Advanced manufacturing has long been at the heart of Oregon's economy, with more than 10% of all private-sector jobs statewide found in this key industry. As technology and markets have evolved over the decades, Oregon's highly competitive manufacturing industry has continued to innovate and prosper. Many of Oregon's manufacturing firms compete globally, in everything from precision instruments and medical products to steel fabrication and trucking. Oregon's manufacturing sector has an extensive supply chain that reaches into every Oregon community.
Oregon was just recognized at the best state in the nation for manufacturing by
the American Institute for Economic Research. With a focus on quality and adding value in advanced manufacturing products, Oregon has developed and maintained a skilled workforce ready for the modern manufacturing environment. Oregon universities and community colleges work directly with businesses and labor organizations to tailor training and education programs to meet industry demand, and work to gether to innovate products.
Average Wage (2011):$46,826
Export Value (2012):$4.2 billion
Sales (2007): $36.3 billion
Value-added food processing is a key component of Oregon's manufacturing industry. Oregon companies produce wine, craft beer, cheese and a wide array of processed products from Oregon's diverse agricultural bounty. These products win global awards, and win them often.
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