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While movement begins in the nuclear sector and government jobs hold steady, one McMinnville company loses a major aviation client.
Boeing drops Evergreen
McMinnville-based Evergreen International Aviation was surprised to learn that it has lost its contract to operate Boeing Co.'s "Dreamlifter" super freighters.
Evergreen says it was given no reason for the contract loss or an opportunity to submit a rival bid to Atlas Air, which now has the contract.
"It really puts us in a bad position," [Evergreen Chairman Tim Wahlberg] said. "So to say we're disappointed, absolutely. And we're really disappointed that Boeing hasn't come clean on what the deal is. It kind of hurts our reputation."
Read the full story at Mail Tribune.
OSU prof leads nuclear charge
Oregon State University professor Jose Reyes Jr. is the chief technology officer for NuScale Power, which is seeking approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a smaller and simpler reactor than the Three Mile Island plant whose reactor core partially melted in 1979.
Reyes hopes it will be a move toward a nuclear-power resurgence, which he says has made significant improvements over the years.
Read the full story at OregonLive.com.
Bend tech firm's wide reach
Manufacturing and technology company Powers of Automation has a wide range of expertise, taking on projects for clients ranging from pharmaceutical manufacturers to breweries.
The Bend-based business, staffed by owner Steve Powers and an 11-person crew, has extended its reach beyond local clients.
Read the full story at The Bulletin.
Government jobs grow
The number of private-sector jobs in Coos Bay peaked at 17,430 in 2006, but the figure fell to 15,700 by the third quarter of 2009.
However, government jobs in Coos County have seen a smaller decline and state jobs have even managed to grow because of the recession.
Read the full story at The World Link.
2011 session cut short
Like the recent special session, which was cut short from 45 days to 28 days (and finished in 25), the 2011 legislative session is budgeted to last only five months.
It will be the shortest legislative session during an odd-numbered year since 1971.
Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.
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