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Toolmaker expected to build Scappoose plant

An international tool manufacturing and aerospace company is in property negotiations to build a new plant in Scappoose.

OSG Corp., a tool making company with international headquarters in Japan and U.S. headquarters in Texas, has plans to develop a roughly six-acre site immediately adjacent to the Oregon Manufacturing and Innovation Center in Scappoose.

The tool manufacturing company has been in talks with Scott Parker, owner of Scappoose Sand & Gravel, who also owns the property OSG is interested in.

“We are in negotiations now for them to purchase some property,” Parker confirmed Wednesday.

He noted the site in question is immediately adjacent to and east of the OMIC building purchased by Oregon Tech and was recently annexed into city limits.

If the property sale goes through, OSG will be the first tenant to build alongside OMIC on a largely unimproved site used for gravel mining.

OSG has also signed on to be a member of OMIC, and the company will likely supply tools and products for use by OMIC apprentices.

“They’re the industry leader in cutting tools,” Chuck Daughtry, executive director of the Columbia County Economic Team, said of OSG. “They’ll have an inventory of drill bits there and a sharpening facility, and they’ll also be members of OMIC, so as members they’ll be supplying cutting parts and tips to OMIC for research and development.”

CCET was instrumental in getting OSG to sign on with the OMIC and invest in Scappoose.

“We were the lead agency on that,” Daughtry noted, acknowledging help of executives at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in Sheffield, England, who also work with OSG.

The company’s involvement with OMIC was first announced by Gov. Kate Brown’s office last fall, after she returned from a trade mission trip to Japan. Brown proudly announced OSG and Mitsubishi had signed membership agreements with OMIC, and hinted that OSG might possibly develop a physical site in Scappoose.

Daughtry said Parker is working to deliver a “developable” site to OSG, with a target date for finalization this spring. The company will likely be eligible to qualify for enterprise zone benefits, which offer property tax breaks to companies as incentives for building and providing decent wage jobs in Columbia County.

OSG company representatives could not be reached before press time.