Eugene Airport Installation Bolsters Local Industries

Through September 2019, visitors arriving at the Eugene Airport in Eugene, Ore., will be greeted with a smile and the full impact that local businesses, like Timber Products, have on the surrounding Lane County community. Through September 2019, visitors arriving at the Eugene Airport in Eugene, Ore., will be greeted with a smile and the full impact that local businesses, like Timber Products, have on the surrounding Lane County community.

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A new installation at the Eugene Airport celebrates local business involved in wood products; food and beverage; and technology, and their impact on citizens throughout the county. Colorful column wraps, ceiling banners, and digital media spread the message throughout the TSA check point, A and B Gates, the A Concourse and baggage claim.

The initiative is thanks to the Lane Workforce Partnership, a nonprofit organization that supports and invests in programs to help improve the quality of the workforce in Lane County. The innovative organization connects workers to training for jobs and employment opportunities in a new and changing economy. It focuses resources on preparing youth for future employment and expanding job placement for underrepresented populations. And now it’s celebrating those accomplishments and the successes of its local industries through this unique installation.

The installation spotlights local employees on life-sized column wraps and other materials. Alongside the images are employment numbers, wage figures, and other data that describes how each sector supports the county.

“Virtually all of the companies highlighted in this installation were built from the ground-up right here in Lane County,” commented Kari Westlund, president and CEO of Travel Lane County who helped bring the Eugene Airport installation to life, in a news release on the installation. “They’ve grown from humble beginnings to national and international category leaders. We’re thrilled to help share their story with Lane County residents and with travelers from around the world.”

We’re thrilled as well. While Timber Products traces its origins to John Tomlin’s Box Co. founded in 1918 in Medford, it has grown in Springfield, Ore., since Wil and his father Joseph Henry Gonyea purchased the company in 1967. Since the beginning, the company has supported the local county with employment opportunities and on-the-job training.

As the Lane Workforce Partnership points out, jobs in our advanced wood products manufacturing facilities provide far higher annual average wages than the Lane County average. That’s because, like the Lane Workforce Partnership, we, too, are committed to helping local citizens grow. From competitive salaries to tuition support and in-house training, we want to see our employees, and our community, thrive.

It’s for this reason that Timber Products is pleased to be represented, along with fellow local leaders in the industry, for the contributions we offer to our community. Just as we’re proud to see these community efforts make an impact—through our extensive product offering—nationwide.

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