Located on the outskirts of town, Portland’s industrial manufacturing is often overlooked by its urban dwellers. Yet our industries provide the raw materials that make up our everyday urban experience and enable Portland’s “creative class” to exist. What things are made in Portland and how are they produced?
Board the bus and get ready to learn about numbers! While en route, Dr. Randall Bluffstone, Chair of the Department of Economics at Portland State University, will provide economic insights on the history of Portland’s development and discuss how the current recession is affecting Portland’s manufacturers. We’ll visit with several factories and associated industries, including the Port of Portland, home of the “Terminal 6″ container yard (the third largest port on the West Coast), a behind the scenes visit to Intel’s Hillsboro location (the state’s largest private employer), Pendleton Woolen Mills and even a quick stop at Oregon Soap Company.