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Economic Development in the Mid-Willamette Valley

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Winter 2016


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Winter 2016 Features 4 Manufacturing in the Region on the Rise 7 Profiles

GK Machine • Specialty Polymers • Freres Lumber Advantage Precast • Elkay Wood Products More profiles online: Littau Harvester • MAK Grills Modern Building Systems • Oregon Ballistics Labs West Coast Companies

In this Issue 2 SEDCOR Events 3 Backbone of Our Economy President’s Message by Chad Freeman

13 CabDoor Employees Recognized 14 Strategic Alliances by Marcia Bagnall

16 Freres Unveils Mass Plywood Panel 17 Massive Tax Proposal Fails 18 Economic Development News

Stayton High School • City of Salem • Oregon Entrepeneuers Network Oregon Manufacturing Awards • Oregon Economic Development Association Wilco/Hazelnut Growers Association Groundbreaking

21 New Members

First American Title • Crossroads Linens • Cascade Capital Funding Legend Web Solutions • HUB Northwest • Santiam Hospital

25 Awards & Honors Capital Auto Group • Dale’s Remodeling 27 People Rich Duncan Construction • Travel Salem • Dale’s Remodeling 27 Philanthropy Marquis Spas • Salem Health 29 Products, Programs & Projects CD Redding Construction Salem Convention Center • White Oak Construction

32 New & Renewing Members On the Cover

Tyler Kuenzi is the Plant Manager at Elkay Wood Products Company, a manufacturer of cabinetry for residential homes under several well-known brands. The firm employs 200 people at its Independence, Ore., facility. Photo by Diane Stevenson

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SEDCOR Events ECONOMIC BUSINESS FORUM January 11, February 8, March 8 The monthly

Executive Council

Economic Business


Members at Large

Rich Duncan

Kevin Cameron

President, Rich Duncan Construction, Inc.

Commissioner, Marion County

Past Chair

Brent DeHart

Patricia Callihan-Bowman

Owner/Career Coach, Express Employment Professionals

Secretary/Treasurer Daryl Knox

CPA, AKT LLP, CPAs and Business Consultants

Chair Elect Mark Hoyt

Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual

Steve Powers

is a fixture on

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the region’s business calendars. Each month, experts speak about timely topics pertinent to business leaders

City Manager, City of Salem

across the spectrum of industries represented by

Theresa Haskins

our membership. This forum is held as a business

Business Market Manager, Portland General Electric

Nathan Levin

Owner, Nathan Levin Company

Partner, Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP

lunch on the second Wednesday of each month. Our forums are held at Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway Street NE, Salem.


Board of Directors Ryan Allbritton

Forum Lunch

Ken Jundt

Sponsored by:

Region President, US Bank

Regional Manager, Columbia Bank

Bruce Anderson

Tyler Kuenzi

Plant Manager, Elkay Wood Products Company

SEDCOR is offering a new series of workshops on

Ricardo Baez

Jennifer Larsen Morrow

preventing crimes that are covered by the Federal

Regional Community Affairs Manager, NW Natural President, Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Foods, Inc.

President, Creative Company, Inc.

David Briggs

Chief Administrative Officer, Marion County

Cathy Clark

Owner, Turner Lumber, Inc.

Trial Lawyer, Partner, Saalfeld Griggs PC Mayor, City of Keizer

John Lattimer

Rod Lucas

Johnny Mack

Alan Costic AIA

President, AC+Co. Architecture

Executive Dean of Career and Technical Education, Chemeketa Community College

Amy Doerfler

Alan Meyer

Secretary/Treasurer, Doerfler Farms, Inc.

James Dooley

Regional Business Manager, Pacific Power

James Parr

President, Larsen Flynn Insurance

CFO, Salem Health

Bureau of Investigation. Each workshop covers prevention methods for different types of common threat to businesses. The FBI CREST (Community Relations Executive Seminar Training) is a short, focused version of the FBI Citizens Academy program. It is designed to build trust and strengthen relationships between the FBI and the communities they serve. Classes are taught by FBI executives and special agents.

Michael Fowler

Anna Peterson

CEO, CabDoor

Mayor, City of Salem

The first session was offered on Thursday,

Tony Frazier

Craig Pope

December 1 and focused on Cyber Crime. Mark

Executive Director, Incite, Inc.

Commissioner, Board Chair, Polk County

Lesa Goff

Jim Rasmussen

Senior Vice President/Loan Team Leader, Wells Fargo Bank

President/CEO, Modern Building Systems, Inc.

Larry Goodreau

VP Commercial Lending, Umpqua Bank

Senior Vice President/Commercial Willamette Community Bank

Dave Hayes

Partner, LCG Pence Construction, LLC

Byron Hendricks

Mark Raum

Scott Snyder

Regional Manager, The Grand Hotel in Salem

Randy Stockdale

• January 26, 2017: Terrorism and Social Media Recruitment • March 2, 2017: Sex Trafficking and Gangs


Foundation Director, Silverton Health

March 30

Phil Taylor

SEDCOR holds Industrial Site Tours every year,

President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals

Department Administrator, Kaiser Permanente

Eric Jamieson

Dan Ulven

Attorney/Shareholder, Garrett Hemann Robertson P.C.

President, The Ulven Companies

George Jennings

General Manager, Garmin AT, Inc.

Counsel to the President, Mountain West Investment Corporation

your calendar for these upcoming sessions:

Steve VanArsdale

Jamie Johnk

Economic Development Director, City of Woodburn

visiting manufacturing facilities throughout the region. These popular tours provide a unique educational opportunity for SEDCOR members, who learn more about local industry and its impact on the economy. With the generous support of sponsors, these tours are free of charge and available to members only. Watch your email and the SEDCOR web site for details!

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The Mid-Willamette Valley Manufacturing Industry

Backbone of Our Economy Manufacturing and traded sector jobs are the backbone of our economy. These jobs bring resources, innovation and technology back to our homes and communities.

Chad Freeman SEDCOR President

For those interested in numbers, the impact of these jobs is impressive. According to the Oregon Employment Department, the manufacturing sector in our three-county region accounts for 19,600 jobs and a total payroll of over $834 million. We’re talking about an average wage of $42,477. And these are primarily small businesses—more than 720 independent companies in this region are making everything from potato chips, to tractors, to aerospace equipment, to high-end cabinetry and everything in between. The money, resources and energy these firms bring help to create the world we live in. These companies provide jobs for families, tax revenue for schools and the incredible volunteers who help make our vibrant

communities. All jobs are important, however the traded sector, led by our manufacturers, drives the success of our region because the companies bring wealth and resources here from outside the region. In the last election we had some difficult choices to make. At a state level, Measure 97 was proposed that would have significantly taxed many of these companies directly, making it difficult to remain competitive in the global environment we live in. Here at SEDCOR we don’t normally weigh in on issues like these. However this one was so damaging that we had to take a stand against it. After the defeat of Measure 97, it remains to be seen where we will go to support our communities through the traded sector. If we want a bright future in our region, it’s the manufacturers and their many supporting firms who will take us there.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY Commercial Manufacturing Students will develop an understanding of the manufacturing field and learn to operate machinery that makes parts and products used by consumers and businesses. Machinery at CTEC includes water lasers, computerassisted drafting CAD, welders, metal lathes, machine mills and more.

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Residential Construction Students will have exposure to authentic projects, timelines and tradecraft related to residential construction. Areas of focus will include: excavation, foundations, concrete, floor, wall, and roof framing, hand tool use and safety, technical math and English as well as computer assisted drafting.


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2017-2018 3D Design The program provides innovative curriculum, instruction, facilities, and equipment for students to learn advanced aspects of multimedia and live TV production, animation, 2D & 3D design, 2D & 3D game development, and the use of industry tools including video production equipment and 3D software.

NEW: Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) The program will provide innovative curriculum, instruction, facilities and equipment for students to learn advanced aspects of programming, designing, assembling and operating UAS for air, ground and/or water.

NEW: Automotive Collision Repair

Provides students the opportunity to learn technical and professional skills expected within the Cosmetology industry. The program provides curriculum, instruction, and practice to assist students in meeting the requirements to be licensed by the Oregon State Licensing Board of Cosmetology.

The program will provide innovative curriculum, instruction, facilities and equipment for students to learn advanced aspects of hand and power tools, structural theory and developing an estimated repair plan, replacing damaged systems and painting and finishing repaired vehicles.


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The Mid-Willamette Valley’s Manufacturing sector is on the rise after a tough recession. by James Day

Like much of the nation, the manufacturing sector faced severe challenges in Oregon during the Great Recession of 2007-09. However, the state and the Mid-Willamette Valley have recovered faster from the economic shock than the United States as a whole, said state employment economist Will Burchard in a late 2015 profile of the manufacturing sector. Burchard noted that since December 2009 manufacturing employment in Oregon has grown by 14.4 percent compared with 7.4 percent for the nation. In the Mid-Willamette Valley, Yamhill County’s recovery has been strong, with employment in the sector reaching an all-time high of 6,735 jobs in 2015, according to Will Summers with the Oregon Employment Department. Yamhill’s growth, Summers said, is mainly fueled by food processing and wine. “Other firms have come to Yamhill County in a variety of industries,” Summers said, “but none are near the wine production industry.” From 2001 to 2015 Yamhill County’s food manufacturing jobs increased from 470 to 870, with the beverage sector booming from 318 to 1,081. The recovery in Marion County has been a bit slower, but still enjoying 12 percent growth. Manufacturing peaked in the mid-1990s with about 15,000 jobs, according to Summers. The sector dropped to 9,500 during the recession but by 2015 had bounced back to more than 10,600. Nick Harville, SEDCOR Business Retention And Expansion Manager noted, however, that “Marion County came through those years better than employment statistics would indicate. Garmin AT has expanded their Salem, Ore. facility three times with the help of SEDCOR.

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GK Machine employs nearly 180 people at its Donald, Ore. manufacturing plant. At the height of the recession there were hundreds of unfilled jobs.” Polk County manufacturing, meanwhile, peaked at approximately 3,500 jobs in 1979 and has since fallen to about 2,200, a drop that Summers attributes mainly to declines in the logging and forest products industries. Looking forward, Summers said “we see manufacturing employment growing slowly in the near future, but it is not forecast to regain its pre-recession levels through 2024.” Those working in the sector will continue to see better paychecks, Summers added. “Except for food processing, manufacturing employment pays better than most other jobs for the level of education necessary to get the jobs,” he said. Here is a look at the current state of manufacturing in the Mid-Willamette Valley, along with some thoughts on the challenge the sector faces, through the eyes of local business leaders. The Mid-Willamette Valley Manufacturing Industry

The 200 employees at Elkay Wood Products’ Independence facility manufacture cabinet products for customers across the West Coast and mountain regions of Canada and the U.S.

Advantages of the Region

“We are seeing growth,” he added. “Our customers are adding staff and machinery in order Tyler Kuenzi, plant manager at the Elkay to be more effective as well as grow their business. Wood Products facility in Independence, noted It’s a change in the trend post-2008 where many that “our trends follow the housing market,” but seemed averse to new equipment (because of the he also identified advantages to working in the debt) or adding staff.” Mid-Willamette Valley. Kuenzi stressed that companies need to be more “Close to work force, close to raw materials (the aggressive in working with suppliers to keep wood industry) and easy access to transportation expenses down. (via Interstate 5)” are strong advantages to doing “Manufacturers need to be looking for alternative business here, according to Kuenzi. options or working with Steve VanArsdale, suppliers to come up general manager at with more cost-effective Garmin’s aviation solutions,” he said. “New technology operation technology, new materials in Salem, stressed the and competition can educational advantages of bring the price of supplied the region. goods down.” “For Garmin,” VanArsdale said, “the Challenges ahead availability of excellent Virtually everyone graduates in engineering interviewed for this story at local and regional mentioned workforce universities helps us to issues that need to be ­ Will Summers attract top talent. With addressed. a corporate strategy of Oregon Employment Department Harville noted that vertical integration, the nationally the U.S. is availability of engineering trying to fill 300,000 talent has been a key factor in our continuing manufacturing jobs and add 100,000 truck drivers. growth.” “Competing with other parts of the U.S. and Michael Fowler, CEO of Cabdoor in Salem added the world for a workforce will be our great that “quality of life” is a key factor in the success of challenge for many years to come,” Harville said. his door and dovetail drawers business. “Large companies will begin to locate where their “The Willamette Valley is an incredible place to employee needs can be met rather than where cost make a living and raise a family,” Fowler said. of operations or incentives” come into play.

“Except for food processing, manufacturing employment pays better than most other jobs for the level of education necessary to get the jobs.”

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MANUFACTURING SECTOR continued from page 5 “Companies need to be willing to pay a premium for a skilled workforce or have a training plan in order to develop the new or existing workforce,” said Kuenzi. Fowler cited “an adequate supply of labor” and Harville called for “a workforce with fundamental skills.” VanArsdale, while noting the positive impact of area engineering graduates, said that “hiring a skilled workforce will continue to be a challenge.” The supply chain and manufacturing methods also play a role, Harville and Kuenzi said. “Companies who haven’t fully embraced lean manufacturing principles continue to seek out ways to reduce production times and increase efficiency,” Harville said. “Many companies are buying machines (instead of) having to find employees so they can use those employees with good trade skills in more demanding positions.” Harville added that “suppliers are not stocking huge numbers of inventory so it does take longer lead times for some goods to come from suppliers.” Kuenzi, meanwhile, cautioned “the manufacturing industry cannot sit back and run their business like they always have. Manufacturing companies must work with suppliers and vendors to come up with ways to reduce raw materials costs, introduce new technology in all aspects of the business to eliminate costs, and engage the workforce to improve efficiency in order to stay competitive in the marketplace.” Many also expressed concerns about government regulation and how it can affect the competitiveness of the sector. “The regulatory environment … needs to be simplified and the burden lessened,” said Fowler. “Every dollar available to invest that isn’t directly connected to something the customer is buying is an addition to operating costs. Most manufacturers have limited pricing power and compete across state lines.” Summers noted the frustration of land use and wetlands regulations that can affect the cost of doing business in Oregon,

while VanArsdale spoke of the challenge of “state government’s perception of business.” “As a manufacturer who has sites all over the world and U.S., it is becoming increasingly difficult to be competitive here in Oregon,” VanArsdale said. “As costs to do business here continue to increase, it could have a significant impact on where Garmin decides to expand manufacturing.”

Learn More We’re delighted that a number of companies submitted profiles for this issue of Enterprise. In fact, we received more than we could print within the page limits of the magazine. See for all the profiles submitted, including:

Oregon Ballistic Laboratories, LLC These companies have made a significant mark on the region’s manufacturing industry. We appreciate their participation.

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Company Name and Brief History:

GK Machine began in the early 1970’s when Gary Grossen and his brother Keith were in high school. Growing up on a dairy farm, they began repairing equipment for local farmers and nurserymen. In 1976, they created their company, GK Machine. They decided to design and build a few pieces of equipment that wouldn’t continue to break down – while assisting local farmers to keep equipment going during the busy season. Today, we help our clients solve problems, reduce costs, and increase productivity.

Describe what your company does: Progressive engineering, Lean manufacturing with advanced software and highly automated CNC machining helps GK Machine meet and exceed our customer’s expectations. MANUFACTURING: • Custom design & engineering • Fabrication & welding • Laser & plasma cutting • Bending & saw • CNC machining • Industrial finish & coating • Electric wiring harness • Hydraulic manifolds PRODUCTS & SERVICES: Agricultural equipment, OEM manufacturing, custom equipment, parts & supply counter, equipment repair, greenhouses & nursery supplies

Who are your customers, and where are they located geographically?

Our core customers are agriculture related industries located in the Northwest, California, Mid-West, Southwest as well as Canada and Mexico. Our industrial and custom manufacturing customers are located all over the world, from North America, South America to the United Kingdom and Asia.

If your market has changed in the last five years, how has it impacted you?

The agricultural, nursery and industrial contract manufacturing markets continue to strongly support GK’s growth. We’ve added on to the existing facility with an additional 108,000 square foot building for a total of 178,000 of shop floor space. We’ve purchased new stateof-the art machining equipment; horizontal and a jumbo sized mill turn, vertical mill, lath with live tools, roll-form machine and a new large plate plasma cutting machine.

How many people do you employ within Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties? Within the last 5 years, we’ve grown from approximately 85 employees to nearly 180 employees.

What type of training do your workers need, and where do you go for that training?

We have a broad range of positions: engineers, fabricators, CNC machinists, repair mechanics, field technicians, purchasing agents, sales, administrative support, shipping/ receiving clerks, and more. Depending on the position, some require a 4-year degree (engineering) and others 2-year certificate training (machinist and fabricators). Most of our employees receive their training through local community college programs.

What types of companies in the region are in your supply chain?

GK Machine utilizes a variety of supply chain companies within the region, such as OEM manufacturers, distributors, raw material and fabrication suppliers.

What differentiates the Mid-Willamette Valley as a profitable place to do business?

The Mid-Willamette Valley has been home to GK Machine for 40 years. Based in Donald, we’re located in the heart of Oregon’s ag community, 20 miles south of Portland Metro area and just off of the I-5 corridor. We’re within driving distance to an International Airport. All these factors, as well as being near our original ag-based customers, who we continue to serve since 1976, make this a profitable place to do business. Enterprise Winter 2016 7




Brief history: Our roots date back to 1969, when Ray Southwell started Specialty Polymers with a goal to provide high quality, innovative products to the coatings industry. In our 47-year history, we’ve grown to include multiple manufacturing sites and more than 300 different products.

Describe what your company does: Specialty Polymers is a dynamic, family-owned manufacturer of environmentally friendly water-based polymers and adhesives with an emphasis on providing outstanding technical and customer service.

Our production team is provided on the job training and mentoring with long term and highly experienced employees. As the only polymer and adhesive manufacturer located in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve found that new employees are most successful with this type of training.

Describe your product or service lines: Water based emulsions and wood adhesives.

Who are your customers, and where are they located geographically? Customers are located throughout North America. We work with some of the largest paint and industrial wood coating manufacturers. We also supply adhesives to high performance wood product manufacturers.

If your market has changed in the last five years, how has it impacted you? Industry consolidation has provided opportunities that we’ve been able to take advantage of as a smaller, family owned company. As consumers become more environmentally conscious, we have been able to grow our business utilizing our water based technology.

How many people do you employ within Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties? We employ 55 full time employees.

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What type of training do your workers need, and where do you go for that training?

What types of companies in the region are in your supply chain? We use a wide variety of local distributors and service providers ranging from electrical contractors to custom and highly specialized manufacturing equipment. Specialty Polymers prefers to use a company or individual contractor who is based in the Mid-Willamette Valley whenever possible.

What differentiates the Mid-Willamette Valley as a profitable place to do business? We have an excellent labor pool and outstanding service providers. Our proximity to the Interstate 5 freeway is essential for our shipping needs. Additionally, our regional utility rates are very competitive.

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Brief history:

Freres Lumber Co., Inc. was established in 1922 in Lyons, Oregon as a family-owned and operated wood products manufacturing business. Three generations of family management have led the company’s veneer and plywood manufacturing facilities in the Santiam Canyon.

Describe what your company does:

At Freres Lumber Co., we operate six processing plants, including a small log plant, large log plant, veneer drying facility, plywood plant and cogeneration facility. We are committed to maintaining modern manufacturing facilities, providing high-quality wood products, and providing family wage jobs within our communities.

Describe your product or service lines:

We specialize in creating the highest quality wood products, from raw log to finished products, including: hog fuel, bark fines, chips, shavings, specialty veneer, grade lumber, high-quality sheathing grade plywood and even electricity. Roughly two-thirds of our primary products are veneer, the remainder plywood. In 2017, we will introduce a new product called a Mass Plywood Panel. This patentpending product will compete directly with reinforced concrete and Cross Laminated Timber in mid-story construction.

Who are your customers, and where are they located geographically?

Our veneer customers are wood products companies, primarily in Oregon and Washington, who make end-user products from our veneer. Our plywood products are shipped throughout the U.S., primarily into California, the Midwest and the Northeast. We also sell products into British Columbia. Residuals such as bark fines, chips and shavings are sold to local nurseries, pulp and paper mills, and particle manufacturers. Our cogeneration plant provides electricity back to the grid for over 5,000 households.

If your market has changed in the last five years, how has it impacted you?

Our market has been significantly affected by imports, primarily due to a strong U.S. dollar. Increased competition from South America and Canada have depressed profit margins and restricted our ability to buy timber. We have

just announced the development of a new Mass Plywood Panel that we hope will reduce our exposure to the commodity plywood panel markets.

How many people do you employ within Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties? We employ approximately 480 people in Linn County, but many of our employees are from Marion County.

What type of training do your workers need, and where do you go for that training? We need employees with various skills to fill jobs such as general labor, machine operators, truck drivers, rolling stock operators, millwrights, electricians and supervisory staff. We often provide training in specific skills that we require, or we look to trade programs and community colleges. We look forward to increased high school vocational training.

What types of companies in the region are in your supply chain? For direct inputs, we purchase timber from Federal, State and private sources. We contract cutting, logging and log-hauling to local companies such as Sky Car Logging, Lulay Timber, G&M Logging, Ward Logging and R&R Conner Aviation. We have over two hundred suppliers, including Platt, North Coast, Motion Industries and Fastenal. Pape Machinery and Peterson supply our trucks and rolling stock; General or Western supply our trailers. We work with the local Ventek Incorporated for manufacturing equipment.

What differentiates the Mid-Willamette Valley as a profitable place to do business? The Mid-Willamette Valley provides the geographical access to the timber that we need to sustain our operations. Our company was founded in the Valley, and we have operated in the same location for decades. Enterprise Winter 2016 9




Brief history: Rick Day has been in the concrete business for 33 years, after serving in the U.S. Army. He founded Advantage Precast Inc. in 1995

Describe what your company does: We manufacture and sell precast concrete structures and components from our facility in Keizer, Oregon.

How many people do you employ within Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties?

Describe your product or service lines:

We have consistently employed a minimum of 35 people at our Keizer facility this year.

We produce a wide variety of products including utility structures, manholes, catch basins, vaults, boxes, pipes, wine cellars, bridge structures, livestock pens, benches, and walls.

Who are your customers, and where are they located geographically? Our customers are excavators, heavy contractors, municipalities, developers and departments of transportation across Oregon, Washington, Northern California, Alaska, and Hawaii.

If your market has changed in the last five years, how has it impacted you? The decrease in subdivisions in 2008 and following caused us to diversify and reach into new markets and new product development.

What type of training your workers need, and where do you go for that training? Framing, finishing, supervision, CDL, welding, and forklift. Much of this we do in-house, but we also utilize Northwest College of Construction and Chemeketa Community College.

What types of companies in the region are in your supply chain? Cascade Steel Mill, Davis Wire Corp., Riverbend, D&L Foundry, and MNOP among many others.

What differentiates the Mid-Willamette Valley as a profitable place to do business? Availability of raw materials, low-cost power, and a great workforce make this a profitable place to do business.

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ELKAY WOOD PRODUCTS COMPANY INDEPENDENCE, OREGON communities. Elkay sells their products in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Independence plant services primarily the West Coast and Mountain regions of Canada and the United States.

Company name and brief history:

Elkay Wood Products Company is owned by Elkay Manufacturing Company. Family-Owned since 1920, The Elkay Manufacturing Company began as a vision of Leopold Katz and his son Louis on the North side of Chicago back in 1920. Founded with the goals of manufacturing the highest quality sinks and providing the best service possible with more than 3,500 employees worldwide, they are proud to be America’s number-one selling stainless steel sink company.

Describe what your company does:

To meet the demands of a changing marketplace, over the years Elkay has expanded from their base business to include the manufacture of faucets, water coolers, drinking fountains and bottle fillers. Elkay then added a cabinetry division and achieved our goal of being a more complete supplier of kitchen and bath products for both residential and commercial installations.

Describe your product or service lines:

The Independence plant produces semi-custom cabinetry for residential homes under several different brandsMedallion, Schuler, and Yorktowne cabinetry. Not only does the plant produce 500-600 cabinets per day, but they also supply the associated accessory items that make the kitchen complete (moldings, panels, accessories).

Who are your customers, and where are they located geographically?

The end consumer is our ultimate customer where our products will reside for years in people’s homes. However, we do sell through a dealer network and through home centers. This allows the customer to work with known contractors and retailers that they are familiar with in their

If your market has changed in the last five years, how has it impacted you?

Market trends on colors and finishes have changed over the years. As the years go by, Elkay continues to increase their product offerings in order to stay competitive in the market place. Today, we are producing 40-50 percent painted product, where several years back we produced 10 percent. The company has to continue to adapt, because in ten years this may shift to something else.

How many people do you employ within Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties?

Elkay employs around 200 people at the Independence facility.

What type of training do your workers need, and where do you go for that training?

Employees receive safety, quality, and product knowledge immediately upon hire to prepare them for the work place. Job specific training occurs, along with ongoing skill training for specialized positions.

What types of companies in the region are in your supply chain?

Elkay uses a variety of companies that supply sheet stock (plywood and particle board), wood components such as doors and frame components within Oregon. We also utilize local staffing agencies to support our ongoing need for hiring and sustaining our work force.

What differentiates the Mid-Willamette Valley as a profitable place to do business?

This region is a good place to do business due to the location near raw material supply, competitive energy costs, as well as access to a good work force.


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CabDoor Employees Recognized For Manufacturing Day 2016 In honor of MFG Day 2016, Strategic Economic Development Corporation partnered with the AKT Manufacturing team to award a Certificate of Recognition to Salem manufacturer, Cabinet Door Service Co. LLC. Cabinet Door Service is a Salem based manufacturer of custom hardwood components. The company has been in Salem since it was started in 1989 and today employs 200 people. Chad Summers, AKT Manufacturing Business Advisor, and SEDCOR President Chad Freeman presented the certificate to a select group that represented the employees of Cabinet Door Service. The company was also recognized in early September as SEDCOR’s 2016 Manufacturer of the Year. AKT is a sponsor of MFG Day 2016, a national celebration of the manufacturing industry demonstrating the potential of modern manufacturing, and the opportunity for careers. “Our team is proud to partner with valued trade associations and support worthy organizations helping to address the

challenges manufacturers face in attracting talent and skills into their industry sector,” said Summers. As this year’s recipient of AKT’s Certificate of Recognition for Manufacturing Day 2016, AKT made a donation in the name of Cabinet Door Service to the following three organizations to help support their mission and contribute a positive impact to the future of manufacturing: • Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences (CAIS), providing students an innovative, contextual learning environment focused on Manufacturing Technologies. • Impact NW: Pathways to Manufacturing, an incubator for high school-aged children designed to address industry workforce needs,

help lower the drop-out rate, and provide clear pathways to rewarding careers in manufacturing. • For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), showing students of every age that science, technology, and problem solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all. MFG Day was officially celebrated across the country on October 7, 2016. SEDCOR and AKT Manufacturing are actively involved in the manufacturing sector. Both organizations strive to provide resources, education and assistance to help manufacturers take on the unique challenges and opportunities they face.

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Strategic Alliances Manufacturers are an important center core in the

• A newer company can “borrow” some of the good reputation of an older one if they’re working together. It’s always good to be connected to someone with high standing if you can manage it.

middle of a web of other business. They receive raw materials, packaging and other inputs from producers. They pass on finished or partially finished goods to distributors, wholesalers or consumers.

• Building alliances can lead to alternative sources of financing. A partner may front the costs for a joint project, or provide credit to you in exchange for a favorable agreement. How creative can you get with a concept like this?

And sometimes it makes sense to team up with some of their producers, distributors and others to meet a large and important goal. How about launching a joint marketing campaign that benefits all the

• A strategic alliance can provide opportunities for mentorship. What can each member of the partnership teach the others? How can one partner’s experience benefit the others and build the alliance?

players, or agreeing to share a pool of employees, or bid together on a large contract? Here are some advantages to this arrangement and some cautions too. • Partnering with other companies is a way to leverage your resources to help you provide goods and services better, faster or cheaper than you do now. It’s also a way to attract a larger customer base.

Be sure that any agreements are clearly spelled out in writing before you begin anything though, so that all parties are clear on expected inputs and outcomes. Before you do anything on a large scale, test drive a smaller informal project first.

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Mid-Willamette Lumber Provider Unveils Mass Plywood Panel For Tall Wood Structures Freres Lumber Co., Inc. of Lyons, Ore. announced the development of Mass Plywood Panel (MPP), a new-to-market wood product that may offer a shift in the West Coast veneer and panel products industry. MPP is a large scale plywood panel with maximum finished panel dimensions up to 12 feet wide by 48 feet long and up to 24 inches thick. The panels may be customized to fit specific projects, constructed in one-inch thick increments that provide superior strength and performance. MPP is an alternative to Cross Laminated Timbers (CLT), a recent engineered lumber panel that allows wood products to be used for multi-story buildings, while also increasing the speed of construction. While both are new wood product innovations, the MPP uses engineered veneer and custom plywood layups as a base material rather than lumber. “Studies conducted at Oregon State University show that by using veneer as a raw material for a Mass Timber Panel, we

can potentially achieve the same structural attributes of a CLT panel with 20 to 30 percent less wood,” said Tyler Freres, Vice President of Sales for the company. Freres cited several advantages of the MPP product, including the opportunity for these large format panels to be manufactured with window, door and all other required cut-outs, which will minimize waste and labor on the job site. The relative lightness of the panels may also reduce transportation costs and logistics when constructing buildings on the job site. The product was developed and is being tested and refined through a partnership with researchers at Oregon State University College of Forestry and the new Center for Advanced Wood Products. Resin supplier, Hexion, was also instrumental in product development. Patents are pending. Freres said the product allows the industry to produce high-quality, structurally superior homes and buildings at much more affordable prices. Freres Lumber Co., Inc. has tentative plans to construct the manufacturing plant on Cedar Mill Rd. in Lyons, near its other wood processing plants. The company expects to have a full MPP production facility by the end of 2017.

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Massive Tax Proposal Fails in statewide ballot In November at the ballot box, Oregonians rejected by a strong margin Ballot Measure 97, the $6 billion public employee union backed corporate gross receipts tax that would have been the largest tax increase in Oregon history. Industry groups across the state came together to fight the onerous proposal, and SEDCOR is no exception. While rarely engaging in political issues, the SEDCOR board of directors had taken the extraordinary step of voting unanimously to officially oppose Measure 97, and SEDCOR joined economic development groups across Oregon in committing to the defeat of this damaging and costly measure that would have added $600 to every Oregon household’s tax bill. Supporting the statewide campaign effort, SEDCOR encouraged members to join the opposition coalition and even hosted a special presentation on Measure 97 to hear from experts and discuss how the proposal to increase taxes on the sales of products and services sold in Oregon could impact the region’s leaders, families and businesses. In the meantime, SEDCOR staff heard from a number of companies – large and small, from various industries – about the damage this unprecedented bill would have had on local

businesses and communities within Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. During September and October, SEDCOR engaged in a number of activities to support the effort to defeat Measure 97. These included letters to business members with tools for


talking about the issue; consistent messaging, videos, and news items on social media; news stories on the web site and newsletter; targeted emails; and connecting local media with subject matter experts on taxes and the economy. As ballots were dropping across the state, Oregon was in the spotlight among tax experts and businesses. The nation’s leading independent tax policy

research organization listed Measure 97 on its “Top State Tax Ballot Initiatives to Watch in 2016,” referring to the bill as “economically destructive.” The non-partisan Tax Foundation, based in Washington DC, noted that “Oregon’s tax Is projected to bring in $6 billion dollars over the biennium budget, swelling government revenues by 25 percent.” In the end, Oregon Ballot Measure 97 overwhelmingly failed 59-40 percent, an unprecedented victory for the business community that came together to oppose the measure.

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Top News in Brief Students Learn Trades by Building House In Stayton

“It took a lot of work and coordination from our Superintendent Andy Gardner, myself, Bill Martinak, SEDCOR partners, and others in the community to make it happen,” said Kirby. “You can’t deny the real learning and experience that is taking place, and the program will only grow from here.

Alan Kirby, the principal of Stayton High School, is serious about giving students real-world experience in the trades. About a dozen students from his school are working together under the guidance of skilled craftsmen to build a 2-bedroom home in Stayton.

New Hazelnut Facility Announced Wilco farm cooperative recently merged with Hazelnut Growers of Oregon (HGO) and has broken ground on a new processing and distribution facility in Donald.

“We started working on logistics last year,” said Kirby. “We visited another school that has been doing this for a while and got some ideas. We also met regularly with business and industry leaders to work on permits, tools, safety, and all of the pieces. The foundation was put down this fall and students have been working on it every since. They spend two periods a day there, so a little under 2 hours a day.” Stayton High Woods Instructor Rodney Weeks oversees the project. “The kids love being involved in it,” said Kirby. “When I visit and talk to Mr. Weeks, the work never stops. They love seeing the tangible fruit of efforts, and learning about the different parts and specialties of building a home.” The property for this project was donated by Bill & Jennifer Martinek of Emery and Sons. When the project is completed at the end of the year, the house will be sold and the proceeds used to purchase another lot next door in order to build another house. The idea is to give more students experience with construction and the trades, along with important capabilities for all types of jobs, such as teamwork and communication.

The new Wilco Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Donald Plant and Distribution Center, slated for completion in 2018, will be an expansion for both organizations. HGO will move its storage and processing operations from its current 55,000 square feet facility in Cornelius, Ore., to the new Donald facility, occupying just under 120,000 square feet. The expansion will bring production, storage and administration together under the same roof, improving productivity and bringing the cooperative to a more central location with its growers. Wilco will expand its current Mt. Angel distribution operation from 50,000 square feet to 119,000 square feet at the Donald. The new distribution center will operate 20 hours per day utilizing two shifts. Having the location closer to Interstate 5 will save the organization significant dollars in transportation costs. The new facility, located on Butteville Road at the North end of Donald, will also house a hazelnut retail store. The groundbreaking ceremony was held November 17.

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Salem Selects Economic Development Manager The City of Salem’s Urban Development Department announced the promotion of Annie Gorski to serve as the City’s Economic Development Manager. Ms. Gorski will be responsible for overseeing the City’s economic-development activities, including business outreach, retention/ expansion, recruitment, and management of the City’s West Salem, Mill Creek, North Gateway, ANNIE GORSKI Fairview, and McGilchrist urban renewal areas. The City’s Economic Development Manager is also responsible for regional economic-development relationships and the City’s partnership with Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR). Urban Development Director, Kristin Retherford, states, “I am very excited to have Annie in this position. She has worked for over a year in this role in an interim capacity and has been very successful in launching a new small business outreach program and facilitating local business expansions. She has been with the

City’s Urban Development Department leading urban renewal projects for over nine years and brings tremendous experience to this new role.” Ms. Gorski has a master’s degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Kansas. Prior to working for the City of Salem, she worked for Investar Redevelopment, the Americorps VISTA program, and the Peace Corps where she served as an environmental educator.

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network honors Independence Call Center The Oregonian newspaper reported that FCR of Independence was recognized recently by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network at its Tom Hulce Entrepreneurship Awards dinner in October. FCR was a finalist for the “Growth Stage Winner” award.

Local Businesses Honored with Portland Business Journal’s 2016 Oregon Manufacturing Awards Three Mid-Willamette Valley companies were honored this year by the Portland Business Journal at its Oregon Manufacturing Awards event in October. A.R.E. Manufacturing of Newberg was honored in the Product Innovation category, Oregon Fruit Products of Salem

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Top News in Brief Continued was honored in the 51 – 100 employee category, and Zena Forest Products of Rickreall was honored in the 1 – 10 employee category. Congratulations to these winners!

Mid-Willamette Valley Well Represented on OEDA Board The Oregon Economic Development Association announced a new slate of board members at its annual meeting this fall, and the Mid-Willamette Valley is well represented. On the board from the region are Jody Christensen (McMinnville Economic Development Partnership), Shawn Irvine (City of Independence), Jamie Jonhk (City of Woodburn), and Kristin Retherford (City of Salem).

OEDA Announces Awards of Excellence winners Efforts to create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions were recognized at the Oregon Economic Development Association’s 2016 Annual Conference held in Sunriver. Winners of the awards were selected based on innovative programs or practices in their respective categories. Congratulations to this year’s award winners:

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First American Title Insurance Company traces its roots to 1889, and was built more than 125 years ago on a foundation of integrity and service. First American Title facilitates and streamlines real estate transactions by providing comprehensive title insurance protection and professional settlement (escrow) services. First American helps homebuyers and sellers, real estate agents and brokers, mortgage lenders, commercial property professionals, homebuilders and developers, title agencies and legal professionals close transactions. Our philosophy of providing our customers the respect they deserve and the services they need endures. First American Title in the Willamette Valley consists of offices in Woodburn, Salem, Stayton, Dallas, Albany and Corvallis, as well as approximately 30 offices in Oregon. Protect your family’s largest investment! Visit or call 503-581-0555.

Crossroads Linens has been in the event business for 33 years. We own our entire inventory of rentals and can assist our customers in full service event planning and all rentals needed to support your event. We have planned events for multiple days and as large as 2,000 people. We are local and have a showroom and warehouse in Salem. Our customers want to be able to call us for last minute jobs, and to count on us for long term planning. Working on any type of event can be very stressful; we will take the stress away from you and your staff and help you put together an event that is memorable. Visit our web site at or call Shirley Kavanaugh at 503-930-4922.

Cascade Capital Funding is a private, non-profit SBA Certified Development Company (CDC) established in 1983 to offer financial and technical assistance to Oregon’s small businesses. The organization has been helping Oregon companies expand their businesses, purchase real estate, machinery and equipment and create jobs in their communities through a partnership with local banks and the SBA’s 504 Loan Program. The SBA 504 Loan Program offers small business owners the opportunity to obtain long-term, fixed rate financing reserving much needed business capital. Your bank will provide 50% of the project financing and Cascade Capital Funding will make a second mortgage for up to 40% of the remaining project total. Contact Cindy Kent, cindy@cascade. capital or 503-990-6868.

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Automation is gold in today’s business. Legend Web Solutions creates and configures custom mobile and web software for small- to medium-sized businesses so your business operations can be smooth as greased lightning. The world is moving toward automation, enabling employees to be more effective than ever, increasing worker efficiency to unprecedented heights. We’ve successfully implemented such automation for businesses across the nation, maximizing human labor, especially for data- and communication-oriented tasks. One of our clients boasted, “I can [perform this task] within 10 minutes when before I had to wait all day!” Consider us your advisor for using the Internet to solve your operations. Please call us and get a free consultation so we can see what’s possible for you. Contact Darren Marshall at or 503-576-9330.

Since 1985, HUB Northwest has been the leading provider of risk management solutions for commercial and personal clients. Our deep experience in surety bonding and insurance is unsurpassed, and we provide excellent service to clients engaged in construction, manufacturing, cargo, aviation, property management, professional services and many other industries. As part of HUB International, the 8th largest insurance broker in the world, we can provide any type of coverage a business might need. Work with HUB Northwest to identify customized insurance coverage solutions for your business. Our team is made up of specialists, not generalists. As a full service agency, you have dedicated professionals assisting you with property & casualty, employee benefits, workers compensation, risk management and many other lines of coverage. Our agency is one-stop shopping. Just like your business, our team approach is vital to our success. Contact Paul Quandt at or (971) 224-1914

Santiam Hospital is a not-for-profit, 40 bed acute-care hospital serving more than 30,000 people annually from Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Mill City, Jefferson, and surrounding areas. Our philosophy is to embrace extraordinary care offered close to home. Our hospital, medical providers, and staff offer the level of care and treatment often found at larger facilities, but with the personal touch that comes from individualized care. We specialize in a wide range of treatments. Teams of qualified medical professionals and staff offer top-of-the-line care within the hospital. State-of-the-art technology means same-day surgery at the Santiam Surgery Center. The Family Birth Center offers a range of options, including in-room water labor tubs. Diagnostic imaging, nuclear technology and digital mammography offer patients pinpoint accuracy and faster results. The ICU supports a range of critical care options. On-site specialties include family medicine, board certified anesthesiologists, orthopedics, pulmonary, obstetrics/ gynecology, and internal medicine. Visit

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Capitol Auto Group President Scott Casebeer has been honored for serving as a Chevrolet Auto Dealer for 25 years. Ron Meier, Chevrolet’s Western Regional Manager, recognized Casebeer at the regional dealer meeting. Casebeer started with Capitol Chevrolet/Cadillac in 1977 as it was the first of the three franchises that have evolved into Capitol Auto Group. The dealership moved to its present location at 2855 Maple Ave NE in 2012. “These 25 years have gone quickly, just think of all the changes we’ve seen. We are no longer just selling vehicles for transportation, we are providing a travelling experience where comfort and entertainment options inside the vehicle are as important as the

Scott Casebeer (left) and Ron Meier exterior,” Casebeer said. The auto group has been named among Best Dealers to Work For in USA and Canada by Automotive News.

Remodeling Magazine named Dale’s Remodeling in its “2016 Remodeling 550 List”. In the list comprised of companies ranging in expertise across the industry at a national level, Dale’s was listed at number 151 for its work in 2016. “Being recognized on this national list is a huge honor and is a testament to the hard work our employees put in, day in and day out,” Dale Van Lydegraf, president and CEO of Dale’s said. Winners were determined by a panel of judges. In addition, Dale’s was named among the top 500 remodelers across the U.S. in Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 2016 list. Qualified Remodeler considers a company’s consistency of success, with criteria based on total years in business, industry certification and awards, association membership, installed remodeling dollar value and community service.

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Kristi Halter joined Rich Duncan Construction in October as Office Manager. She comes to Rich Duncan with more than 10 years of commercial construction experience.  Kristi is a graduate of Oregon State University and has a background in insurance, banking and real estate. Kristi enjoys her spare time reading, cooking, camping, and hiking joined, by her husband Carl and two boys, Jonathan and Jacob. 

Travel Salem is pleased to announce Matt Bonniksen as the organization’s new sports and events sales manager. In this role, Matt will be responsible for bringing new sporting events to the Salem area as well as helping current events grow and expand.

Prior to joining Travel Salem, Matt worked as the marketing director for Cherry Country, a family-owned and operated cherry orchard and chocolate factory in Rickreall. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Portland State University, where he also played basketball. “We’re so pleased to have Matt join our team,” says Debbie McCune, Travel Salem’s Director of Sales.  “We look forward to his direct sales efforts bringing more sports-related events to our area, which will result in an even greater economic impact on our region,” adds McCune.  Event and convention business contributes significantly to the overall economic health of the Salem region, contributing more than $16.8 million in 2015-16 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). With its many state-of-the-art facilities, relatively mild weather and wide array of attractions, Salem has long been a magnet for a multitude of sporting events, including amateur softball, youth soccer, basketball and more.

Maralee Fletchall of South Salem has joined Dale’s Remodeling as a Remodeling Specialist Assistant, she meets with clients

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to explore their home renovation ideas, while also communicating with Dale’s lead carpenters and contractors as a project liaison. “Construction and remodeling is a passion of mine,” Fletchall said. “I assisted in the new construction of three of my own homes. I played a big part in helping my parents with remodeling jobs on their rental properties and new construction. I truly enjoy tearing things apart, being creative and re-creating a space.” Fletchall works with Remodeling Specialist Troy Young to provide customer service, ensure work quality and clear communication among team members.


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Philanthropy Continued Vessels purchased last April. Consumers across the United States supported the campaign. “Hot tubs, with their relaxing and restorative properties, tend to be a popular wish request for wish kids throughout the country, and we thank Marquis® and its customers for helping us grant hot tub wishes,” David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America said. Marquis® has been a partner of Make-A-Wish for more than 16 years. The company celebrated granting its 700th wish in October. So far the company sponsorship has generated more than $3 million in donations and discounts for Make-A-Wish.

Salem Health Hospital representatives recently presented a check for $75,000 to Salem Free Clinics at a special ceremony and extended its five-year partnership with SFC through donations that total more than $300,000. “Salem Health’s investment with Salem Free Clinics over the years has created an exponential return, bringing real results and significant benefit to people in the mid-Willamette Valley,” Leilani Slama, vice president of community engagement with Salem Health said. “Salem Health

Check presentation by Salem Health representatives -- Bob Wells (left), chair of Salem Health Board of Trustees, and Bahaa Wanly (center), VP of Salem Health Medical Group and interim CIO -- to John McConville (right), CEO of Salem Free Clinics. is our largest sponsor and greatest health care partner,” John McConville, chief executive officer with Salem Free Clinics said. “Their donation represents 14 percent of our budget and solidifies our on-going sustainability.” Salem Free Clinics operates two clinics in Salem and one in Dallas. It provides medical, mental health, and dental services to the uninsured in the area and handles 5,500 patient visits each year.

Boulder Creek LLC recently broke ground at the intersection of 12th Street SE and McGilchrist Street SE, kicking off construction of a new 42,000 sq. ft., two-story medical office building. The building, referred to as Boulder Creek South, will house an ambulatory surgery center with seven operating rooms, as well as clinical office space for several specialty medical practices. CD Redding Construction has been chosen as the Design- Assist General Contractor and has extensive medical experience including: Waverly Lake Surgery Center, Veterans Affairs-Salem CBOC, Willamette Urology, Parkside Medical Building, WVP Health Authority at Boulder Creek North, and numerous remodels for Salem Health and private practices. The Boulder Creek South project marks the fourth medical

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