By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Job Growers offers training reimbursement

Job Growers Inc., the workforce investment agency serving Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, is offering on-the-job training opportunities designed to meet employee and employer needs. It is also offering reimbursement for a portion of wages during an employee’s training period, assuming program requirements are met.

The trainee must register for Workforce Investment Act Services through an Oregon WorkSource Center, which can be accomplished online, and obtain an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate. He must have an offer of $10.75 to $21.75 per hour for at least 32 hours a week.

The authorized training period varies from six to 26 weeks, depending on the abilities of the trainee and scope of skills needing to be mastered. A training plan is drawn up and signed, giving it contract status.

The hiring of a person currently receiving unemployment benefits qualifies for reimbursement of up to 75 percent, to a maximum of $5,000. The hiring of a person not currently receiving benefits qualifies for up to 50 percent, to a maximum of $3,000.

For more information, call Suzie Gibson at 503-378-8095 or



Erickson Air-Crane Inc., which purchased Evergreen International Aviation’s Evergreen Helicopters subsidiary last year for upwards of $450 million, is changing its name to Erickson Inc., effective in April.

It has already changed the name of its helicopter subsidiary, still based by the McMinnville Airport, to Erickson Helicopters.

Erickson got its start as a supplier of heavy-lift aerial crane services, but over the years has offered a broad range of aviation services, involving both helicopters and fixed-wing planes. It said the change of name was designed to reflect that.



Shareholders for both Umpqua Holdings Corporation, which operates Umpqua Bank, and Sterling Financial Corporation, which operates Sterling Bank, have overwhelmingly approved a merger agreement announced last September.

The merged company will operate under the Umpqua name, so a branch Sterling operates at 165 N. Maple St. in Yamhill will be converting to Umpqua when the merger is complete.

The deal, still pending regulatory approval, is valued at $2 billion. It is expected to close in the spring.



Alexa Bishop, an associate with Johnstone & Goodfellow in McMinnville, was recently awarded the 2014 New Practitioner Award from the juvenile law section of the Oregon State Bar.

The award recognizes her advocacy for and dedication to representation of children and families. It was presented Feb. 21 at bar headquarters.

Bishop, who began her law career in 2009, thanked her colleagues and mentors. She said she feels passionate about her area of practice and plans to remain with it.



The city council has ratified appointments to the city’s new Visit McMinnville committee, charged with advising it on allocation of proceeds from a new transient lodging tax.

The city will be represented by City Manager Kent Taylor, who will be joined on the panel by Liz Rolland of A’Tuscan Estate, Erin Stephenson of Third Street Flats, Ty Rollins of Comfort Inn, Nathan Knottingham of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, Cindy Lorenzen of The Sage restaurant, Bruce Wyatt of Linfield College and Cassie Sollars of the McMinnville Downtown Association.



Penny Hinchman, Alan Baker and Chris Voigt, all brokers for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Northwest Real Estate in McMinnville, were recently awarded the Quality Service Certified Platinum Award, the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry. They were honored for 100 percent client satisfaction in 2013, as measured by Leading Research Corporation.

QSC is the only award in the industry based on measurable and independently validated performance. Clients receive a customer satisfaction survey at the end of each transaction, and the results are compiled by LRC.

Ratings can be checked at or



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at First Federal, 118 N.E. Third St. in downtown McMinnville. 

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Valley Realty Professionals, 113 E. Hancock St.


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

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