FLIR announces $25 million Middle East contract

Wilsonville-based FLIR Systems Inc announced Nov. 20 that it has been awarded a contract by a Middle East customer valued at $25 million for the company’s StarSAFIRE 380 HLD gimbaled multi-spectrum imaging and laser designation system.

The advanced targeting system is used mainly in airborne platforms, including unmanned aerial vehicles operated by armed forces and law enforcement from countries around the world. It features a moving target indicator system. The StarSAFIRE series of gyro-stabilized multi-spectral sensor systems have a proven track record with this customer for more than 15 years, the company said.

The addition of the moving target indicator system to the StarSAFIRE 380 HLD allows for automatic detection and tracking of multiple moving targets. It also includes a state-of-the-art laser that is compatible with NATO standards.

“This contract award highlights FLIR’s ability to develop advanced high-definition imaging and laser solutions by leveraging our distinctive commercially developed, military qualified model,” FLIR President Andy Teich said in a press release. “This model enables us to meet evolving market needs for higher performance while providing advanced automation for reduced operator workload and increased mission effectiveness.”

Work under this contract is expected to be performed out of FLIR’s facility in Wilsonville and is expected to be completed by 2015.

Local family business recognized for excellence

The Oregon State University Austin Family Business Program recognized Wilsonville-based BedMart Mattress Superstores as a finalist in the Medium Family Business category with 25-99 employees during the Excellence in Family Business Awards held in Portland on Nov. 21.

Steven Stone, president, and his daughter, Elana Stone, vice president of marketing, were honored along with 11 other family-owned businesses at the event.

Founded by Steven Stone and his wife, Sherry, in 1992, BedMart Mattress Superstores is a locally owned and operated mattress retailer with 27 locations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Together now with their, Elana, the Stone family has more than 70 years of experience in the mattress and furniture retail industry.

Headquartered on Commerce Circle Drive, BedMart retail store is located in Argyle Square shopping center, 8729 SW Jack Burns Blvd. BedMart is part of a 3,000-store buying Nationwide.

The awards are presented annually by OSU’s Austin Family Business Program; since 1988, more than 190 companies have been honored for their accomplishments. The awards recognize the achievements of family businesses in entrepreneurship, community involvement and multigenerational planning.

“The application process and the recognition event have been successful for years because they provide an opportunity for families to measure their business relative to practices that support longevity,” said Sherri Noxel, Austin Family Business program director. “Going through the application process is a valuable educational opportunity.”

Candidates undergo a peer-reviewed process that provides feedback based on an in-depth application.

All finalists prepare a presentation for the required interview by a panel of previous winners, business professionals and an OSU faculty member. Non-finalists receive feedback reports that help them benchmark their progress against other family business applicants.

Oregon Tech’s Aboy named to Oregon BEST board

Oregon BEST recently elected Mateo Aboy to its 13-member board of directors. He is the associate provost and vice president for research at the Oregon Institute of Technology. He serves as the chief academic officer and chief operating officer for Oregon Tech’s Wilsonville campus.

The board is tasked with helping Oregon BEST accelerate commercialization of new clean technologies. Aboy is one of four new board members.

An independent nonprofit established by the Oregon Legislature, Oregon BEST builds on Oregon’s reputation as an international leader in cleantech innovation.

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