February 2011

Ochoco fires up job-saving pellet plant

0211_OchocoOchoco Lumber’s new biomass plant, built adjacent to its existing sawmill on its Malheur Lumber site in John Day, began churning out pellets this month.

Numbers don't add up for dairies

0211_MalloriesMilkThe closing of a longtime Oregon dairy has delivered another blow to an already fragile industry suffering from declining milk prices and rising feed costs. Five years ago Oregon had about 330 dairy farms that produced and sold milk. Today it has 280.

Rogue mill brings back 100 jobs

0211_MillThe reopening of a plywood plant in Rogue River has brought 108 jobs and a bit of optimism to a lumber-dependent region hit especially hard by the economic downturn.

Dealwatch February 2011

Big deals of the month.

Oregon's population growth slows

0211_Population_DataburstOregon’s population grew just 12% between 2000 and 2010 after increasing 20% the prior decade.

Embedding music posters with bar codes

0211_TaggrTaggr, a Portland-based startup music promotions company, plans to allow consumers to interact directly with those music posters that spark their interest.

Phoseon takes off in Hillsboro

0211_PhoseonFor nearly a decade Phoseon has been trying to transform the printing industry by replacing high-voltage, mercury-based bulbs used to dry and cure ink with ultraviolet LED lamps that last longer, emit less pollution, use less energy and contain no mercury.