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OIT wins $3 million grant to open Scappoose site

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration has announced a $3 million grant to the Oregon Institute of Technology of Klamath Falls to build a manufacturing and training facility in Scappoose.

OIT’s proposal estimated the project would create 978 new jobs, retain 512 jobs and spur $692 million in private investment.

“This new facility in Scappoose will provide the innovative education the local labor force needs to compete and thrive in the global economy,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a news release.

The investment will help retrofit, furnish and equip an existing 34,000-square-foot building to create the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, a facility for manufacturing research and training. The proposal said the development will attract new businesses to the region, increase the competitiveness of existing metal manufacturers in the area and creating new jobs for area residents.

“This is great news for Oregon,” said U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon’s First Congressional District. “I am thrilled to see that the Economic Development Administration recognizes the potential of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center. OMIC will help students and workers learn the skills they need to work in today’s economy, where advanced manufacturing is increasingly technical, while also advancing research and development that helps industries compete and thrive.”

OIT, which goes by the name Oregon Tech, has its main residential campus in Klamath Falls, but also has a campus in Wilsonville, a site in Salem and offers degrees to employees of the Boeing Company in Washington state. Scappoose is in Columbia County, about 25 miles north of Portland.