July 2009

Oregon's Top Private 150 Companies

The results from our annual Private 150 ranking are understandably bleak, given that the economy has been in recession for nearly 20 months. Revenues and jobs for Oregon's privately held powerhouses fell steeply, with Big Timber continuing to take a beating, along with heavy manufacturing and auto dealerships. There were exceptions to the general downward trend, but the gains of the few were modest in comparison to the losses of the many.

Gaining ground

OBMWellpartner-135Most of Oregon's private companies struggled in 2008, but a handful of well-positioned upstarts achieved impressive growth.

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IMG_2370Film festivals across the state struggle to stay on the red carpet.

Rose's family recipe enables Beaverton Foods to prosper over the long haul

BeavertonFoods-031The $21 million Beaverton Foods empire was founded on Mama’s smarts, and her descendants are not resting on their hot and honey mustards.

Barons of barter

OBMTradia-576No cash? No problem. Trade it! For businesses that join trade clubs, it's not all about the Benjamins.

Mining industry digs into the Valley's best soil

willamette_valleyFertile land is the lifeblood of Oregon’s agricultural industry, a major economic driver that is almost completely family-run. But land — including the physical space, topsoil and rock underneath it — is a lucrative resource and contenders include aggregate mining companies. The reason: much of the highest-quality basalt is located under the best soil.


Oregon Caves, historic chateau help boost Josephine County

chateau-fall-pond1For 100 years, tourists have traveled through the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern Oregon to explore the Oregon Caves National Monument. For the past 75 years they could stay at the Oregon Caves Chateau, a National Historic Landmark. These remote attractions are more than historic sites — they bring tourism dollars to a county continuing to struggle with the loss of timber revenues.