Douglas County diversifies

| Print |  Email
Archives - November 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Douglas County has a long history of boom and bust cycles associated with the wood products industry. But since the late 1970s, the boom-bust cycles have softened as the county’s economy diversified. Wood products jobs — once 30% of all jobs — made up 14% in 2005. Industries adding to the mix include durable goods manufacturing, health care, retail trade, construction and finance. In recent years, companies such as Dell, Bayliner, North River Jet Boats, Orenco Systems and Umpqua Bank have moved to or expanded in the county. Alpha Leisure, an RV manufacturer, expects to employ 200 in a new plant near Riddle. Greater diversity helped jobs grow 3.2% since 2001 despite cuts in federal government, local public education, and wood products. The recent loss in wood products is due largely to a fire that destroyed the Murphy plywood mill in Sutherlin. Murphy is currently building a new engineered wood products plant and expects to employ 100 at the site.

— Brian Rooney, regional economist
Oregon Employment Department


OED1106.gif

OED21106.gif



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

 

More Articles

Photo Log: The 2015 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon

The Latest
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
greenthumbPHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

Oregon Business celebrated the 100 Best Green Workplaces with an awards luncheon yesterday at the Nines Hotel in downtown Portland.


Read more...

The Backstory: Portland Youth Builders

The Latest
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
blog002 1BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

As part of our green workplaces story, Oregon Business checked out a community service project undertaken by Portland Youth Builders, a nonprofit alternative high school. In partnership with Whole Foods, PYB built garden boxes for a Home Forward  housing site. Home Forward is a government agency that provides housing for low income residents and people with disabilities.


Read more...

The ancient fish that stops bullets

The Latest
Friday, May 08, 2015
hagfishthumbBY CHRIS NOBLE | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

Hagfish may not have evolved much over the last 300 million years, but their protein-heavy slime promises advances in super-materials.


Read more...

Change at the pump?

The Latest
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
001thumbBY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the U.S. that ban self serve gas stations. But these two holdouts may be ready to give up the game. New Jersey is considering legislation that would lift the state's ban on pumping your own gas. Oregon is considering smaller scale changes.


Read more...

Green workplace 2.0

Linda Baker
Thursday, May 28, 2015
IMG 2808BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR

Reinventing capitalism. Office dumpster divers. Handprints versus carbon footprints.


Read more...

Downtime with John Helmick

June 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER

Live, Work, Play: CEO of Gorilla Capital.


Read more...

Oregon needs a Grand Bargain energy plan

Linda Baker
Monday, June 22, 2015
0622-gastaxblogthumbBY LINDA BAKER

The Clean Fuels/gas tax trade off will go down in history as another disjointed, on-again off-again approach to city and state lawmaking.


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