Tag Archives: Wood Products

OSU unveils wood products lab

Normally, German-built Kuka industrial robots are used for precision machining, high-speed assembly or other automated manufacturing tasks. On Thursday, however, Oregon State University employed one of the $300,000 machines for a more mundane purpose: cutting the cake at the grand opening of the new A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. Source: OSU unveils wood […]
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Oregon Insight: wood products’ decline was steep – but it remains vital in rural counties

Oregon’s wood products manufacturing sector has shed more than half its workforce since 1990, but an analysis by the Oregon Employment Department finds it still plays an essential economic role in several rural communities. Regional state labor economist Brian Rooney found the number of Oregon forest products jobs plunged from 46,100 in 1990 to just […]
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Oregon’s Wood Product Manufacturing Industry Is Still Important, Especially in Rural Areas

Once Oregon’s largest manufacturing industry, employment in the wood product manufacturing industry has gone through large, well-publicized losses since the early 1990s, with its employment dropping below computer and electronic manufacturing and food manufacturing. Despite the losses, wood product manufacturing is still a large industry in Oregon and is especially important to rural areas of […]
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What Replaces Timber?

Between the mill closure in Coos Bay, downsizing in Forest Grove, and the lively cap and trade discussions, there has been a renewed interest and focus on the timber industry in Oregon. Our office has fielded nearly a dozen requests recently to speak about the industry, historical changes and the outlook. As such, I have […]
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DEQ fines wood products company in Eugene

A Eugene wood products company faces a fine from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Architectural Millwork MFG Co. in Eugene was fined $10,634 in May for allegedly failing to collect and analyze storm water samples, according to the DEQ. The company on Cross Street in West Eugene makes custom wood molding. Architectural Millwork appealed […]
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A vibrant wood products market is good for Oregon and the climate: Guest opinion

In his April 21 op-ed “Our forests can make Oregon the first carbon-neutral state,” Dominick DellaSala proposes that the state can achieve this feat by disincentivizing wood production from our forestlands. He believes that Oregon’s forests have the potential to be a large carbon sink, and that they should be managed to more aggressively offset […]
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Wood products industry shows job growth; Industry still shrinking despite gains

Industry still shrinking despite gains. In what economists are calling a “slight rebound,” the Central Oregon wood-products industry could hire as many as 2,900 people to fill new positions and replace retiring workers over the next six years, according to the Oregon Employment Department. Source: Wood products industry shows job growth; Industry still shrinking despite […]
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Wood products firms ride momentum

Strong demand, low interest rates and expected benefits from tax cuts fuel optimism. All signs indicate that Lane County’s wood products factories will keep humming in 2018. Those indicators include a strong national economy, growth in U.S. housing starts and hoped-for economic benefits from the tax law passed by Congress in December. Source: Wood products […]
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The future of forestry: OSU college gets a major makeover, but not everyone approves

On a campus dominated by red brick and concrete, Oregon State University’s George W. Peavy Forest Science Center stands out. Source: The future of forestry: OSU college gets a major makeover, but not everyone approves | Local | gazettetimes.com

Rogue Valley homeowners downsizing their dreams

With residential building costs rocketing ever higher, price-conscious customers are dialing it back. “Everyone has a budget, even people with more money,” said Tim Alvarez, president of the Southern Oregon Builders Association. “Typically, with the price per square foot going up, the 2,200-square-foot house someone wanted ends up 1,800 square feet. If that’s what they […]
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