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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, June 06, 2014
BY KATIE AUSBURGER | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
How to build a hipster-friendly work environment.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Monday, July 14, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Citing the transition to catch shares management as a key to rebuilding stocks and reducing bycatch, 13 species caught by the West Coast trawl fishery today earned designation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
BY MONICA ENAND | GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Nine tips for building habits among employees to respond when needed.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Remember the naysayers? Those who called the South Waterfront aerial tram a boondoggle? Those who rejoiced at the massive sell off of luxury condos at the John Ross and Atwater Place?
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How George Fox has become one of Oregon's largest private universities.
Forest Grove sees growth in the burgeoning food and beverage scene.
Lane Powell Shareholder Susan K. Eggum has been elected as vice chair of programs and projects for the International Association of Defense Counsel’s (IADC’s) Employment Law Committee.
Geffen Mesher is saddened to announce the passing of long-time shareholder, Tom “Mike” Anderson, who died on July 10, 2014, from liver disease diagnosed after recent heart surgery. He was 55 years old.
Fifteen Lane Powell attorneys have been named 2014 “Oregon Super Lawyers,” and another five attorneys have been named as “Oregon Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine.