Southern Oregon Edge

Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Marzi Sink Factory

By SOREDI | September 26, 2014

GRANTS PASS, OR – What do dragonflies, pool balls, ferns, cave paintings and koi have in common? You can find them adorning the numerous, varied sinks in the Marzi Sink Factory’s Grants Pass, Oregon, showroom. And in high-end luxury homes throughout the world, including those of Clint Eastwood, Prince and Meryl Streep to name just […]

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Met One Instruments

By SOREDI | June 21, 2014

GRANTS PASS, OR – Met One Instruments (MOI) moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, in 1980 from the Silicon Valley, and it has been riding a rapid growth curve ever since. “It just stopped making monetary sense to be there,” said Peter Pomponi, Vice President of Sales. According to their CFO Riley Loftin, “The business environment […]

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Lithia Auto Stores

By SOREDI | June 21, 2014

MEDFORD, OR – With 100 dealerships in 12 states, Lithia Auto Stores could have located its national headquarters anywhere, but chose to build a LEED silver certified facility in Medford, Oregon. “We made a conscious decision to locate our new headquarters here,” says Tom Dobry, vice president of marketing. “Here we have the best of all worlds—an […]

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Quantum Innovations

By SOREDI | June 21, 2014

CENTRAL POINT, OR–  After moving from Ohio to the Rogue Valley to be closer to his wife’s family, Norm Kester started a company in his garage. That was 12 years ago. Now, the veteran-owned ophthalmic coatings company, has its headquarters in  Central Point, Oregon, and sells globally. Quantum Innovations was named one of the “100 Best […]

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: ORW Architecture

By SOREDI | June 21, 2014

MEDFORD, OR – The principals at Ogden Roemer Wilkerson Architecture came to Southern Oregon for the lifestyle and stayed for much more. Ken Ogden “fled” from Los Angeles 20 years ago after a close brush with a gang-related drive-by shooting. He didn’t mind leaving the four-hour-a-day commute either. He loves living in a place where he can […]

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Procare Software

By SOREDI | June 14, 2014

MEDFORD, OR – Procare Software creates the world’s leading management tools for child care businesses. Recently, they outgrew their office space and rather than move out of Southern Oregon, owner Jeff Blum chose to build their new corporate headquarters in the heart of historic downtown Medford because Southern Oregon has everything their business needs to thrive. The quality […]

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Project A Inc.

By SOREDI | June 14, 2014

ASHLAND, OR – What brings a software development company to Southern Oregon? After living in California and Arizona, Jim and Dena Teece chose to move their company, Project A, to Ashland, Oregon, for a combination of business and personal reasons: good transportation options, FedEx service, a small college-town atmosphere, a brew pub and it was friendly […]

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Zip Line Gear

By SOREDI | June 14, 2014

GRANTS PASS, OR – Nathan Sleadd was raised in Grants Pass, Oregon. On one hand, Nathan had a classic American entrepreneurial childhood operating a lemonade stand, picking berries and doing yard work for hire. On the other hand, it was Oregon. “It’s just a bit unique. People aren’t afraid to be different here.” Homeschooling taught him […]

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