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|Wednesday, June 24, 2009|
What does Vladimir Putin have to do with the company formerly known as Oregon Steel’s decision to idle its steel mill in Portland this summer? Follow the timeline to find out.
1926: Gilmore Steel incorporated in California.
1987: Renamed Oregon Steel Mill.
1988: Goes public.
1993: Buys steel mill in Colorado.
Late 1990s: Peaks at over 2,700 employees.
2004: Swings to a $117 million profit, tops $1 billion in sales, earns shareholders 11% return on investment.
2005: Tops Columbia Sportswear and Tektronix to become Oregon’s sixth-largest public company by revenue.
January 2007: Bought for $2.3 billion by Russian conglomerate Evraz, controlled by billionaire oligarch Roman Abramovich.
March 2008: Abramovich, who also owns a fleet of planes, yachts and limos as well as a British soccer team, is listed by Forbes as the world’s 15th-richest person, worth $24.3 billion.
Jan.-July 2008: Evraz sales rise 78% to $10.7 billion; profits soar 82% to $2 billion.
Sept. 2008: Steel prices collapse.
Sept. 30, 2008: Evraz debt hits $10.2 billion.
October: Bloomberg estimates Abramovich lost $20 billion in five months.
November 2008: Russia’s state bank, controlled by Vladimir Putin, lends Evraz over $2 billion in bailout funds to pay taxes and refinance debt.
Jan 2009: New Evraz CEO Alexander Frolov takes responsibility for day-to-day operations in North America as well as Russia and announces plans to seek synergies.
April 2009: Evraz announces 225 layoffs in Portland, adding to 130 lost jobs in 2008.
May 2009: Metal Bulletin, a trade journal, reports Evraz plans to idle its Portland mill for at least two weeks this summer.
May 2009: Abramovich’s spokesmen deny rumors that the billionaire lost a yacht in a poker game in Barcelona.
June 2009: Moody’s considers downgrading Evraz’s credit rating for the second time in six months, endangering cash flow..
Friday, April 11, 2014
TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
BY 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.
Friday, March 14, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Five books that will make you a better leader.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Health care and vacations rule. That’s the consensus from our reader poll on workplace benefits that help retain and recruit employees.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR
Watch this OB Original Video about three Oregon companies and how crowd-funding "kickstarted" their business ideas.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
As retailers consolidate and newspapers fold, the business of modeling shifts to ad agencies, apparel companies and new media.
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