In response to employee preference for remote work, the company plans to downsize its in-person offices.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JAIME VALDEZ - Pamplin's 2019 Amplify interns stand in front of the newsroom building, which the company plans to sell. From left, Maria Pena Cornejo, Samantha Kar and Sangarika Ramachandran.Responding to employee preferences for remote work, the R.B. Pamplin Corp. has decided to sell its 39,000-square-foot Milwaukie-area building that houses the Pamplin Media Center and other R.B. Pamplin Corp. offices.

In an announcement to its employees on Sept. 16, the company noted that the majority of the employees who previously worked at the Southeast Lake Road office have been working remotely since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

"In our discussions with managers and employees, we've learned that employees like the flexibility of remote work and enjoy the time saved by eliminating commutes. In the past two-plus years, we've also found that — depending on the job — employees can be just as productive working from home," the company announcement said.

The company further noted there is a nationwide trend of corporations downsizing their headquarters in response to a new era of remote work.

"We have decided to do the same by placing the Lake Road building up for sale. Once the sale is complete, likely within a few months, we will move to a location that is more suitable for the size of the current on-site staff," according to the company. PMG FILE PHOTO - Pamplin Media Group also operates a print shop in Gresham. Its print papers will continue to circulate, with employees working mobile or from a smaller office if they choose.

The Pamplin Media Group, which includes two dozen newspapers and affiliated websites, has been the primary occupant of the Lake Road location. But the building also houses R.B. Pamplin Corp. offices and offices for Ross Island Sand & Gravel, Pamplin Communications Corp. and Bugatti's Restaurants. The media group itself continues to employ 160 people, but the majority of those employees work remotely, or they report to satellite offices in Gresham, Lake Oswego, Forest Grove, Woodburn, Canby, Newberg, Madras, Scappoose and Prineville.

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