Annie Gorski
Economic Development Manager

Urban Development Department
350 Commercial St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

503-589-2054 (fax)
503-588-6370 (tty/tdd)

Advanced Manufacturing and Technology

“For 30 years we’ve drawn from the manufacturing talent in the Willamette Valley…30 companies and growing!”— Russ Monk, Director of Operations, HIT

front-exterior-garmin-building-at-twilight_web_1600x1067_colorThe advanced manufacturing and technology industry is transforming the way companies do business worldwide. With the use of these materials, manufacturers are able to create competitive and innovative products which can be marketed globally.

Salem plays a key role in this industry. Many companies continue to invest in this area due to the low real estate and development costs, reliable and affordable utilities, low cost/high quality labor, no sales tax, and no local business license fee.

Advanced manufacturing and technology jobs represent more than 13 percent of all private sector jobs in our region. There are more than 1 million workers within 45 miles of Salem, including 33,000 employed in the high tech industry. Salem is also located within an hour of 80,000 college students. Additionally, our high quality, abundant water, availability of shovel ready land (at the Mill Creek Corporate Center), and central location, make us a prime location for technology and advanced manufacturing.

Local companies in these sectors include:

  • Garmin AT
  • Cabinet Door Service
  • Rigado
  • Performance Health Technology
  • Open Dental Software
  • West Salem Machinery
  • Layton Manufacturing
  • GK Machine

“SEDCOR put together the package that helped Garmin AT communicate the benefits of expanding here in Salem vs. other potential locations. Their knowledge of the process, resources, and contacts allowed us to have a very smooth development process and get the project up and running quickly.” — Steve VanArsdale, General Manager, Garmin


Business Oregon
Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.

Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) is the lead economic development entity for Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. The 400-plus member nonprofit association leverages strong public and private partnerships to aggressively retain and attract high value jobs and capital investment to the region.

Salem Municipal Airport
Salem Municipal Airport, or McNary Field, is owned and operated by the City of Salem. The Airport is located approximately two miles from downtown Salem and is conveniently located at the juncture of I-5 and State Highway 22.