POSTED: MAY 21, 2014
PORTLAND, ORE. – (May 21, 2014) – Oregon Iron Works (OIW) and Vigor Industrial (Vigor) today announced the companies are merging to unite their strengths in advanced manufacturing, shipbuilding and ship repair. Under the terms of the merger, OIW will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Vigor Industrial.
The combination creates the critical mass of innovation, infrastructure and financial strength needed to pursue even more complex projects, enter new markets and win more work than either could separately.
“I’ve spent the last 40 years building Oregon Iron Works into a company with some of the country’s most advanced fabrication capabilities, and we’ve been looking for ways to evolve to the next level and compete in a broader market spectrum,” said Terry Aarnio, OIW Chairman of the Board. “Vigor builds and repairs ships. OIW builds boats and other projects with complex fabrication, machining, and integration requirements. Vigor has some of the west coast’s largest shipyard industrial facilities and great marine industrial workers.”
OIW’s unique fabrication abilities combined with Vigor’s shipbuilding, heavy lifting and marine launch capabilities will allow the company to complete large-scale, complex projects that neither company could do alone.
“This combination positions the company to meet upcoming demand from various industrial and marine sectors,” said Vigor CEO and Owner Frank Foti. “Not only will diversification allow us to better weather the ups and downs of the marine industry, incorporating good fabrication genetics from non-marine sectors is great way to achieve world-class shipbuilding standards in the U.S.”
“It’s ‘Industrial Evolution’ and it’s what our economy needs,” Foti said. “We’re doing everything we can to build and sustain family-wage industrial jobs.”
The combined company will employ about 2,300 people in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. OIW and Vigor agreed to terms on May 20th, and expect the merger to be finalized before the end of June.
About Oregon Iron Works
Oregon Iron Works, Inc. (OIW) is a specialty manufacturing firm with commercial, marine, nuclear, aerospace, hydroelectric, defense and transportation manufacturing divisions. Founded in 1944 in Portland, Oregon, the company has been under the same management since 1974. They have been building high performance aluminum, composite and steel hulled marine craft for the United States and other Governments and commercial operators since 1984, with over 300 boats delivered. The small business currently employs more than 480 employees and is headquartered in Clackamas, Oregon, with additional manufacturing facilities in Vancouver, Washington. For more information visit www.oregoniron.com.
About Vigor Industrial
Vigor Industrial is a leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and other industrial services in the Pacific Northwest. With 1,800 employees and seven subsidiaries and locations in Alaska, Oregon and Washington , Vigor builds vessels including fishing boats, tugs, barges and ferries. Vigor companies repair a wide range of commercial and government vessels, from ferries and fishing boats, to barges and platform supply vessels. They modernize fishing vessels, workboats and other commercial vessels. Vigor’s industrial service companies apply specialty finishes, install marine decking and offer precision machining. All Vigor companies share common goals: providing world-class maritime and industrial services to build the products customers need, to build the family-wage career opportunities craftspeople deserve, and to build the communities where Vigor employees live and work. For more information, visit www.vigorindustrial.com.
Brian Mannion, Communications, Vigor Industrial
Tom Hickman, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Oregon Iron Works