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|Articles - October 2010|
|Tuesday, September 28, 2010|
The big transactions, mergers and deals of the month.
1. Intel Corp. has made its biggest acquisition to date by purchasing security software maker McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion. Intel has also bought Germany’s Infineon Technologies’ wireless communications unit for $1.4 billion in cash. Both moves demonstrate Intel’s effort to expand beyond the personal computer market.
2. Salem-based Sunwest Management Inc. completed a sale of 132 of their senior living facilities in a transaction valued at $1.2 billion. Sunwest has faltered in the last couple years due to the credit crisis, SEC fraud allegations and an extensive bankruptcy reorganization.
3. Lake Oswego-based Greenbrier Companies has announced $130 million worth of new railcar orders and will add 260 workers to the Gunderson railcar manufacturing facility in Northwest Portland. The company has over 1,700 new orders and 1,200 refurbishment orders.
4. Wilsonville-based FLIR Systems has acquired sensor technology company ICx for $274 million, and added a $27 million contract with the U.S. Navy for infrared tracking systems. FLIR makes thermal imaging systems and will use ICx to expand its business into sensors for defense and homeland security markets.
5. Portland-based Blount International has purchased Colorado-based SP Companies Inc., which makes log splitters, for $90 million. Blount makes chain saws and outdoor products for the forestry, garden and construction industries. Blount will use the deal to expand into the ranch and farm markets.
6. Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine maker, will convert a vacant building in Portland’s Pearl District into its new $66 million North American headquarters. The building will accommodate up to 600 employees and host the city’s largest collection of solar panels.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
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Because they have little chance of working for someone else, today’s teens need to be entrepreneurs. But, first, we must teach our teens that entrepreneurship starts small.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
BY DEBRA RINGOLD | GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
How can we strengthen the performance of institutions charged with teaching what Francis Fukuyama calls the social virtues (reciprocity, moral obligation, duty toward community, and trust) necessary for successful markets and democracy itself?
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
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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.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.
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