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Cement plant cuts production
High Five
Thursday, October 01, 2009

Ash Grove Cement Co. is laying off 68 of 115 employees at its Durkee plant.

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Daimler stays in Portland, saves jobs
High Five
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Instead of a planned shutdown next year, Daimler Trucks North America announces it will keep its Portland plant open.

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Former Hynix plant to go solar
High Five
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The South Korean company buying the defunct Hynix plant wants to convert it to solar manufacturing.

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Taking a shot at lead "mining"
High Five
Monday, September 21, 2009

A family company bypasses competition by starting up a lead-recycling business.

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Jobs Watch: Something's burning in Burns
Ben Jacklet
Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Something was burning in Burns, and it smelled awful. Turns out the town dump was on fire: Black smoke was spewing forth from a privately operated landfill loaded with treated wood, plastics and fiberglass from the RV manufacturing plant.

This was the last thing I wanted to breathe in on a sweet morning last Thurdsay in Harney County, where fewer than 8,000 people populate 10,000 square miles of high desert and pine forest. You expect dust storms, sagebrush, weather-beaten pickup trucks, barbed wire, dried up lakes, bullet holes in the road signs. But burning fiberglass?

The locals weren’t too happy about it, either. The smell served as an acrid reminder of the latest industry to leave town. Bankrupt Monaco Coach, which employed 6,500 people as recently as 2006, was in the last stages of shutting down its local operation, with its final day of operations set for Friday. The closure of the Monaco plant leaves Harney County with basically no manufacturing jobs. That’s a harsh reality to accept in a town that once had one of the busiest lumber mills in the world.

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