President Obama appoints Oregon Iron Works' Chandra Brown to manufacturing post

By Aaron Corvin, Columbian port & economy reporter


Updated: March 6, 2013, 4:33 PM

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President Obama has appointed Chandra Brown, vice president of Oregon Iron Works, whose operations include a fabrication plant in Vancouver, as deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Brown, who also serves as CEO of United Streetcar, a subsidiary of Oregon Iron Works, will assume her new role on March 18, the company said in a news release today.

"This is an incredible honor and I cannot wait to get to work supporting President Obama's and the Department of Commerce's goal to encourage more U.S. manufacturing," Brown said in the company's news release.

Before accepting the appointment, Brown served as vice chair of the United States Manufacturing Council and actively served on both the Oregon Business Development Commission and Oregon Innovation Council. She was appointed to those positions by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.

In the news release issued by the company, Kitzhaber said Brown's new federal appointment "is a perfect match with her skills and passion. She's a great ambassador for Oregon."

Oregon Iron Works, headquartered in Clackamas, Ore., is a metal fabricator and systems integrator serving various industries, including marine, aerospace, hydroelectric, nuclear, bridge, commercial and defense manufacturing.

Its subsidiary, United Streetcar, builds modern streetcars.