Portland Business Journal – by Robert Goldfield

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 5:56pm PDT – Last Modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 6:15pm PDT

Intel Corp. received the Manufacturing Company of the Year award from the Portland Business Journal Thursday.

The Business Journal honored Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel, the winner among Oregon’s large manufacturing companies (annual revenue exceeding $50 million), for its ongoing innovation in product design and production processes, its employment of 15,000 workers in Oregon, and the company’s commitment to spend $6 billion to $8 billion building a new plant in Hillsboro and upgrading two others.

Other finalists in the large-company category were Beaverton’s Micro Power Electronics Inc., a maker of lithium ion batteries, and Vancouver’s Columbia Machine Inc., which makes equipment for manufacturing concrete.

Among medium companies (annual revenue of $10 million to $50 million), the winner was Newberg’s Climax Portable Machine Tools Inc. which produces tools for building and repairing other companies’ large products. Finalists were Portland’s Rejuvenation Inc., which makes lighting fixtures and other home furnishings, and Mulino-based Sunstone Circuits Inc., a producer of printed circuit boards.

The winner in the small-company category (revenue less than $10 million) was Canby bag-maker Package Containers Inc. Finalists were Hillsboro’s ClearEdge Power, a maker of fuel cells for buildings, and Cornelius biofuel company Summit Natural Energy Corp.

The Business Journal also honored Portland-based Blount International Inc. with its Product Innovation of the Year Award, for the company’s PowerSharp, a tool for quickly sharpening chain saw blades.

Newberg-based machining company A.R.E. Manufacturing Inc. was honored for its training program.

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