Earlier this week the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D) recognized the donation of property by Scappoose business leader Scott Parker and family to the Center by naming a street after his grandfather, Charles T. Parker. The naming ceremony recognized the significance of the donation to ensuring a successful development and launch of the OMIC R&D.
Scott Parker donated an easement valued at more than $420,000 in order for OMIC R&D to build an easy access road to the Center for industry, faculty, students and staff who will be working at the location, as well as visitors. Parker is the owner of Scappoose Sand and Gravel.
“This was not simply the donation of a road,” said Laura McKinney, vice president of the Oregon Institute of Technology’s (Oregon Tech) Portland-Metro campus in Wilsonville. “The Parker’s generosity was an important symbol of trust and belief that to bring more economic development to Scappoose means believing in the potential of OMIC. Scott’s belief that this idea could spur greater things for manufacturing and innovation in this community produced a multiplier effect that helped others to take a chance, to believe in this movement called advanced manufacturing.”
Besides Scott and Gail Parker, also in attendance was Senator Betsy Johnson, who has been a key advocate for the OMIC R&D since its inception.
“Scott’s family has created jobs and opportunity in Columbia County for many years, and this investment continues their history of economic contributions,” said Senator Betsy Johnson. “Scappoose is a community where we support each other, and the Parkers donation to OMIC is a symbol of what makes our city continue to grow and thrive. Charles T. Parker Way is more than a road. It represents the type of collaboration that builds pathways to economic development, access to college-level education and training, and signals that we are a business friendly community. My thanks goes out to the Parkers for continuing your family’s legacy of giving in the state of Oregon.”
OMIC’s mission is to develop advanced metals manufacturing technologies that are expected to increase commercial productivity and augment state and regional capabilities for industry growth and innovation. Seven manufacturing companies pledged their commitment to the launch of OMIC R&D last month: ATI; Blount International; The Boeing Company; Daimler Trucks North America; Hangsterfer’s Laboratories, Inc.; Silver Eagle Manufacturing; and Vigor.
OMIC R&D will provide economic, strategic, and technological solutions for its industry partners, bringing together the best talents and capabilities of manufacturing and three universities: Oregon Tech, Oregon State University, and Portland State University. The partnership – scheduled to launch its initial projects in 2017 – will provide “outside-in” applied research, technical advice, and support driven by manufacturing enterprises of all sizes to define the R&D focus.