Oregon Manufacturing Industry FAQ

What types of manufacturers are based in Oregon? How many people work in manufacturing?

When we think of manufacturing, we generally think of large companies like Intel. It might also be surprising to learn that many of Oregon’s 5,000 plus manufacturing companies are on the smaller size – 20 or fewer employees. These small businesses are powerful engines in our economy.

Roughly 190,000 people work at manufacturing companies across the state. Our top 5 industry sectors are computer and electronic component manufacturing, food manufacturing, wood product manufacturing, fabricated metal, and machinery manufacturing.

What kind of influence do manufacturing companies have on Oregon’s economy?

It’s surprising to most people that Oregon’s economy is the first or second highest in dependence on manufacturing. 25% of Oregon’s Gross State product is in manufacturing – that ranks up with Indiana.

Collectively Oregon manufacturing output was 49 billion in 2016. Across the whole US that figure is $2.18 trillion.

For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing in the United States, another $1.81 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.

In 2016 states with the fastest growing GDP were Washington, Oregon, and Utah. Oregon grew 3.0 percent and the largest contributor to growth in Oregon was durable-goods manufacturing.

What IS A Manufacturer?

According to the state of Oregon Employment Department:
The Manufacturing sector comprises establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. Establishments in the Manufacturing sector are often described as plants, factories, or mills and characteristically use power-driven machines and materials-handling equipment. However, establishments that transform materials or substances into new products by hand or in the worker’s home and those engaged in selling to the general public products made on the same premises from which they are sold, such as bakeries, candy stores, and custom tailors, may also be included in this sector. Manufacturing establishments may process materials or may contract with other establishments to process their materials for them. Both types of establishments are included in manufacturing.

Manufacturing Infographic




The manufacturing powerhouse you never thought of