Above: A worker at Intel's massive Hillsboro, OR microprocessor facility. Source: Intel Corp
With strongholds in multiple industries, the state of Oregon boasts a robust and diverse manufacturing sector, home to major names in aerospace, electronics, apparel and more.
This article will provide some key facts on Oregon's manufacturing sector and exploring the state's ten largest industrial companies.
According to MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, Oregon is currently home to 4,836 industrial companies employing 223,294 workers.
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According to MNI, Portland is Oregon’s largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 45,251 workers.
Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.
Other top cities in Oregon include
• Hillsboro (27,260 jobs)
• Beaverton (17,416 jobs)
• Eugene (11,896 jobs)
• Salem (8,454 jobs)
Multnomah County is Oregon’s largest in terms of industrial jobs, home to 63,011 workers. This is followed by Washington with 61,106 workers, Clackamas (21,544 jobs), Lane (20,265 jobs) and Marion (15,551 jobs).
The food processing industry is Oregon’s largest in terms of employment, accounting for 16% of the state’s industrial workforce. This is followed by electronic and other electrical equipment with 15% of the state’s industrial workers. Lumber and wood products make up another 9%, while fabricated metal products accounts for 8% of Oregon’s industrial workforce.
MNI reports there are 13,031 executive contacts among Oregon’s manufacturing companies, including 2,468 presidents, 2,033 owners and partners; 1,094 vice-presidents and 1,099 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.
Other facts to know about Oregon manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:
• 2% of Oregon manufacturers are women-owned
• 1% are minority-owned
• 8% are publicly owned companies
• 11% import raw materials
• 30% distribute their products internationally.
Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.
|Harry & David Holdings, Inc.||2,600||Medford||OR|
|Daimler Trucks North America, LLC||1,750||Portland||OR|
|PCC Structurals, Inc.||1,500||Portland||OR|
|The Boeing Co.||1,500||Portland||OR|
1. Intel Corp. (Hillsboro, OR)
Intel ranks as the state’s largest industrial employer, employing 19,300 Established in 1968, Intel is a global technology company and was an early innovator of chip technology. The company’s Hillsboro location makes microprocessors and brings in more than $1 billion in revenue.
2. Nike, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Occupying 400 acres in Beaverton, OR, this Nike, Inc location serves as the company’s world headquarters, home to production facilities, sports research and design labs and more. Employing 8,700, Nike’s Beaverton campus is Oregon’s second-largest employer.
3. Harry & David Holdings, Inc. (Medford, OR)
Established in 1934 by two brothers of the same name, Harry & David is among the nation’s largest providers of deliverable gourmet gifts, baked goods and meat products Employing 2,600 employees, Harry & David’s Medford location produces holiday and gourmet food and fruit baskets that are shipped around the world.
4. McMenamins, Inc. (Portland, OR)
Established in 1983, McMenamins, Inc. is family-owned chain of breweries, music venues and more located throughout Oregon and Washington. The Portland location serves as the company’s headquarters and produces beer, wine, coffee and spirits. Employs 2,000.
5. Tektronix, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Long heralded as a technology pioneer, Tektronix is a credited with being “the seed that grew the Silicon Forest.” Established in 1946, the company invented the first time-base triggered oscilloscope and contributed to major technological developments ranging from color television to space exploration. This Beaverton location serves as the company’s headquarters and develops testing and measuring devices, employing 2,000.
6. Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (Portland, OR)
This headquarters for Daimler Trucks North America employs 1,750 in Portland and produces semi-trucks and buses. The company recently opened a first-of-its kind electric truck charging station in partnership with Portland General Electric. This “Electric Island” purports to accelerate the development, testing and deployment of zero emissions commercial vehicles, like the ones manufactured by DTNA.
7. PCC Structurals, Inc. (Portland, OR)
Established in 1956, PCC Structurals produces investment castings for the aerospace, power generation, automotive, medical and commercial markets. The company employs 1,500 in Portland.
8. The Boeing Co. (Portland, OR)
Measured in terms of revenue, Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company, valued at $93 billion. The company’s Portland facility is one of 62 worldwide facilities and produces hard metal airplane parts.
9. Gunderson, LLC (Portland, OR)
Located in a deep-water site in Portland, Gunderson, LLC produces state-of-the-art marine barges, including heavy-lift deck barges, double-hull barges split-hull dump barges and more. The company has built more than 2,000 marine vessels over the course of its 102-year history. Employs 1,400.
10. Weyerhaeuser (Lebanon, OR)
Rounding out our top ten list is the Lebanon location for U.S. timber company Weyerhaeuser. Established in 1906, this location processes lumber and employs 1,340.
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2021 . It is updated annually to reflect new statistics on Oregon manufacturing.