Central Oregon Companies to Watch


10 Barrel Brewing
Location/website: Pub: 1135 Northwest Galveston Avenue. New brewing location: 20750 High Desert Ln # 107. 541-678-5228, www.10barrel.com.
CEO: 4 partners: Jeremy Cox, Garrett Wales, Brad Wales and Chris Cox.
No. Employees: 100
Year Established: 2006
Product/Service: Independently handcrafted beer.
Hot News: Opening a pub in Boise, Idaho which will have a 10 Barrel system on site and expanding distribution in Washington, Oregon and California.  
Outlook for Growth: added a new 50 BBL brewhouse which will run along side the existing 10 BBL brewhouse. Will allow an increase in production but give the flexibility and creativity to run smaller batches on the 10 BBL system. 

Accelrys, formerly Intellichem and Symyx
Location/website: 755 SW Bonnett Way, Ste 2100, Bend, OR 97701, 541-312-8005, www.accelrys.com.
CEO: Founded by Paul & Josh van Eikeren
No. Employees: 24
Year Established: 1998
Product/Service: A drug-discovery software/hardware solution provider. IntelliChem pioneered Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs) for use in pharmaceutical research and development, creating the first ELN (Synthesis) to span drug discovery and development.
Hot News: Accelrys says it will speed up the pharma QA/QC process and reduce the compliance risk ten-fold through its $35m takeover of VelQuest.
Outlook for Growth: Offers the industry’s only scientific informatics system that captures and enables more agile end-to-end scientific workflows, analytics and IP management to achieve better insights and outcomes from R&D.

Aerospace Instrumentation Research
Location/website: Mountain High E&S Co., 2244 SE Airport Way Ste. 100, Redmond,  541-548-7500, www.mhoxygen.com.
CEO: Robert Jamieson
No. Employees: 15
Year Established: 1985
Product/Service: a research, design and manufacturer of patented state-of-the-art digital aviation oxygen equipment. The company is known particularly in the general aviation, glider and home built industry for the MH EDS electronic ‘Pulse-Demand’ adaptive oxygen delivery devices.
Hot News: Aerospace Instrumentation Research, Inc., (AIR, Inc., dba as Mountain High Equipment & Supply Company) has moved into a larger location in the Lancair Building at the Redmond Airport.  
Outlook for Growth: systems have an outstanding industry reputation for the research and design improvements to aviation oxygen use and the patented Pulse-Demand oxygen system used by both military and general aviation pilots as well as other oxygen users worldwide.

Agere Pharmaceuticals, Incorporated
Location/Website: 62925 NE 18th St., Bend, OR 97701, 541-318-7115, www.agerepharma.com.
Co-Founders: Dan Smithey, Ph.D. (Chief Scientific Officer) / Marshall Crew, Ph.D. (President)
No. Employees: 5
Year Established: 2007
Product/Service: Focused on the discovery & development of novel therapeutics for cancer, infectious diseases, and immunology. Developed an industry-leading discovery & formulation-optimization platform to advance several of its own proprietary compounds into clinical development.
Outlook for Growth: Thermo Fisher and Agere will make available their combined expertise and capabilities to benefit companies working on formulation using twin-screw melt extrusion for melt granulation and solid dispersions of poorly soluble compounds.

Alchemy Solutions
Location/website:  1567 SW Chandler, Bend. 541-323-2430. www.alchemysolutions.com.
CEO:  President Jim Harrer
No. Employees: 20
Year Established: 2009
Product/Service: Helps companies modernize their programming frameworks.
Hot News: released NetCOBOL for .NET 4.2 compiler in January. The latest version of the compiler can now deploy COBOL applications to the Windows Azure cloud. It is the first COBOL compiler that takes full advantage of Windows Azure without the use of virtual machines or emulation.
Outlook for Growth:  Moved into new building in June 2011 tripling space, Deschutes County gave company $26,000 forgivable loan to create more jobs.

Location/website: (Headquarters) 725 SW Umatilla Ave, Redmond, OR 97756, 541-316-2400. (Retail Store) 320 SW Century Parkway, Bend, OR 97702. 541-316-3900, www.altrec.com.
CEO: Mike Morford
No. Employees: 100+
Year Established: 1999
Product/Service: Online retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment.
Hot News: opened their first retail store, The Great Outdoors, October 2011.
Outlook for Growth: Retail stores amounts to the largest selection of outdoor gear and clothing in Central Oregon.

Location/website: 1015 SW Emkay Dr., Bend, OR 97702, 541-382-2208,  www.bellatrix.com.
CEO: Steve Morris
No. Employees: 19
Year Established: 1986
Product/Service: combine electronic, mechanical, and computer technologies to create unique, advanced control systems. These systems provide data acquisition, perform complex electromechanical functions, and transmit information using optical or high frequency radio channels.
Hot News: newest product, CATS (Card At Table Service), provides a revolutionary alternative to the process of how credit card transactions are handled in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and many other hospitality environments where card security may be an issue.
Outlook for Growth: There are more than 530,000 eating places in the U.S. hospitality industry alone where tableside service is used.

Bend Research
Location/website: 64550 Research Rd. Bend, OR 97701, 541-382-4100, www.bendres.com.
CEO: Rod Ray
No. Employees: 250
Year Established: 1975
Product/Service: a research and analytical laboratory, an engineering and pilot-plant facility, and a cGMP manufacturing facility.
Hot News: entered into a licensing agreement with Merck, through a subsidiary.
Outlook for Growth: Under the collaboration, the two companies hope to use their complementary fundamental scientific and engineering capabilities to solve complex formulation and process-development problems with an eye toward transferring these solutions to a cGMP environment.

Blue Reference
Location/website: 3052 NW Merchant Way Suite 100 Bend, OR, 97701, 541-316-2343,  www.bluereference.com.
President & CEO, Co-Founder: Paul van Eikeren,
Year Established: 2005
Product/Service: products revolutionize the way that scientists, engineers, technical professionals and business professionals access information, analyze data and collaborate on projects.
Outlook for Growth: commitment to customers with a passion for innovation and a culture of integrity.

Bird Gard
Location/website: P.O. Box 1690/270 E. Sun Ranch Drive, Sisters, OR, 541-549-0205, www.birdgard.com.
Owner/President: Todd Weitzman
No. Employees: 8
Year Established: 1989
Product/Service: Digital bird repellers
Hot News: A new and growing market is the dairy industry, where birds continually get into feed lots and eat the cattle grain supply. They tend to concentrate on the high protein parts of the feed, reducing the available nutrition to the cows which diminishes milk production.
Outlook for Growth: With their new Deer Shield product being introduced next year, Central Oregon will become a more important market for Bird Gard.

Location/website: 920 NW Bond St., Suite #201, Bend, OR 97701, 541-241-1945, www.CCITec.com.
President/Founder: Devon Cochenour
No. Employees: 16
Year Established: 2004
Product/Service: Microsoft Certified Partner providing innovation through integration for healthcare organizations. 
Hot News: intelligence specialists recently achieved a Silver Application Integration Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft customers’ evolving needs in the dynamic business environment.
Outlook for Growth: tremendous growth spurt in 2011 and is expecting the same for 2012. CCI Tec plans to expand and grow the business in 2012 through its Microsoft partnership and the delivery of new solutions.

Clear Catheter
Location/website: 20380 Halfway Road, Suite 4, Bend, OR 97701, 541-382-2533, www.clearcatheter.com.
CEO: Edward Boyle, MD
No. Employees: 3
Year Established: 2006
Product/Service: medical device company pioneering new technologies that will revolutionize medical tube drainage. Developing its anti-clogging platform of surgical drainage devices.
Hot News: PleuraFlow has been recognized with a 2011 GOOD DESIGN award in the Medical category. Selected from over 500 product designs from over 38 nations.
Outlook for Growth: By solving the clogging problem the company’s products will allow doctors to manage bleeding and clogging in large diameter chest tubes in a safer fashion.

Code Benders
Location/website: 86 SW Century Dr. #390, Bend OR 97702, 877-271-2786, www.codebenders.com.
Founders: Michael Taus / Matthew Kern
No. Employees: 11
Year Established: 2009
Product/Service: agile development shop and product incubator specializing in building excellent web applications, especially when working with passionate entrepreneurs.
Hot News: starting the Ruby on Ales software conference in Bend on March 1, 2012. The event combines three of Code Benders favorite things: the Ruby community, beer and snow.

Commercial Powder Coating  
Location/website: 20554 Builders St. Bend, OR 97701, 541-330-1141,  www.commpowder.com.
Company founder: Bill Nye
No. Employees: 25
Year Established: 1999
Product/Service: Started with powder coating as the core to the business, and has continuously grown to meet customer base, which is mostly comprised of commercial customers.  Consists of multiple lines in varying configurations to allow diversity with daily needs, offers powder coating, ceramic coating, sandblasting, stripping, pretreatment, assembly, packaging and shipping.
Hot News: Now running a night shift.

Dent Instruments
Location/website: 925 SW Emkay Dr., Bend, OR 97702, 541-388-4774,  www.dentinstruments.com.
CEO: Christopher Dent
No. Employees: 17
Year Established: 1988
Product/Service: designs and manufactures data loggers and energy recorders for today’s energy professionals. Often the first step in developing strong energy strategies, for maintaining peak operations, and for lowering operating costs.
Outlook for Growth: purchased a 15,794-square-foot building in 2011 located at 925 SW Emkay Dr. The building is nearly five times the size of its previous location, and the new space will allow for growth of professional-wage jobs in Central Oregon.

Deschutes Brewery
Location/website: 901 SW Simpson Ave., Bend, OR 97702, 541-385-8606,  www.deschutesbrewery.com.
CEO: Gary Fish
No. Employees: 180
Year Established: 1988
Product/Service: Craft Brewery
Hot News: Opened in late January, Deschutes Brewery’s downtown pub expanded into a 14,000 SF two-story building.
Outlook for Growth: in the midst of a 6,750 expansion to the brewery headquarters. Due to be completed at the end of February, the expansion will include an updated tasting room and gift shop, new two-story building to house future processing equipment, new electrical control room, restrooms & showers for the staff as well as constructing a new building to house five additional fermentation tanks. Will allow the brewing of an additional 105,000 barrels.

Element One
Location/website: 345 Cyber Drive, Ste 105, Bend, OR 97702, 541-306-3976,  www.e1na.com.
CEO:  Robert Schluter & Dr. Dave Edlund Ph.D., Co-Founders
No. Employees: 4
Year Established: 2010
Product/Service: designs, develops and sells reliable hydrogen generators (fuel reformers) and hydrogen purifier products for companies providing Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell systems (PEMFC).
Hot News: has commenced deliveries of it’s the H-Series fuel reformers, which replaces e1’s first generation Pegasus and represents a significant step forward in e1 reformer to further reduce the cost and complexities of its fuel reforming systems technology.

E2 Solar
Location/website: 63063 Layton Ave., Bend, OR 97701, 541-388-1151,  www.e2solarenergy.com.
President: Kelli Hewitt
No. Employees: 11
Year Established: 2005
Product/Service: specializes in the design and installation of custom solar electric and solar thermal systems. Works with its customers to achieve their individual goals with locally-produced energy and prides itself in helping them reach a higher level of energy independence.
Outlook for Growth: Solar, as an emerging industry in the US, has a very bright future. Despite the current economic climate, the overall U.S. solar electric capacity increased by 37 percent in 2009.

Epic Air
Location/website: 22590 Nelson Road, Bend, OR 97701, 541-318-8849,  www.epicaircraft.com.
CEO: Doug King
No. Employees: 23
Year Established: 2010
Product/Service: kits for building aircraft, including the LT—6-place turboprop; the Escape—4 to 5-place turboprop; and the Victory—single-engine jet, as well as aircraft construction classes.
Hot News:  starting in January of 2012, Epic will begin touring North America.  
Outlook for Growth: received FAA Certificates of Airworthiness. This validates a new, improved build process, removed the perception of risk associated with the former company and established a new horizon for this formidable aircraft design.

Etrix Group
Location/website: 20756 High Desert Ln # 6 Bend, OR 97701, 541-385-0354 www.etrixgroup.com.
CEO: Bob Bryson, owner
No. Employees: 5
Year Established: 2004 (as Bryson Communications)
Product/Service: electronic design services company. Working from early concept or out of date products, they develop advanced electronic hardware and firmware.
Outlook for Growth: currently serving customers in aerospace, renewable energy and instrumentation with experts available in digital hardware design, embedded microprocessors, programmable logic, analog and radio frequency communication.

EnviroTech Services
Location/website: 3875 Northwest Lamonta Road, Prineville, OR, 541-447-7472, www.envirotechservices.com.
CEO: Roger Knoph
Year Established: 1989
Product/Service: specializes in road treatment products that improve natural and man-made environments.
Hot News: recently built new location at the Prineville Freight Depot. With automated production capabilities, the facility will be used to convert dry and liquid materials to produce anti-icing and de-icing materials as well as dust control products used primarily on unpaved roads.
Outlook for Growth: has a number of plant and storage facilities throughout North America, but none duplicating the specialized magnesium chloride brine process at the Prineville plant, where there is also scope for potential future expansion.

GL Solutions
Location/website: 3020 NW Merchant Way, Bend, OR 97701, 541-312-3662 www.glsuite.com.
CEO: Bill Moseley
No. Employees: 50+
Year Established: 1999
Product/Service: operational software for government licensing agencies. Expert knowledge of the challenges and opportunities for automation within government regulatory agencies is unparalleled in the industry and after more than a decade, GL Solutions’ mission continues to live on through each employee.
Hot News: sales to clients are double from 2009 and GL Solutions expects continued growth at a steady clip.
Outlook for Growth: highly-flexible database system software has been successfully implemented to support license, permit, compliance, certification, inspection, credentialing, registration, continuing education and enforcement activities in various professional regulation, health and safety environments in over
18 states.

G5 Search Marketing
Location/website: 550 NW Franklin Avenue, Suite 200 Bend, OR 97701, 800-554-1965,  www.g5platform.com.
CEO: Dan Hobin
No. Employees: 125
Year Established: 2005
Product/Service: provider of vertical-specific Local Marketing Solutions for mid-market companies.
Hot News: 2011 Healthiest Employer (#9) for employers with 101-500 employers; 2011 HR Leadership Award/Portland Business Journal.
Outlook for Growth:  announced its second consecutive year of ranking among North America’s 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies. Posted revenue growth of 2111 percent from 2006 to 2010 to earn the No. 60 position on Deloitte’s annual listing.

Global Strategies International
Location/website: 19785 Village Office Court, Bend. 541-639-3055, www.globalstrategies.com.
CEO: Jeremy Sanchez
No. Employees: 35
Year Established: 2004
Product/Service: specializes in working with global enterprise clients in the area of consumer insights, digital strategy and the deployment of Search Engine Marketing programs internally.
Hot News: In 2012, clients IBM, Purina and Intel all increased their consulting retainers in response to great results achieved in the last year. In 2011 GS played a key role in developing insights and setting strategy for business pitches that were won by Ogilvy including: Huggies and Phillips Electronics.
Outlook for Growth: Since acquisition by WPP’s Ogilvy & Mather in 2007, has enjoyed steady growth and foresees a continuation of that trend. Expect to hire additional talent in 2012 based in Bend, New York and Chicago.

GSI Water Solutions
Location/website: 990 NW Brooks Street, Suite 2, Bend, OR 97701, 541-678-5117, www.gsiwatersolutions.com.
President: Dave Livesay
No. Employees: 54
Year Established: 2000
Product/Service: provides answers to the water supply, environmental and water rights problems facing municipalities, water districts, farmers and industry.
Hot News: five offices in the Pacific Northwest, having recently opened a new office in Boise.
Outlook for Growth: Grown steadily throughout this economic downturn and plan to continue that growth.

HM3 Energy
Location/website: 500 SE Butler Road, Gresham, OR 97080, 503-674-3380, www.hm3e.com.
CEO/Founder: Hiroshi Morihara
Year Established: 2008
Product/Service: HM3 Energy has developed a proprietary process to turn biomass into clean fuel to replace coal in coal-fired power plants; torrefied biomass briquettes can be burned in existing coal plants without any plant modification.
Hot News: HM3 landed a USDA grant that will help build a commercial biomass plant in Prineville. The plant is expected to produce about 45,000 tons of torrefied biomass per year. In the future, HM3 plans to build larger plants that produce 90,000 tons per year.

Hydro Flask
Location/website: 900 SE Wilson Ave, Ste H, Bend, Oregon 97702, 888-58-HYDRO, www.hydroflask.com.
CEO/Founder: Travis Rosbach
Year Established: 2009
Product/Service: only all-insulated bottle company in the world that produces double- wall vacuum insulated bottles that are BPA and toxin free.
Hot News: In 2011, launched the Hydro Flask Filtration System.  Equipped with portable filtration technology powered by Revolve Water Filtration, the System gives users the freedom to drink clean, healthy water from any running water source without filling landfills with disposable plastic bottles.

Location/website: 63065 NE 18th St., Bend, OR 97701, 541-383-3390, www.idatech.com.
CEO: Harol Koyama
No. Employees: 85
Year Established: 1996
Product/Service: designs, develops, and manufactures extended run backup power fuel cell systems that are an alternative to diesel generators in Telecom applications.
Hot News: announced the first availability of Bio-HydroPlus renewable fuel.  T-Mobile® in the state of California installed the ElectraGen ME Fuel Cell System on its network, and uses  Bio-fuel to power the system.  
Outlook for Growth: Commercializing fuel cell systems as an alternative and sustainable backup power for telecommunication companies.  Network operators worldwide are increasingly choosing fuel cells because they are reliable and contribute to lowering greenhouse emissions and carbon footprint.

Location/website: 595 SW Bluff Dr., Ste. B, Bend, OR 97702, 509-946-5700,  www.inentec.com.
CEO: Karl A. Schoene
No. Employees: 7
Year Established: 2006
Product/Service: finding new sources of clean fuels for transportation and electricity and disposing of the millions of tons of waste produced each day in a safe and environmentally-responsible manner. 
Hot News: Named 2010 Top Innovator by Seattle Business Magazine in September 2010. Won Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Technology Innovation Award in Energy.
Outlook for Growth: Leader in advanced systems for waste gasification. Its patented Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM) technology can transform virtually any waste — municipal, industrial, medical, and hazardous waste — into clean energy products for transportation fuels, electricity generation and industrial products.

Keith Manufacturing
Location/website: 401 Northwest Adler St. Madras, OR, 541-475-3802,   www.keithwalkingfloor.com.
President: Mark Foster
No. Employees: 200
Product/Service: Core product is WALKING FLOOR hydraulically-driven moving floor conveyor system, with mobile and stationary units used throughout the world in the refuse and recycling, agriculture, ice, cotton, wood products and paper industries.
Outlook for Growth: Holds over 250 patents, with sales and warehouse bases in Mexico, Canada, Europe and Australia, along with a global network of dealers.

Kialoa Paddles
Location/website: P.O. Box 5626, Bend, OR 97708, 541-382-5355, www.kialoa.com.
CEO: Meg Chun
No. Employees: 13
Year Established: 1991
Product/Service: innovative, hand-made Stand Up Surf Paddles, Outrigger Paddles and Dragon Boat Paddles.
Hot News:  continues to create new products such as the Pupu Adjustable SUP and Outrigger Hybrid Paddle.
Outlook for Growth: Products are sold through an international network of distributors, dealers and specialty paddle board and surf shops. Also produces blade covers, paddle bags and a limited range of clothing such as logo tees and hats.

Lancair International
Location/website: 250 SE Timber Ave., Redmond, OR 97756, 541-923-2233, www.lancair.com.
CEO: Robert Wolstenholme, majority owner and chair of LCTI/Lancair International; Lance A. Neibauer, founder
No. Employees: 60
Year Established: 1984
Product/Service: Manufacturer of high-performance owner-built aircraft and composite structures.  
Hot News: has delivered 40 Evolutions and this aircraft is rapidly becoming a general aviation trend setter.
Outlook for Growth: expanding its international sales efforts for the Evolution as well as diversifying into other industries in need of composite fabrication.

Leading Edge Aviation
Location/website: 63048 Powell Butte Hwy, Bend, OR 97701, 541-383-8825, www.leadingedgeavn.com.
President:  Brad Fraley
No. Employees: 33
Year Established: 1989
Product/Service: Helicopter flight school utilizes a fleet of Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. Offers a degree program through COCC. Approved certified Robinson Helicopter sales, service, maintenance and overhaul facility and authorized distributors for most major avionics manufacturers as well as contract work for the forest service and the film industry.
Hot News: selected through the solicitation and award process to provide helicopter flight training to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aircraft Certification and Inspector Pilots.  
Outlook for Growth:  Training pilots in every aspect of helicopter flight, from primary through advanced.  

LMH Industries
Location/website: 2095 SW Badger Ave., Redmond OR 97756. 541-548-2800, www.lmhindustries.com.
General Manager:  Mike Osborn
No. Employees: 15
Year Established: 2011
Product/Service: Cable assembly, crimp small wire gauge as well as terminate connectors to PC boards.
Hot News: plans to add 15 skilled workers to the Redmond area initially, with the intent to fill over 40 positions by the beginning of the second quarter 2012.  
Outlook for Growth: The cable assembly market is a sizable one at $100 billion dollars worldwide.  Will manufacture custom cable assemblies and wire harnesses geared toward both the military and medical industries.

Maretron of Redmond
Location/website: 2121 SW Deerhound Ave. Ste 101. Redmond, OR 97756 www.maretron.com, 866-550-9100.
Director of Sales for the Americas: Kip Wasilewski
No. Employees: 4
Year Established: 2003
Product/Service: Navigation, weather and monitoring products to aid travel on the high seas. Marine electronic and networking equipment for commercial and recreational boats including tugboats, fireboats, offshore supply ships and pleasure craft larger than 40 feet.
Hot News: Maretron’s Fluid Flow Monitor (FFM100) awarded Sail Magazine’s Pittman award.
Outlook for Growth: In October 2011 introduced a subscription-based internet service for remotely monitoring and controlling a vessel’s from anywhere in the world. Using the vessel Internet connection, whether it be wired, Wi-Fi, cellular, or satellite, Maretron’s onboard equipment automatically logs onto the Maretron Cloud Server. Users who wish to access the vessel simply log onto through Maretron Cloud Services, which provides complete access to the vessel.

Location/website: 328 NW Bond St., Ste. 201, Bend, OR, 97701, www.manzama.com 541-678-8829.
CEO: Chair / CEO Peter Ozolin
No. Employees: 3
Year Established:  2010
Product/Service: a provider of innovative listening/social monitoring platforms for businesses, especially those operating within the dizzying labyrinths of the law profession.  SAS-based software listens for, sniffs out and retrieves information pertinent to its client needs relating to case information, client reputation and profile standing within the internet realm. 
Hot News: Manzama released version 2.0 of its industry-leading platform, bringing vastly expanded capabilities including a completely revamped Platform Homepage, next- generation tokenized search functionality, better article interaction, improved profile set up for users, and an enhanced user interface. Announced partnerships with LexisNexis, FellSoft and Lex Mundi.
Outlook for Growth: Reported record sales results at the 2012 Marketing Partner Forum in Miami, Florida in January 2012. With the addition of several new top law firm clients in the fourth quarter, Manzama has closed 2011 with 35 customers in the NLJ 250.

Location/website: 2747 SW Sixth St., Redmond, OR 97756-7109, 541-923-3310, www.MediSISS.com.
CEO: Jason McKibbin
No. Employees: 55
Year Established: 1997
Product/Service: an FDA-registered medical device reprocessor. Recognized Single Use Device reprocessing leader in the ASC market place. The company is the preferred service provider to thousands of surgeons and healthcare facilities across the nation.
Hot News:  Reprocessing is highly regulated by the FDA, and only three companies nationwide do it — Medisiss being the third-largest and the only one in Oregon.
Outlook for Growth:  Amazingly, the vast majority of the multi-billion dollar domestic market for medical devices is NOT reprocessed, depriving healthcare facilities of significant capital that could be directed at enhanced patient care. MEDISISS is out to change all this…and are succeeding, with a growing base of satisfied healthcare customers serving as a testimony to its effectiveness.

Mid Columbia Lumber
Location/website: 380 NW Adler Street Madras, OR 97741, 541- 475-724, www.mid-columbialumber.com.
CEO: Tim Stovall President/General Manager.
Year Established: 1987
Product/Service: employs state of the art manufacturing technology to produce superior quality finger-jointed
dimensional lumber.
Hot News: All products are certified by the Western Wood Products Association and meet their stringent manufacturing and quality control standards for production of certified exterior joint dimensional lumber.
Outlook for Growth:  Positioned in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, they have access to unlimited lumber resources from its central location in Madras. By utilizing local resources, they minimize freight and delivery times. This keeps our lumber costs lower, making customer base more competitive in the
global marketplace.

Nashelle Jewelry
Location/website: 61511 American Ln # 5, Bend, OR 97702-3402, 541-382-2360, www.nashelle.com.
Founder: Heather Nashelle Straw/CEO Suzanne Lafky.
No. Employees: 30
Year Established: 2000
Product/Service:  Creating beautiful jewelry using recycled precious metals and natural gemstones.
Hot News: Sought after by celebrities like Rachael Ray, Mishca Barton and Sheryl Crow.
Outlook for Growth:  tripled its employment over the past year to a team of 30 people making products shipped to 400 boutiques worldwide.  Working actively with the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership to modernize and improve product flow and production efficiencies.  

Location/website: 389 SW Scalehouse Ct., www.thenavisway.com, Bend, OR 97702, 541-322-7042.
Founder/Board Member:  Milton T. Buehner/CEO Kyle Buehner
No. Employees: 105
Year Established: 1987
Product/Service: leisure sales optimization for the resort lodging market.
Hot News: numerous prestigious resorts have recently contracted with NAVIS to begin using the company’s reservation sales system including Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina, The Biggest Loser Resort, California and Utah, Resort Collection of Panama City Beach, Florida, Vail Resorts, Colorado
Outlook for Growth:  has quietly grown its workforce the past year to 105 and is planning to increase to a total of 135 employees by 2013.

Location/website: 550 NW Franklin Ave., Bend, OR 97701, 541-617-0011, www.nlink.net.
CEO/Founder: Sandra Green
No. Employees: 150 countrywide, 8 in Bend
Year Established: 1995
Product/Service: Software development: information, technology and engineering. In its 15th anniversary year, n-Link’s founder financed her remaining majority shares to make 100 percent employee ownership a reality.
Hot News: January 24, 2012 the U.S. Department of Commerce has selected n-Link Corporation (a leader in information technology consultative services, to provide network and telecommunications infrastructure support for the agency’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). With a total value of $43 million, the awarded contract is for a two-month base period followed by five option years.
Outlook for Growth: n-Link’s growth has earned the company a spot on the Inc. 500/5000 list twice. In June 2011, Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces named n-Link a finalist for the 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces.

Northland Furniture
Location/website: 681 SE Glenwood Dr., Bend, OR 97702, 541-38-3600, www.northlandfurniture.com.
CEO: Jim Hughes / Mike Angus
No. Employees: 50
Year Established: 1976
Product/Service: Furniture for the hospitality, senior living healthcare, time share industries.
Hot News: In 2011 Caldera, the dynamic arts education center at Suttle Lake, added another jewel to its creative crown with the recent acquisition of land and buildings once belonging to the old Camp Davidson summer church camp necessitated a remodel of the 10,000 square foot main hall into a new conference center with great room and private bedrooms with furniture from Northland.
Outlook for Growth: occupies a 42,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility with state-of-the-art machinery and finishing systems.

Northwest Sign Recycling
Location/website: 1415 NW Murphy Court, Prineville, 541-279-0386. Mailing address: PO Box 2424, Redmond, OR 97756. www.nwsignrecycling.com.
General Manager: Ryan Middaugh
No. Employees: 4
Year Established: 2004
Product/Service: transforms outdated, weathered aluminum signs into clean reusable blanks – without damaging the environment, and saving money.
Hot News: January 2012 awarded a two year pilot contract by the Oregon State Department of Transportation (“ODOT”) to execute the aluminum sign reuse program. NWSR and ODOT will work collaboratively toward a cost-effective and sustainable approach for the reuse of aluminum signs throughout Oregon, versus buying new. The company will transform outdated, weathered aluminum highway and street signs into clean reusable blanks, without damaging the environment, greatly reducing Oregon’s sign budget and creating more jobs in the region.
Outlook for Growth: As the demand for preserving the environment and working within tight budgets has become the norm, the company has grown 20-40 percent per year. As state and federal laws institute new safety standards over the next few years for higher reflectivity signs, including signs such as stop and pedestrian crossings, sign recycling is expected to become even more popular.

Old Creek Wall Bed Factory
Location/website: 2755 NW Crossing Drive Suite #205, Bend, OR 97701, 800-975-8451, www.wallbedfactory.com.
Owners: Sean Ghiassy and Kristin Johnson
No. Employees:  3
Year Established: 2009
Product/Service: Murphy bed solutions that can transform a little-used guest bedroom into a unique multi-purpose home office, sewing room, library or game room – and back into a guest bedroom in seconds.
Hot News: offers solid plywood, which is available on most of our furniture collections. The plywood has been harvested from FSC certified forests. Awarded LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGBC).
Outlook for Growth: hiring five more people this year.

Paladin Data Corporation
Location/website: 61579 Westridge Ave Bend, Oregon 97702, 541- 617-9955, www.paladinpos.com.
Founder/ CEO: Dan Nesmith
No. Employees: 21
Year Established: 1980
Product/Service: Point-of-Sale Solution Company that specializes in helping retail store owners accomplish more with less. Paladin’s primary market segments are retail hardware stores and independent pharmacies.
Hot News: Paladin Point-Of-Sale solution has been certified and approved to accept and process ACE Rewards, which provides the more than 4,500 ACE Hardware stores throughout the United States with an affordable, easy-to-use POS option that until now was not available.
Outlook for Growth: One of the most effect programs is the email statement option. This enables store owners to automatically email invoices or statements directly to their customers eliminating the need for paper copies.

Powers of Automation
Location/website: 61533 American Loop #1, Bend, OR 97701, 541-330-1687, www.powersofautomation.com.
CEO: Steve Powers
No. Employees: 12
Year Established: 1997
Product/Service: Manufactures UL, industrial control panels, automated systems disaster recovery, custom design, integration, installation, programming and instrumentation calibration services.
Outlook for Growth: targets pharmaceuticals with its measuring products.  Bend Research, a local company that tests and manufactures pharmaceuticals, for example, is a big customer.  Powers of Automation maintains a database of 1000 control instruments for Bend Research.

Location/website: 689 NW Stonepine Dr., Bend, OR 97701, 541-382-5745 www.proxense.info.
Founder/CEO: John Giobii
No. Employees: 35
Year Established: 2005
Product/Service: a wireless technology company providing advanced real-time location and access control systems for healthcare on a single platform.
Hot News: In March installed in New York, Texas, Nevada, California and the midwest. Automatically launches medical records for doctors and healthcare workers  — a fingerprint authenticaters the identity of the person over a small device attached to a computer’s USB port.
Outlook for Growth: Proxense’s platform–ProxNET™–is the only wireless system that runs hands-free, instant sign-on/sign-off and real-time location system (RTLS) applications simultaneously on a single, multi-purpose network.  It features lower installation, training, support and maintenance costs, a simple search interface for finding data and generating reports, and the capacity to integrate legacy and new third-party applications as needed.

PV Powered (AE Solar Energy)
Location/website: 20720 Brinson Blvd., Bend, OR 97701, 541-312-3832, www.pvpowered.com.
Exec. VP & GM: Gregg Patterson
No. Employees: 100
Year Established: 2003
Product/Service: AE Solar Energy is driving the adoption of solar by lowering the levelized cost of energy for our customers. By providing reliable, easy-to-install Solaron and PV Powered Inverters and SiteGuard whole-site O&M services, AE enables utility scale, commercial and residential solar developers to maximize the financial value of their power plants.
Hot News: November 8, 2011 announced its next generation string inverters with the PV Powered (PVP) HE String inverter line, an all-new line of high-performance string inverters ideally suited for North American residential and small-commercial rooftop installations. The new PVP HE String line is the industry’s first inverter to offer standard ZigBee wireless monitoring.
Outlook for Growth: Financial challenges are forcing solar photovoltaic (PV) companies to shift focus from seeking market share to instead prioritizing a return to profitability, finds NPD latest Solarbuzz Quarterly report issued January 2012. Global demand is projected to grow 6 percent in 2012, so market declines in Europe will be offset by 43 percent growth outside that region. Therefore, solar companies will face the challenge of re-building margins during a period of increasing diversity in end solar market mix.

Location/website: 545 SE Bridgeford Blvd # A, Bend, OR 97702-1598, 541-447-9925, www.pyrotect.com.
CEO: Steve Russell
No. Employees: 7
Year Established: 1972
Product/Service: complete line of safety equipment for racers, race crews and track safety personnel.
Hot News: Known for innovative advances in auto racing safety, it makes a range of products, including helmets, fire suits, gloves, shoes, protective wear, safety gear and restraints. Newer Pyrotect innovations include an aerodynamic helmet design geared towards open cockpit racing, which features vehicles such as smaller formula cars and go-karts, and a patented removable, washable liner incorporating grooves to optimize air circulation.
Outlook for Growth: continue to come up with new design innovations and sell products through an international dealer and distribution network, primarily into the road, rally and dirt racing markets.

Rocky Mountain Products
Location/website: PO Box 1007, Redmond, OR  97756, 541-548-4584, www.rockymountainproduct.com.
CEO: Todd Goodew
No. Employees: 20
Year Established: 1992
Product/Service: produces and sells its own and private label sauces, seasonings, marinades, and breadings to large grocery chain delicatessen and meat departments, warehouse stores, restaurants and various other outlets.
Hot News: over 115 national food industry Awards of Excellence and Certificates of Achievement as evidence of the quality and consistency of the products.
Outlook for Growth: New 50,000 square foot USDA manufacturing facility is now complete. Loan from Deschutes County $56,000 but must raise $550,000 from other lenders. Suppose to create 56 jobs by end of second quarter of 2011.

Ruff Wear
Location/website: 561 NW York Dr., Bend, OR 97701, 541-388-1821, www.ruffwear.com.
CEO/Founder: Patrick Kruse
No. Employees: 22
Year Established:  1992
Product/Service: makes performance dog gear to enhance outdoor adventures for dogs and humans.
Hot News: November 2011 distributor in the United Kingdom, Accapi, has launched the first Ruff Wear-branded website outside the United States: www.ruffwear.co.uk. New website provides consumers in the UK with direct online access to the full range of Ruff Wear products.  
Outlook for Growth: Named to Outside magazine’s third annual Best Places to Work list in April 2010.  Recognized as one of the “100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon.”

Silipint Inc.
Location/website: 150 SW Scalehouse Loop #102, Bend, OR 97702, 541-678-5044, www.silipint.com
CEO: Inventor Rick Fredland; Kira Kelley, Director of Operations
No. Employees: 11
Year Established: 2009
Product/Service: Silipint is the world’s first silicone pint glass. Silicone cup comes in the shape of a standard pint glass, dishwasher and microwave safe, free of the chemical bisphenol. Made from the same 100 percent food grade silicone that make baby bottle nipples, so have no fear of BPA toxins or off-gassing.
Hot News:  Take it anywhere and challenge it to extremes.  Microwave safe, dishwasher safe, freezer safe, oven safe.  Silipints have twice the insulation value as glass, so not only do hot drinks stay hotter and cold drinks stay colder, it’s also great for boiling water or refreezing smoothies and ice cream. 
Outlook for Growth: In November 2011 the company had sold every piece of inventory they had before it even hit U.S. soil.  Keeping up with the growth and demand is their biggest challenge.  They walk a fine line of risk management every day between not enough and too much inventory.

Spadout Inc.
Location/website: www.spadout.com and www.wemailstickers.com, 233 SW Wilson Ave. Ste 1, Bend, 800-764-9941.
CEO/Founder: Mark Silliman
No. Employees: 16
Year Established: 2004
Product/Service: Spadout stands for Sport Adventure Outdoors (“Sp”ort “Ad”venture “Out”doors). Spadout is pronounced spad-out (the ‘ad’ is pronounced like ‘add’). Spadout monitors prices, reviews, and popularity of outdoor gear. Also a mailing company for promotional stickers.
Hot News: Comparison tools and information pages allow twenty thousand daily readers to select the perfect product at the best price.
Outlook for Growth:  Spadout is capable of indexing any store on the internet with no action from the retailer. Spadout does not use datafeeds or any client side technologies. Spadout has developed in-house bots and uses a server farm to index millions of prices per day.

Location/website: 805 Southwest Industrial Way, Bend, OR 97702, 541-647-5670, www.streamItpro.com.
CEO: Jeff Coffey.
No. Employees: 4
Year Established:  2009
Product/Service: first tool that allows you to upload video content and set a price to access it.
Hot News:  Stream your documents, training videos, power point presentations, accredited content, live blogs, and interactive product manuals when and where your audience wants them.
Outlook for Growth:  In finding a better solution, they partnered with the best known providers in the industry; Akamai, Ooyala, and Company 52 so they could design a platform to serve both content producers and consumers of online video content.   In July 2011 they publicly launched the company.

Sunlight Solar
Location/website: 4 NW Franklin Ave., Bend, OR 97701 541-322-1010, www.sunlightsolar.com.
CEO: Kimmberly Wallace
No. Employees: 16
Year Established: 1988
Product/Service: design and installation of grid-tied solar electric, solar domestic hot water, radiant floor heating and pool heating systems.
Hot News: As one of the leading installers of solar electric–often called photovoltaic (or PV)–in the US, they are a Premier Dealer of SunPower solar panels and offer a host of other top quality solar panels and components.

Location/website: 20950 NE Talus Pl., Bend, OR 97701, 541-388-3688, www.suterra.com.
CFO: Larry Katz
No. Employees: 136
Year Established: 1984
Product/Service: insect control products for commercial, agricultural markets.
Hot News: one of the largest biorational pest control providers in the world. The company is dedicated to researching, developing and commercializing environmentally sound products using naturally occurring compounds and biochemicals such as pheromones.
Outlook for Growth: products are used to protect such crops as almonds, apples, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, walnuts, and vegetable crops with products registered for sale in 11 countries including the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Israel, South Africa, Argentina and Chile.

Surface Dynamix
Location/website: 250 N. Pine S. Sisters, OR. 97759, 888-778-1756, www.surfacedynamix.com
Chief Brand Officer: Mike Boyle
No. Employees: 3
Year Established: 2011
Product Service: a glass repair, restoration, and manufacturing company that specializes in surface restoration, and protection of transparent materials in the automotive, architectural, marine, and energy markets.

TechSoft 3D
Location/Web: 1567 SW Chandler Ave. Ste. 201, Bend, OR 97702, 541-385-6158, www.TechSoft3D.com.
VP, Sales and Co-Founder:  Yanick Fluhmann
No. Employees: 3
Year Established: 2006
Product/Service: Software development tools, training and consulting that enable 200+ customers to rapidly deliver world-class technical software.
Hot News: In November 2011 Geomagic, a provider of 3D software for creating and inspecting digital models of physical objects, announced that it is now integrating 3D CAD importers via Tech Soft 3D’s HOOPS Exchange.
Outlook for Growth: This added technology will optimize the performance of the industry’s leading 3D inspection software. Revenue gains have fueled aggressive research and development investment.

Location/website: 1011 SW Emkay Dr., Bend, OR 97702 800-770-4350, www.telesourcecenter.com.
Director of Client Services: Nick McCallion
No. Employees: 28 in Bend
Year Established: 2006
Product/Service: business to business telemarketing and in bound call centre services.
Hot News: In March 2011 announced increased employed and advanced software improvements. Enhanced its internal search engine optimization (SEO) efforts in order to successfully achieve top listing positions with major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.
Outlook for Growth: expanded with new employees in new office of 2,600 square feet in February 2011.

TRG Customer Solutions  
Location/Web: 501 SW Hill St., Bend, OR 97702, 541-647-6670, www.trgworld.com.
CEO: Steve Kezirian
No. Employees: 550
Product/Service: Global business process outsourcing (BPO) provider of customer relationship management (CRM) solutions and technologies. Supports more than 175 global clients from 14 operations centers in six countries. The company maintains over 5,000 workstations that support multi-channel inbound and outbound communications via phone, web, e-mail, direct mail, and fax.
Hot News: 2011 announces 20 percent salary increase. Entry-level employees can earn $26,000 annually by the end of their first year.
Potential for Growth: At a time when many companies are laying off employees, we continue to hire and grow. The work we do here requires very specialized technical skills and we have benefited from the highly skilled workforce in this community. This salary increase is a demonstration of our commitment to cementing our presence here in the wonderful city of Bend.

Validation Resources
Location/website: 63020 Lower Meadow Dr., Bend, OR 97701, 541-388-1253, www.validation-resources.com.
CEO: Raymond Colton
No. Employees: 22
Year Established: 2001
Product/Service: offers customized analytical testing to assist in the development and validation of pharmaceutical products and processes.
Outlook for Growth: has a distinctive focus on detecting and identifying trace chemicals whether they are extractables, leachables or impurities. This strength combined with our knowledge of polymeric and rubber materials and current FDA regulatory guidances, allows them to customize an analytical program for your pharmaceutical process validation needs.

Location/website: 63270 Lyman Pl., Bend, OR 97701, 541/330-6045, www.vocalbooth.com.
CEO: Calvin Mann
No. Employees: 18
Year Established: 1997
Product/Service: industry-leading innovator and manufacturer specializing in state-of-the-art portable sound rooms and isolation enclosures.
Hot News: reinvented web presence with revamped menus, digital downloads, updated product images and simple page layouts will allow you, the user, to easily navigate to find the information you need.  Landed major endorsements over the past few years: Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews Band, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga.
Outlook for Growth: custom built trailers are ideal for on-location recording, live broadcasting and podcasting, pro music production, newsrooms/virtual studio, promotions and advertising, training and seminars, discrete conferencing and scientific testing.

Warm Springs Composite Products
Location/website: 3270 US Highway 26 # 8, Warm Springs, OR 97761 541-553-1143, www.wscp.com.
CEO: Duane Darnell
No. Employees: 50
Year Established: 1994
Product/Service: Native American-owned manufacturer produces Tectonite-based fire-rated architectural door components, fire-rated wood door frames, composite ballistics materials, industrial composites, and specialized wood products, in addition to offering value-added services for commercial door manufacturers.
Hot News: Tectonite, the material that has been the foundation for Warm Springs Composite Products, is derived from the unique diatomaceous earth found in this part of Oregon. Holds a number of patents on products and processes which help make it a leading supplier of fire-rated building components in the U.S.
Outlook for Growth: Experiencing rapid growth in overseas markets, including a large number of high-profile projects in South Korea, Dubai and Bahrain. Particularly strong sales in the Middle East prompted WSCP to open a sales office in Dubai in 2008. The company’s success can be attributed in large part to a sophisticated product development strategy focused on adding value to its base products in order to create new ones.

WeMailStickers, LLC
Location/website: www.spadout.com and www.wemailstickers.com, 233 SW Wilson Ave. Ste 1, Bend, 800-764-9941.
CEO/Founder: Mark Silliman
No. Employees: 10
Year Established: 2004
Product/Service: Thousands of small businesses know that offering free stickers to their fans is an affordable and effective marketing strategy. However, processing sticker requests requires time and manpower that many businesses simply don’t have.
Outlook for Growth:  The solution is to process the sticker requests of hundreds of small businesses in one central location. This process allows each company to pay the same amount they’d pay if they were processing at home but removes the hassle entirely.

Whipper Snappers
Location/website: 121 NW Greenwood Ave., Ste. 103, Bend, OR 97701, 541-389-7627, www.whippersnappers.com.
CEO: Lisa Flynn
No. Employees: 9
Year Established: 2006
Product/Service: family-friendly, digital photo emporium provides an interesting modern twist to the age-old ordeal of getting the family photos taken.
Hot News: A big difference between Whippersnappers and traditional studios is that they edit every single image and transfer them onto a disc included in the session fee to share with friends on Facebook and other websites.  
Outlook for Growth: one of Central Oregon’s most promising startups, EDCO 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year and Bend Venture Conference, one of the five finalists and runners-up in the competition.

Windward Performance
Location/Web: 63008 Powell Butte Hwy. Bend, OR 97701. 541-382-1056, www.windward-performance.com.
CEO: Greg Cole
No. Employees: 24
Product/Service:  specializes in composite design and fabrication for the Aerospace industry.
Hot News: designs and builds high-performance flying machines including a glider designed to soar to a record-breaking 90,000 feet.
Outlook for Growth: plans to grow to 120 jobs

Zoomi Tags
Location/website: 475 SE Bridgeford, Bend,OR 97701, 541-318-7855, www.zoomitags.com.
CFO: Wendy Marlin
No. Employees:  3
Year Established: 2002
Product/Service: fuel identification TAG, which is made from a proprietary blend of polyester thermoplastic membrane that is solvent resistant and fits over the threaded opening of all personal fuel cans.
Hot News: recently opened a manufacturing plant at Bend Airport.
Outlook for Growth: at the National Hardware Show the company was approached by some of the largest retailers in the world and asked to present their vendor application information so that they can become a qualified supplier to their respective stores.


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