From Fifty by Fifty: Thurston County, where the Northwest Cooperative Development Center is located, has nearly 2,000 businesses owned by baby boomers age 60 and over. These businesses employ nearly 15,000 people in a county of just over 250,000 residents. These kinds of numbers spurred the NWCDC and The Washington Grange to apply for funds […]
From The World: By the year 2024, everyone from the Baby Boomer generation will be over 60-years-old. NWCDC hopes to talk with business owners who will be looking to retire soon and inform them how they can transition their business into a co-op. “Rather than have these business disappear and the jobs disappear with them, […]
Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Astoria, Oregon Number of employees: 30 Became employee owned: 2012 Assistance: Northwest Cooperative Development Center From the company www.bluescorcher.coop Learn more Eater – Want Better Working Conditions in Restaurants? Build a Co-op (2018) Successful self-governance for worker-cooperatives: Scorcher Bakery in Oregon (video) (2017) Coast Weekend – Celebrate 10 years of Blue Scorcher […]
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Industry: Bicycle Location: Portland, Oregon Number of employees: 5 Became employee owned: 1990 From the company http://www.citybikes.coop/ http://www.citybikes.coop/about-citybikes/the-co-op/ Learn more Bike Portland – Citybikes will close one location amid business downturn (2016) Anthem – Citybikes Uses Cooperative Structure to Keep Portland’s Cyclists Up and Running (2012) Bike Portland – Accusations, boycott from anti-fascist group puts […]
Industry: Recreation and Tourism Location: Detroit, Oregon Number of workers: 85 Became employee owned: 1989 From the company https://breitenbush.com/who-we-are/ Breitenbush – Bookkeeping position open (2017) Learn more Oregon Live – Inside the battle to save Breitenbush (2020) Foundation for Intentional Community – Breitenbush Hot Springs (2018) Oregon Business – A worker-owned cooperative turns a profit […]
This business demutualized in 2006. Industry: Manufacturing Location: Eugene Oregon Number of employees: 100 Became employee owned: 1978 Learn more Boldt – Burley Design Cooperative (2011) Shoening – The Rise and Fall of Burley Design Cooperative (2010) Marshall – Dissolution One of Oregon’s most successful worker-owned co-ops goes private (2007) Salon – Cheap labor vs. a […]
These businesses have demutualized or closed. Industry: Manufacturing Location: Washington and Oregon Number of employees: 80 to 450 Became employee owned: 1921 From the industry PPA – From Penply to K Ply (2001) PPA – Vancouver-Plywood Company (1972) PPA – Veneer Products Company (1970) PPA – The Buffelen Lumber & Manufacturing Company (1968) Books Pencavel […]