March 2010

Precision Castparts grows with 15th acquisition

Oregon’s fastest-growing public company has grown even more formidable — and complicated — with its recent acquisition of a 49% share in Yangzhou Chengde Steel Tube Co. of Jiangsu Province, China.

"Economic gardening" nurtures small businesses

Economic developers are beginning to focus on growing Oregon’s small businesses by targeting those with a potential for quick growth and sharing tactical information typically sourced only by big businesses.

Oregon's first crafts guild launches

Oregon’s first guild comprised of historic preservation craftsmen is expected to be launched this month providing craftspeople with networking and marketing opportunities to attract new business.

Stagecraft Industries serves Northwest productions

stagelightColorful samples of velour curtains, lighting tracks and pulley systems in Stagecraft Industries’ offices are hints to the company’s work: producing the backstage infrastructure that makes the magic of musicals and plays across the Northwest.

Intel hones green-power strategy

Intel’s announcement that it will install solar power systems at four locations nationwide including Hillsboro represents the company’s most recent tactic in a sweeping global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Laika plans next act after successful year

travisRegardless of how Coraline fares at the Academy Awards, it has been a triumphant awards season for independent animation studio Laika.

Recession creates buyback boom

IMG_7985Storeowners throughout the state who offer customers the option of selling their books, CDs or clothes for cash or in-store credit are noticing that the recession has caused the buyback culture to increase dramatically.