By Gordon Oliver December 3, 2013 4:21 p.m.
Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp. will manufacture medical devices for Amedica Corp., a Salt Lake City-based biomaterials company, at Kyocera's Vancouver manufacturing facility, the two companies have announced.
By Gordon Oliver December 1, 2013 6 a.m.
Boeing surely must have figured it was offering its International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Machinist Union employees and Washington lawmakers a deal they would not -- they dared not -- refuse. But with as many as 20,000 future jobs on the line, all bets are now off.
By Gordon Oliver November 17, 2013 6 a.m.
It's common sport in our world to find someone to blame for whatever goes wrong. We have blogs, comment threats on news articles, and mind-numbing talk shows all focused on finding fault.
By Gordon Oliver November 14, 2013 5:59 a.m.
Members of Clark County's small but energetic cadre of entrepreneurial startups will be feasting next week on two big networking and educational events timed to coincide with the week's designation as Global Entrepreneur Week.
By Gordon Oliver November 10, 2013 6 a.m.
A fragile economy and the banking industry's regulatory turmoil are playing out painfully at Riverview Community Bank, Clark County's last bastion of true community banking in an era when that phrase has lost much of its meaning.
By Gordon Oliver November 3, 2013 6 a.m.
In a time long ago, I spent 10 weeks on a cross-country train and bus journey with my wife and our young daughter. Amtrak was in its infancy as a national railroad passenger service created to replace failing private railroads, and the relative comfort of its shiny new cars was offset by the cold, rundown train stations and sometimes unpredictable service.
By Gordon Oliver October 29, 2013 4:56 p.m.
Southwest Washington's raspberry harvest dropped by 16 percent this year, most likely due to frustrated growers turning to crops offering better financial returns.
By Gordon Oliver October 25, 2013 5:49 p.m.
Most years, the pears harvested from Washington and Oregon fields begin arriving at Vancouver's Northwest Packing Co. around mid-August and keep coming into November. But this year's harvest started early, and today the last pears will flow through a dizzying web of machinery to be peeled, sliced, diced, and canned for a steadily shrinking consumer market.
By Gordon Oliver October 13, 2013 6 a.m.
Columbian's Economic Forecast Breakfast, an annual January event, has rolled with our county's rising and sinking tides over many years.
By Gordon Oliver October 8, 2013 7:16 p.m.
When the Port of Kalama decided to build new administrative offices, it saw an opportunity to tell the story of how the small Cowlitz County town, tucked in a tight spot between the Columbia River and rugged hills, came to be.
By Gordon Oliver October 2, 2013 6 a.m.
Wells Fargo has jumped ahead of its competitors to become Clark County's largest bank, as measured by deposits, while regional Sterling Bank and Vancouver-based Riverview Community Bank both slipped in market share and deposits over the 12 month period that ended June 30.
By Gordon Oliver September 18, 2013 6:06 p.m.
More than 100 members of a union representing support staff at Longview's PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center rallied Wednesday outside the hospital to push for strong health care benefits in a new contract now being negotiated between Vancouver-based PeaceHealth and Service Employees International Union Local 49.
By Gordon Oliver September 15, 2013 6 a.m.
Five years out from the Great Recession's curtain-raiser on Wall Street, when the titans of banking and finance unashamedly left Americans to bail themselves out from their greedy deeds, the foreclosure counselors at Vancouver's Community Housing Resource Center are catching their breath.
By Gordon Oliver September 13, 2013 6:12 p.m.
The dust has barely settled in Clark County from Spokane-based Sterling Bank's drawn-out acquisition of the former First Independent Bank, a longtime pillar of Clark County's business community, and now it's flying again with Umpqua's planned acquisition of Sterling.
By Gordon Oliver September 12, 2013 6 a.m.
Camas technology company DetaCloud has become a member of the Linux Professional Institute's newly established corporate member program. Membership in the nonprofit institute's program gives the company visibility in the rapidly growing global open-source industry, as well as access to hundreds of thousands of technology professionals for its innovative one-day training session on cloud computing
By Gordon Oliver September 4, 2013 4:36 p.m.
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's top official offered reassurances Wednesday that the Fed would continue its aggressive stimulus tools for as long as they're needed to guide the nation's economy through its uneven recovery.
By Gordon Oliver September 4, 2013 12:51 p.m.
John C. Williams, president and chief executive officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, says the Fed could begin to reduce its purchase of securities later this year.
By Gordon Oliver September 2, 2013 6 a.m.
Labor Day is the nation's official celebration of workers. In Clark County in 2013, it marks a time for many families to reflect on modest financial recoveries from recent hard times, and for others to continue adjusting to smaller paychecks and a scarcity of jobs.
By Gordon Oliver September 1, 2013 6 a.m.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's decision to retire within 12 months has triggered a round of critiques about Microsoft's successes and -- mostly -- about its failures since Ballmer took the helm from company co-founder Bill Gates in 2000.
By Gordon Oliver August 22, 2013 5:52 p.m.
A hotel meeting room in downtown Vancouver isn't the place you'd expect to host the release of a product billed as a game-changer for the insurance, legal, banking, advertising, and accounting industries. But Wednesday afternoon at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, Vancouver-based Circle Technology rolled out software and hardware products that the company believes will change the way those industries interact with their customers.
By Gordon Oliver August 18, 2013 6 a.m.
This week, Hollywood releases its rendition of the life of Steve Jobs, who is played by Ashton Kutcher in "Jobs." Expect to hear plenty of discussion, again, about the Apple co-founder's brilliance as one of our era's greatest entrepreneurs.
By Gordon Oliver August 16, 2013 9:30 p.m.
Sen. Maria Cantwell said Friday that a failure by Congress to pass a long-overdue farm bill would amount to a huge lost opportunity for Washington's agricultural industry and Clark County's exporters to tap Asia's rising demand for Northwest food products.
By Gordon Oliver August 14, 2013 6 a.m.
It's not easy for vendors to find — or get to — the right person in a large or even a medium-sized company. There are simply too many automated answering systems, voicemails, and staff assistants blocking access to a key decision-maker.
By Gordon Oliver August 13, 2013 6 a.m.
A 16-passenger electric van built in Vancouver is headed to the Philippines Tuesday, the first of what backers hope will be thousands of locally produced public transportation vehicles headed to the crowded streets of Manila.
By Gordon Oliver August 5, 2013 7:23 p.m.
Lisa Nisenfeld is leaving her job as president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council to become director of Oregon's Employment Department, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Monday. Nisenfeld, who become the CREDC's fourth president in September 2011, will leave the public-private jobs promotion organization at the end of September.
By Gordon Oliver August 2, 2013 6 a.m.
Comcast said today that it is launching its new cloud-based television services, called the X1 Platform, in the Portland-Vancouver area as part of an ongoing national rollout that will continue through the end of the year.
It's not often that buildings are named after labor leaders. But Vancouver's tallest building, and one of its most prominent, is named after 1960s labor leader Bill Smith.
By Gordon Oliver July 14, 2013 6 a.m.
As we move away from our community shout-fest over the Columbia River Crossing, we clearly have a thing or two to learn about the art of listening.
By Gordon Oliver July 5, 2013 6 a.m.
The volunteer business executives who contribute their time and expertise to helping Clark County's small-business owners and entrepreneurs through the SCORE program are keeping plenty busy this summer with classes and counseling.
By Gordon Oliver July 3, 2013 8:13 p.m.
Today is one of the year's biggest for the city of Vancouver, when thousands of people pack the grounds at Fort Vancouver for Independence Day festivities. Many in that throng are ready and willing to spend money on food and concessions, and perhaps think kindly of the corporate sponsors who make the big show possible.
Apple has signed a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to make some of its chips starting in 2014, marking a partial crack in Apple's relationship with Samsung Electronics Co., an Apple supplier that is increasingly its rival in technology products, the Wall Street Journal reported this weekend.
By Gordon Oliver June 28, 2013 9:29 p.m.
Brad Clark, former president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4, was arrested Friday on suspicion of trespassing outside the United Grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The ILWU has picketed the terminal since the union was locked out on Feb. 27 as part of a larger dispute between the union and grain terminal operators in Washington and Oregon.
By Gordon Oliver June 23, 2013 6 a.m.
The worlds we create for ourselves seem to turn slowly most days, and then one day the future arrives with full force.
By Gordon Oliver June 17, 2013 4:52 p.m.
Vancouver clinical psychologist and author Al Bernstein uses humor to deal with pain, knowing there's too much pain and too little humor in many workplaces.
By Gordon Oliver May 28, 2013 6:11 p.m.
It wouldn't be a good idea to procrastinate this year on buying local strawberries for jam or preserves.