Oregon Iron Works

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Oregon Iron Works, Inc.
Industry Aerospace, defense, renewable energy, structural engineering, transportation
Founded 1944
Headquarters Clackamas, Oregon, United States
Number of locations
Area served
Products Various
Revenue Approx. US$70 million (2006)[1]
Number of employees
400+ [2][3]
Subsidiaries United Streetcar, LLC
Website www.oregoniron.com

Oregon Iron Works, Inc. (OIW) is a United States-based manufacturer of complex structural components and systems and specialized vehicles, located in the Clackamas area in the southeastern suburbs of Portland, Oregon (within the Portland metropolitan area). Established in 1944, it is involved in a number of different industries, supplying products ranging from high-speed boats for military use to purpose-built girders for roadway bridges. It has production facilities in Clackamas and in Vancouver, Washington,[4] and currently employs about 400 people. In May 2014, the company announced that it was merging with Portland-based Vigor Industrial.[5][6]

United Streetcar[edit]

In 2007, the company entered the field of streetcar (tram) manufacturing, after being awarded a contract, in January 2007, by the City of Portland for the provision of a prototype U.S.-manufactured streetcar for the Portland Streetcar system.[2] The company had signed a technology transfer agreement with Škoda, of the Czech Republic, in February 2006, enabling it to offer to build the already existing Škoda 10 T design, under license from the Czech manufacturer.[7] Upon being awarded the contract, OIW created a new subsidiary, United Streetcar, LLC, for its streetcar manufacturing activity. The prototype streetcar was completed and delivered in mid-2009, and in August 2009 United Streetcar received a contract from the City of Portland for another six 10T streetcars.[8] The announcement of a second order for production-series vehicles soon followed, from the City of Tucson, Arizona.[9] Washington D.C. also ordered two cars from United in April 2012[10] and a third in August 2012.


  1. ^ Richards Oshiro, Gwenda (April 21, 2006). "Oregon Iron Works’ roboplane a thrifty spy". The Oregonian, pp. D1-D2.
  2. ^ a b "Oregon Iron Works gets contract for streetcar". Portland Business Journal. January 26, 2007. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ MacKinnon, Mary (May 14, 2009). "Streetcars soon to be made in Oregon". Portland Tribune. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Facilities". Oregon Iron Works, Inc. 2006. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  5. ^ Francis, Mike (May 21, 2014). "Vigor Marine brings Oregon Iron Works under its roof in merger". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  6. ^ Giegerich, Andy (May 21, 2014). "Vigor Industrial and Oregon Iron Works to merge". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  7. ^ "About United Streetcar". United Streetcar. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  8. ^ Rivera, Dylan (August 14, 2009). "Portland inks $20 million deal for locally made streetcars". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Oregon Iron Works snares $26M contract". Portland Business Journal. May 27, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ Williams, Christina (May 1, 2012). "Oregon Iron Works to make streetcars for D.C.". Sustainable Business Oregon. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 45°25′11″N 122°33′53″W / 45.41986°N 122.56464°W / 45.41986; -122.56464