Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. is climbing back on the bus later this month, teaming up with Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership to visit three manufacturers Wednesday, Oct. 30.
This is the 13th tour, dating back to early 2009, when SOREDI swung through TEC Equipment, Lithia AutoPlex, Erickson Air-Crane, Microvellum, ESAM, Asante Health System, Mercy Flights and Adroit Construction between February and May that year.
The bus will stop at Harry & David in south Medford, Murphy Plywood in Rogue River and Pacific Crest Transformers in White City.
After taking a break from the tours, SOREDI Executive Director Ron Fox said October was a good time to climb back on board because National Manufacturing Day was celebrated earlier this month
"We're working on putting more emphasis on the manufacturing and creative component of our economy," Fox said. "This allows us to raise the awareness of hidden gems and things created and manufactured in Southern Oregon. If they don't function in the retail and consumer sector, they often go undetected."
While Harry & David is known, at least through the Country Store or its catalog and online gifts, to local residents, Murphy Plywood and Pacific Crest Transformers are not as well known.
"We have some innovative and creative companies in the region making globally competitive products right here in Southern Oregon," Fox said. "Transformers from Pacific Crest power businesses around the world and Murphy has a product mix that competes in the building sector."
The tour begins at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott in south Medford at 8 a.m., and includes at the Table Rock Campus of Rogue Community College in White City.
Scott Shumway, President of Ashland-based Cropper Medical, maker of Bio-Skin, will speak during lunch.
Registration is $30 for SOREDI members and $45 for non-members. Registration for the tour and the lunch is available online at www.soredi.org/BuyProducts.asp.
— Greg Stiles