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"How are Things Made?" bus field trip Friday, August 28

On Friday, August 28, the Dill Pickle Society, a newly-formed creative cultural center, warmly invites you to "HOW ARE THINGS MADE?," a bus ride through Portland's industrial economy. Located on the outskirts of town, Portland’s industrial manufacturing is often overlooked by its urban dwellers. Yet our industries provide the raw materials that make up our everyday urban experience and enable Portland’s “creative class” to exist. What things are made in Portland and how are they produced?

Board the bus and get ready to learn about numbers! While en route, Dr. Randall Bluffstone, Chair of the Department of Economics at Portland State University, will provide economic insights on the history of Portland’s development and discuss how the current recession is affecting Portland’s manufacturers. We’ll visit with several factories and associated industries, including the Port of Portland, home of the “Terminal 6″ shipyard (the third largest port on the West Coast), a behind the scenes visit to Intel’s Hillsboro location (the state’s largest private employer), Pendleton Woolen Mills and even a quick stop at Oregon Soap Company.

Space is limited to the first 45 attendees. A $15 donation gets you lunch, a “merit badge” and accompanying materials. Discussion and findings will be documented and published in a print publication and online. -- dill pickle clubexperimental education/ cultural centerportland, ore.