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Wood Products

Oregon is the largest lumber producer in the U.S., yielding the highest quality lumber in the world.

From dimensional lumber to furniture, wood products from the Mid-Willamette Valley are world-renowned. Lumber and wood products companies from this region export products to meet market needs across the globe. The economy of the Mid-Willamette Valley has been shaped by its longstanding wood products sector--an industry that innovates and uses new technology to support wood processing and many secondary wood products manufacturers.

Industry Snapshot

  • Firms
  • Employees
  • Average Wage
  • 160
  • 3,888
  • $46,576
 

Top Wood Products Employers:

  • Blazer Industries, Inc
  • Cabinet Door Service
  • Modern Building
    Systems Inc.
  • Forest Technologies Inc.
  • Frank Lumber
  • Freres Lumber
  • Hampton Lumber
  • Turner Lumber Inc.
  • Universal Forest
    Products
  • Fleetwood Homes
  • United Pacific Forest
    Products
  • Action Pallet
  • Anderson Pallets Inc.
  • Weyerhaeuser Co.
  • Elkay Wood Products Co.
  • Willamina Lumber Co.
  • International Paper
  • Summit Window &
    Patio Door
  • Oregon Pallet

The Mid-Willamette Valley is located less than an hour south of metropolitan Portland and has a prime location between California and Washington. The area is served by Portland International Airport for passenger and cargo flights within 50 miles of Salem, and the Port of Portland operates a seaport facility, as well.  Cargo is also flown out of Salem’s municipal airport, located within the city limits.

The companies shown here have invested in the Mid-Willamette Valley for its low real estate and development costs, low cost/high-quality labor, and stable, affordable utilities. These factors, coupled with shovel-ready, customizable property, global accessibility, no local business license fees, sales tax or inventory tax, make the Mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon an exceptional place to be in the wood products business.

Workforce

The area is home to Willamette University, Western Oregon University, Corban University and Chemeketa Community College and rests within one hour of 80,000 college students between Portland and Eugene. Thirty eight of the largest state agencies are based in Salem. Private sector employers and public officials aggressively collaborate on creative, industry-driven and proactive approaches to supporting the workforce development needs of the region’s employers.

In addition, a solid support structure is in place with a local community college that has 3-D printers on campus that are used to train the next generation of industry professionals. Companies in the region have been highly successful participating in the multi-school Multiple Engineering Co-Op Program (or MECOP) engineering internship program, hiring interns as permanent employees.  

Wood Products Industry Groups

Industry
Businesses
Employees
Avg Wage
  • Forestry and logging
  • Wood product manufacturing
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Furniture and related manufacturing
  • 58
  • 48
  • 4
  • 50
  • 991
  • 1,802
  • 160
  • 935
  • 69,892
  • 41,468
  • 54,763
  • 30,307

Recent investment in the region

Turner Lumber
(Wood Products)
Company expansion
20 new jobs / $1.5M capital investment

 

Cabinet Door Service Co.
(Cabinet Manufacturing)
Purchase of new equipment for business expansion
20 new jobs / $1.2M capital investment



Strategic Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development agency for Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. The 400-plus member nonprofit association leverages strong public and private partnerships to aggressively retain and attract high value jobs and capital investment. SEDCOR remains Oregon’s largest economic development group.

In 2016, SEDCOR played a pivotal role in bringing $60.4 million in capital investment to the Mid-Willamette Valley, creating or retaining 397 jobs.

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