Esco’s Portland Plant (photo: SoulRider22)
Esco Corporation is a Portland-based heavy equipment manufacturer specializing in the making of wear and replacement products, ground-engaging tools whose lifetimes are limited.
Esco has made significant investments in Canada’s oil sands and has become the predominant supplier of “wear parts” for global companies such as Syncrude and Suncor Energy.
Esco also supplies Shell Canada with massive cylinders, or rotary breakers, that spin continuously to ensure sifting of the oil sand for processing into crude. These parts require an extensive global supply chain, including many suppliers in Oregon, creating a further positive ripple effect on local employment.
Toronto-based Onex Group is one of North America’s oldest and most successful investment firms. They are committed to acquiring and building high-quality businesses in partnership with talented management teams.
Recently, Onex invested more than $870 million in JELD-WEN, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of reliable windows and doors. As a result of this investment, the 2,500 Oregonians at JELD-WEN’s Klamath Falls headquarters continue to produce high-quality windows, doors and other building materials for the global housing industry.
JELD-WEN is consistently ranked as Oregon’s largest privately owned company, employing approximately 20,000 people at more than 100 locations around the world.
With operations in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, Interfor International Forest Products Limited is one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest producers of quality wood products.
At its Gilchrist sawmill, Interfor produces 120 million board feet of softwood lumber annually, providing jobs to 260 Oregonians. The British Columbia-based company contributes to Oregon’s critically important softwood lumber industry, which is still the leading employer in many rural areas of the state.
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Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2011 data in U.S. dollars (US$1.00=C$0.9891). Statistics Canada: tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (5/2012 release); goods & services trade (2/2012 release). World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER): Canada’s export ranking (2/2012 release). U.S. Census Bureau: trade (2/2012 release). Services trade data not available at a sub-national level. Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
* Job numbers from trade (2010 data) and Canadian-owned businesses (2009 data) are from a 2012 study commissioned by the Government of Canada