By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Andrews-Cooper names new CEO

Andrews-Cooper, a McMinnville-based engineering firm with field offices in Corvallis, Portland and Boston, has announced the hiring of industry veteran John Cadigan as its new CEO.

The engineering firm, which had 17 employees three years ago, now has 50. And it is in the process of expanding into Vancouver and Seattle.

“As we have grown, we realized that it’s time for a dedicated CEO with proven technical, business management and leadership skills,” said co-founder Neal Andrews. “John is a perfect match for us. He knows our industry and brings important sales, marketing, finance, human resources and strategic leadership skills to our company.”

“This is a win/win for our clients,” added co-founder Steve Cooper. “Neal and I will be able to focus on doing what we love most — quality engineering — while John will continue to build on Andrews‑Cooper’s success.”

Cadigan has previously held vice president, general management and other leadership positions with Philips Healthcare, Foliage Software Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Data General and SofTech. He brings a 25-year track record of expanding product and service companies and developing diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices for worldwide markets.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science at the University of Lowell and completed pre-med requirements at the Harvard University Extension School. He began his career as a software engineer.

While at Philips Healthcare, he worked with Andrews-Cooper to develop a next generation in-hospital defibrillator/monitor and he has served as an adviser to the company for the past year. Company headquarters will remain in McMinnville, but Cadigan will be based in Boston.

The company most recently served as the lead outside engineer on development of the XBox One controller for Microsoft, a two-year project. It operates from offices at 2300 S.W. Second St.



The Jig Into Spring Celebration, a fundraiser for the Give a Little Foundation, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 15, at Ability Physical Therapy & Fitness, 2191 N.W. Second St. The suggested donation is $10 at the door, with all proceeds going to the foundation.

During the event, Pilates-based functional exercises will be led by physical therapist Nora Collins and yoga stretches by Joan Sterling. Licensed massage therapist Sharon Michaud will teach foot massage techniques and naturopath Amanda Lynn Hoffman will advise on natural remedies for allergies. In addition, Collins will lead participants in an Irish jig.

Registration is required. For more information, call 503-434-9594.



Farmers’ Plate & Pantry, which features farm-fresh fare in both prepared and packaged forms, has scheduled its formal opening for Friday.

Located at 119 W. Main St. in downtown Carlton, it is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Tim and Lori Elliott. They also plan to offer instructional materials and classes in food cultivation, preservation and preparation.

Tim, who comes from a farming background, received classical training as a chef at the Culinary Institute of America. Lori is a water quality specialist with the state Department of Environmental Quality. They also own and operate Mended Fence Farms, which will be a major supplier of sustainable farm products to their new venture.

The couple raised $10,000 for the endeavor through a successful Kickstarter campaign. They plan to serve breakfast, lunch and early dinner from Friday through Monday, with a 7 p.m. closing time.

The focus of the plate portion of their business will be on fresh, locally sourced comfort food and pizza. The emphasis of the pantry portion will be on gourmet salts, mustards and home-canned products, locally processed teas and coffees, and fresh produce from local farms.

In the back, they have established a learning center where they plan to operate a lending library and offer classes. 



Four artists who met at the McMinnville Public Market have opened a new business, Eagles Nest Artisan Studio 3, at 303 N.E. Third St. in downtown McMinnville. They are moving into space previously occupied by the Red Berry Boutique.

Partnering in the venture are woodworker Bill “Frosty” Frost, jewelry and crochet artist MaryAnn Taylor, alpaca fiber spinner Cindy Whitlock, and soap and apron maker Sue Zimmerman. In addition to their own items, they are featuring work by nine other artists — John Stromme, Eddie Johnson, Kris Bledsoe, Bill “Bo” Adams, Jim Jaillet, Shari Tedrick, Shelley Gunther, Andrea Rocha and Carol Harroun — and are open to including others.

Taylor said they’ve be looking for a new venue since the demise of the public market, which operated out of the Granary District. She said they tried the new Grange market, on the southern end of town, but decided to open their own space and incorporate a working studio.

They plan to operate Tuesday through Sunday. They will be featuring winetasting on Saturday afternoons.



The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Yamhill County was 6.7 percent for January, slightly up from December’s revised rate of 6.6 percent according to information from the Oregon Employment Department. Statewide, the rate was 7 percent.

There were an estimated 3,605 Yamhill County residents who were unemployed in a civilian labor force of 47,714 for the month and there were 44,109 residents employed commuting outside the county for work.

In Yamhill County, January nonfarm total employment was 30,330, an increase of 750 jobs since January 2013. Private nonfarm employment was up 780 jobs from one year ago while public sector employment dropped 30 in that period.

Manufacturing gained 430 jobs in the past 12 months and the county’s construction sector added 50 jobs during the year.



Dutch Bros. franchises collected 233,410 pounds of food for local food banks during a Dutch Luv Day event held Friday, Feb. 14. That represents an increase of almost 15 percent from last year.

All 215 locations participated, including the drive-throughs in McMinnville and Newberg. Customers were offered drink specials in exchange for canned food contributions.



Downtown McMinnville’s monthly Art & Wine Walk, coordinated by local merchants, is slated to run 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Participating stores will feature later than normal closing hours. Several will be offering winetasting, live music and/or special events.

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The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will be staging a Business After Hours from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the McMinnville Grand Ballroom, upstairs at 325 N.E. Third St. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.



Crescent Cafe, located at 526 N.E. Third St. in downtown McMinnville, will expand to seven-day operation on Monday, March 31. It will continue to be closed Mondays and Tuesdays until then.

The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, 3200 N.E. Highway 99W. Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Clover Clinic, 115 N. College St.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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