Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing includes innovative manufacturers who develop and utilize advanced materials in their products. The development and use of advanced materials means manufacturers will create more competitive, innovative products marketable globally. Oregon's advanced manufacturers are particularly competitive in the development and use of advanced metals. The metals industry has a long history in Oregon, and it continues to drive innovation of advanced materials in the state.

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Upstream Metals & Machinery

Oregon has long been an innovator in metals manufacturing. Upstream Metals includes manufacturers of pipes, castings, plates, coils, and metal smelting and refining that are then used to create end-user products.

Oregon is known for:

  • Advanced metals manufacturers
  • The use of titanium in aerospace and biomedical products
  • Machinery manufacturers, producing equipment used for heavy lift, material moving, pumping, metalworking, logging, and construction.

Oregon machinery manufacturers are very export-oriented, shipping their advanced equipment all over the world.

Aerospace & Defense

Oregon's Aerospace and Defense industry is an emerging, competitive segment of Advanced Manufacturing, growing employment by 12% between 2008 and 2018, while employment nationally declined in this industry group. Oregon's Aerospace and Defense industry may not be as large and established as some other states', but it is clearly an expanding manufacturing sector in Oregon based on its employment growth, competitive market share gain, and industry innovation over the past 10 years.

Oregon Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers:

  • Boeing
  • Erickson Air-Crane

Oregon search, detection, and navigation manufacturers:

  • Garmin
  • FLIR systems

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs):

  • UAV in McMinnville, the largest manufacturer of UAV propulsion systems in the U.S.
  • Insitu in Hood River and Bingen (WA)
  • FAA approved UAV test ranges in Pendleton, Tillamook, and Warm Springs, offering diverse testing conditions


The fastest growing segment of Advanced Manufacturing has been biomedical, with 17% employment growth between 2008 and 2018.

Biomedical is an emerging Advanced Manufacturing industry in Oregon because of its employment and export growth, as well as it growing competitive market share in the U.S. Two sectors form the core of Biomedical in Oregon—medical equipment manufacturing and scientific research and development. Together, these account for about three quarters of employment in the industry.

Industry Snapshot

2018 Annual Data

Advanced Manufacturing Upstream Metals & Machinery Aerospace & Defense Biomedical Total
Establishments399 58 1,089 1,546 
Employment17,405 4,432 13,220 35,056 
Location Quotient (Oregon/U.S.)0.83 0.53 0.58 0.67 
Rural Location Quotient (Rural Oregon/Oregon)0.46 0.05 0.30 0.45 
Average Wage$ 71,418 $ 95,221 $ 79,230 $ 77,373 
Exports$ 1,431,613,621 $ 777,539,325 $ 793,038,076 $ 3,002,191,022 

Location Quotient is a ratio that shows an area's distribution of employment by industry compared to a reference or base area's distribution. The base area used in the Target Industry Group analysis was the U.S., except for rural Oregon location quotients, which used Oregon as the base area. A location quotient of 1.0 means the comparison area has the same distribution of industry employment as the base area. A location quotient greater than 1.0 means the comparison area has a larger concentration of industry employment than the base area.

Source: Oregon Business Development Department with data from 1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, 2) U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, 3) Oregon Employment Department, Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, and 4) D&B Hoovers.