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October 12, 2018
In The News

National Manufacturing Day, recently held on Oct. 5, is designed to get teenagers excited about going into manufacturing, whether entry level at 18 or later after a college degree.

This year, 270 school kids from Columbia County and west to the coast, descended on the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D) in Scappoose. The building is a former 18-wheeler repair shop which opened in 2008, but fizzled out because of the Great Recession. It sits next to Scappoose Sand & Gravel, accessed along Northeast Crown Zellerbach Logging Road, although there wasn't a tree in sight.

Outside it was all heavy industry — trucks driving through wheel washers and bulldozers moving stones around beside a rain-lashed quarry.

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