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Manufacturing makes up largest number of jobs here

Oregon Employment Department releases 2011 data


The Oregon Employment Department recently released 2011 data showing the breakdown of the number of jobs in Wilsonville by sector.

The data shows that manufacturing makes up more than a fourth of the industry employment in Wilsonville during 2011. The next largest industries were wholesale trade with 13 percent of the jobs, professional and technical services with 9 percent and health care and social assistance making up 8 percent. Manufacturing made up approximately 4,500 jobs in Wilsonville.

“We started our manufacturing group, called MAGNet (Manufacturing Action and Growth Network) a year ago. We knew manufacturing was an important resource for the overall Wilsonville economy,” said Steve Gilmore, CEO of the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce. “It has been a highly successful program and we have had more than half of the manufacturing companies in Wilsonville attend our free seminars. This partnership with Vigilant to provide programming has continued and will continue into 2014. The chamber is always looking for ways to be a resource to help the local economy.”

MAGNet is organized by a steering committee made up of local area manufacturers, including Kinetics Climax, SAM Medical, Columbia Helicopters and Coherent. Programming is then provided by Vigilant and the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fred Robinson, general manager of Kinetics, leads the group and it meets once every quarter. Meetings are open to all manufacturers and businesses don’t have to be chamber members to attend, however it is limited to manufacturing companies only.

Topics in the last year have included information on health care, human resources, safety and an executive leadership seminar from the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

For more information about MAGNet, visit wilsonvillechamber.com/?Committees/Manufacturing-Action—Growth-Network-(MAGNet).



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