-Mart. Omnimedix will start to deploy Dossia later this year.

Under a two-year, $28 million contract with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Defense agency, Portland-based AVI BioPharma will develop treatments for Ebola, Marburg and Junin hemorrhagic viruses, which are considered potential bioterrorism agents.


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Tech makes the world go round

Contributed Blogs
Thursday, March 20, 2014
03.20.14 thumb internetBY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER

I don’t think anyone can (or should) remember what it was like to get things done without the internet. This milestone in technology has certainly benefited brick-and-mortar companies and subsequently launched a new era of businesses.


Banishing oil burners reaps benefits for schools

Tuesday, April 01, 2014
04.02.14 thumb co2schoolsBY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.


Leader's bookshelf

Contributed Blogs
Friday, March 14, 2014
02.06.14 BooksBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Five books that will make you a better leader.


The 2014 List: The Top 33 Small Companies to Work, For in Oregon

March 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014

100best14logoWebOur 100 Best Companies project turned 21 this year, so pop open the Champagne. Our latest survey gives us plenty to cheer.



Closing the gap: Community colleges and workforce training

Thursday, March 27, 2014
03.27.14 thumb collegeBY MARY SPILDE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Community college career, technical and workforce programs present an opportunity to bring business and education together as never before.


How to boost web traffic

Thursday, April 10, 2014

04.10.14 thumb seo-trafficSEMpdx hosted a workshop this week for entrepreneurs, website developers and others interested in search engine optimization (SEO).  Here are a few tips and tricks aimed at bumping up your search engine rankings.


From the Editor: The human factor

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In this issue, we celebrate our 21st annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project.

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