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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, May 14, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
There are more than 160 farmers markets in Oregon, contributing an estimated $50 million in sales, according to the Oregon Farmers Markets Association. We checked in on the Forest Grove market, which for several years has brought local produce and food vendors to Main Street in the center of town.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
As the recession recedes and tourism grows, Central Oregon resorts redefine themselves for a new generation.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY HANNAH WALLACE
Travelers have always come to Oregon for its natural beauty. But will the increasing popularity of agritourism, European-style hiking getaways and forest resorts relax Oregon's notoriously strict land-use laws?
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
A Power Lunch at Oswego Grill.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Like all good journalists, OB editorial staff typically eschew freebies. But health care costs being what they are, digital news editor Jacob Palmer couldn't resist ZoomCare's offer of a three-in-one (cleaning, exam, whitening) dental office visit, guaranteed to take no more than 57 minutes.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
One year after he was appointed chair of the Portland Development Commission, Tom Kelly talks about PDC's longevity, Neil Kelly's comeback and his new role as Portlandia's landlord.
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