Annie Gorski
Economic Development Manager

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

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

Agriculture and Food Processing

“The loan from Urban Development was an essential cornerstone that completed our funding vital to our success." – Lee Radke, Owner, Gilgamesh Brewing

gilgamesh-breweryAgriculture and related industries are essential to the vitality of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Within our region, food processing represents more than half of our manufacturing base. Whether it is growing, storing, or packaging food, building equipment to harvest or process crops, or managing the harvest, the Mid-Willamette Valley specializes in agriculture and food processing.

Local companies continue to lead the way in the agriculture and food processing sector:

  • Don Pancho
  • Gilgamesh Brewing
  • Henningsen Cold Storage, Co.
  • Kerr Concentrates
  • Kettle Foods
  • Willamette Valley Pie

Industry leaders have chosen to locate in Salem for many reasons:

  • Easy access to Interstate 5
  • Rail lines
  • Abundance of clean water
  • Low utility rates
  • Transportation access

“As one of the largest public refrigerated warehousing companies in the U.S., we have worked with a number of different economic development teams. SEDCOR and the City of Salem partnered with us to make the development of our Salem complex seamless. Their team did a great job of clearing the way for us to build our primary distribution point for NORPAC’s frozen finished foods.” – Paul Henningsen, COO, Henningsen Cold Storage Co.


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.