By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Futura buys AmeriTitle

Future Title & Escrow Corp., based in Boise, Idaho, has purchased AmeriTitle, based in Bend. AmeriTitle has an office at 106 N.E. Eighth St. that is involved in the deal.

The sale is part of a strategy by Jeld-Wen, the title company’s previous owner, to focus on its core businesses.

AmeriTitle will retain its employees, brand and the individual branch offices. Linda Stelle, who has been with the company for nearly 30 years, will continue to serve as president of the subsidiary.

With the sale, AmeriTitle becomes a sister company of Alliance Title & Escrow. Between them, the two Future Title subsidiaries will operate more than 70 offices in five states — Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. 



The fourth annual La Casa Verde will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the Granary District.

A miniature housebuilding activity, to get underway Friday, will be held in conjunction with the event. The schedule also includes a fun run and walk, a vendor fair, a brewing workshop, a frame construction demonstration, live music, free pizza and chicken tractor races.

Later in the evening, green achievement awards will be presented at a winemaker’s dinner featuring green builder Mark LaLiberte as keynoter.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit the website 



Serendipity Ice Cream gift certificates and Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be sold to raise funds for Mid-Valley Rehabilitation’s Relay For Life Team.

Doughnut orders need to be placed by April 23. They will be delivered to workplaces on Friday, April 26.

Cost is $10 for either a dozen doughnuts and or a $10 Serendipity gift certificate. There is no additional charge for delivery.

To place an order, contact Brittany Harris at or 503-472-2248.



Deanna Benson, training and human resource manager at Freelin-Wade, has joined the board of directors of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Benson is a native of Yamhill County. She has been active with the chamber in other roles, including founding chair of the Community Leadership Youth Program and member of the Leadership Mac Advisory Board.

She is married to Kevin Venson. They have five children and three grandchildren.



On Wednesday, Schnitzer Steel Industries reported operating revenue of $662 million for the company’s second quarter of fiscal year 2013. That’s up 12 percent from the first quarter, but down 25 percent from the second quarter last year.

Schnitzer’s holdings include McMinnville’s Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, which reported operating income of $1 million, which compares with $3 million in the first quarter this year and a $1 million loss in the second quarter last year.

The mill reported sale of 96,000 tons of finished steel, down 25 percent from the first quarter this year and 15 percent from the second quarter last year. It cited higher costs for raw material and a lower utilization rate, resulting from planned maintenance exacerbated by a seasonal slowdown. 



The McMinnville Auto Center, owned by Teresa Rapp and Robert Rapp Jr., has gone out of business. A sign on the reader board in front of the business, located at 500 S.W. Adams St., says, “Thanks Mac for 15 great years.”

Public records show that First Federal, lienholder on the property, assumed ownership in a foreclosure auction conducted March 20. The bank bid $599,000.  


Entry forms for McMinnville’s annual UFO Alien Costume Parade, held in conjunction with McMenamins’ two-day UFO Festival, are now available through the McMinnville Downtown Association.

The 14th annual festival is set for May 17-18. It will feature UFO speakers, a pet costume contest, a Landing Party, live music and a fun run. 

Parade judging will start at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The parade itself will get underway at 2.

Various prizes will be awarded. Entry forms can be picked up at the MDA office.

Call 503-472-3605 for more information. 



Orchards Bistro has closed the restaurant located at 313 N.E. Third St., McMinnville.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours for First Federal from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at 118 N.E. Third St., across the street from its home office. 

Participants will tour the bank’s newly remodeled quarters and meet new members of its team. They will be treated to appetizers and beverages.

Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. To RSVP, call 503-472-6196 or e-mail



Lori Wallace-Lloyd’s Classical Art Atelier, an art studio and classroom, has opened at 309 N.E. Third St., Suite 2, in downtown McMinnville. Close by, Spangler Vineyards of Roseburg has opened a satellite tasting room at 232 N.E. Third St. 



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce and Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a joint greeters from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Red Ridge Farms, 5510 N.E. Breyman Orchards Road in Dayton. 

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

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