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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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Q & A with Chuck Eggert

Thursday, March 06, 2014
03.06.14 thumb pacfoodsBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

The founder of Pacific Foods talks about why his company has flown under the radar in Oregon, how saving a family-run chicken hatchery has helped his bottom line and why he thinks organic food is anything but elitist.


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.


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.



Rapid ascent

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kelly Dachtler, president of The Clymb, redefines outdoor retail.


How to handle the unexpected

Contributed Blogs
Friday, March 28, 2014
03.28.14 thumb disasterBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The next mysterious (or disastrous) event could be one that you or your team might suddenly need to respond to, probably under intense scrutiny.


Fuel's gold

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The coastal town of Coos Bay appears poised to land every economic development director’s dream: a single employer that will bring hundreds of family-wage jobs and millions in tax revenue. 


Small business sales go big

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.

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