Economic Overview

photo of hard hatThe Albany-Millersburg economy remains one of the most stable and diverse in Oregon. As shown by the data below, wood product manufacturing continues to dominate the economy in Linn County, however, metals manufacturing, agriculture,and secondary wood products support Albany-Millersburg's economy. Indicators of economic strength in the area include the location of several emerging industries, the expansion and globalization of many established manufacturers, strong service and retail sectors, and numerous new housing developments.

Manufacturing Employment
2009* Linn County Averages
Wood Product 22%
Primary Metals 25.8%
Paper 13.1%
Food 12.4%
Machinery 4.9%
Fabricated Metal Products 5%
Furniture & Related Products 2%
Plastics & Rubber Products 3.7%
Computer & Electronic Products 2.2%
Miscellaneous manufacturing 2.8%
Chemical 3%
All Other Manufacturers 2.9%

*Source OLMIS, most recent data

Manufacturing Employment in Linn County: 6,900
(February 2014)

Major Industries - December 2013
Company Name Product or Service # Employed
Samaritan Health Services Acute Care & Health Center 1600
Linn Benton Community College Vocational & Higher Education 1100
Greater Albany Public Schools Primary & Secondary Education 1080
Wah Chang Rare Metals 949
Target Distribution Center 631
Linn County County Government 627
Assurant Solutions Call Center 500
Georgia Pacific Towels, Tissue, Napkins 470
Oregon Freeze Dry Freeze Dried Products 398
City of Albany City Government 390
National Frozen Foods Frozen Vegetables/Fruits 350
ATI Albany Operations Metals 293
Selmet Metal Product & Fabrication 275
ATI Pacific Cast Titanium Products 260
Palm Harbor Homes Manufactured Homes 131
Golden West Manufactured Homes 106
Flakeboard - Duraflake Particle & Engineered Wood 101
Synthetec Amino Acids, Peptide Blocks 65
Georgia Pacific Resins Building Products Resins 39
Panolam Industries Melamine Laminate 31

Linn County Retail Sales Trends (in thousands of dollars)
Year Total Food Dining General Merchandise Furnishings Auto
1999 874,840 130,331 54,036 252,046 24,816 177,950
2000 1,077,882 138,167 82,113 232,627 25,863 214,277
2003 961,928 128,059 70,438 212,802 18,755 158,614
2005 1,197,200 135,710 85,382 291,188 21,099 209,123

Source: Sales & Marketing Management Magazine 2005