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DePaul Packaging Wins New Exporter Award

May 22, 2015

DePaul Packaging New Exporter Award - 2015 Celebrate TradeWe are honored that DePaul Packaging was recognized for its international trade leadership with the New Exporter award, presented by the Oregon Consular Corps and others at the Celebrate Trade Gala in Portland May 18.

According to the Oregon Consular Corps:

The New Exporter award recognizes a Portland metropolitan area company that has been trading internationally for two years or less on May 1, 2015. Judges considered entrepreneurial aptitude, commercial acumen, vision, ambition, and drive to build a successful international enterprise. The successful nominee has been chosen for being able to find and develop new growth opportunities abroad that have resulted in increased sales, profit, market share, head count or geographical expansion.

By the end of our fiscal year (June 30, 2015), we expect DePaul Packaging’s nut and dried fruit exports to reach $3 million in revenue. Our owned brands, Lost Coast Snacks and Juniper Naturals, are gaining traction in China, and we are working to expand our product line to include infant formula and begin exporting to other countries. All of these export activities directly support our mission by providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The annual gala, part of World Trade Week, recognized the significant contribution Oregon’s private sector companies and nonprofits make to the region’s economic vitality and quality of life. The evening included keynote speeches by Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. It also raised funds for the Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to students at Oregon universities for study abroad.

Hosts of the evening included
Business Oregon, the City of Portland, Greater Portland Inc., Oregon Department of Agriculture, Pacific Northwest International Trade Association, Portland Business Alliance, Portland Development Commission, the Port of Portland, Travel Oregon and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Gala, held at the Portland Art Museum, featured videos of each award winner. You can watch the DePaul Packaging video, featuring DePaul Industries President & CEO Travis Pearson and footage from our Hayden Island packaging facility, below.

Hiring this Spring? You’re Not Alone

April 15, 2015

SpringHiringTrendsThe overall outlook for the job market in the second quarter can be summed up in one word: hiring.

March’s employment report was a letdown, with just 126,000 jobs created, the weakest month for job creation in over a year. Economists were concerned about this setback after sustained growth in the job market since the end of the recession. But other indicators suggest that hiring will pick up this spring. Job openings rose 3.4 percent to 5.1 million in February, according to the Labor Department, and it’s a positive sign that businesses have open positions to fill. Layoffs have also decreased and fewer Americans are filing for unemployment.

CareerBuilder’s Q2 2015 U.S. Job Forecast surveyed 2,175 hiring managers and human resources professionals, who had big plans for hiring this spring. Highlights include:

32% of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees.
37% plan to hire temporary or contract employees this quarter, up from 33% in 2014.
31% expect to transition some of their temporary or contract employees into permanent team members, also a marked improvement year-over-year.

With this uptick in hiring, employers will have considerable competition for qualified candidates, and positions remaining open for longer periods. Dice Hiring Indicators reported that the average time to fill a position was 26.8 working days in February, the highest level since they’ve tracked this figure. Having an open position for more than a calendar month means a considerable loss of productivity, and pressure on staff members to temporarily take on additional duties.

If you’re looking to hire, especially in industries that see seasonal upticks in spring or if you need a high volume of employees, you’ll want to start early and plan ahead. Enlisting the services of a staffing agency is a great option. Spring is typically very busy for temporary staffing, and in our headquarter city of Portland, Oregon, we’ve seen demand start to pick up even earlier than usual this year.

Are you ramping up hiring this spring? Leave a comment below!

3 Industries Staffing Up This Spring

March 31, 2015

DePaulIndustriesSpringStaffingManufacturingConstructionAgricultureSpring is officially here. Whether snow is still falling in your area of the country or the daffodils are in full bloom, a seasonal pick-up in business has started for many industries. We’re seeing lots of hiring activity in manufacturing, construction and agriculture. If you’re in one of these industries, take note, and start planning now for your staffing needs this spring and summer.


Many industrial companies are ramping up to increase production for spring and summer, especially for companies catering to home and garden and outdoor recreation. They need all sorts of employees, from production workers to shipping/receiving clerks to QA specialists. And when producing more product, they’re hiring staff at distribution centers, as well as CDL drivers, who are already in short supply.

Waiting until the last minute to hire can set production back, and having your employees work overtime has many hidden costs.

The winter rains and snows are coming to a close (we hope), which means shovels in the ground and lots of activity on both residential and commercial buildings. According to the Bureau of Labor Services, construction hiring in April, May and June is double that in December. And with road construction ramping up in cities and rural areas, flaggers are also in high demand.

Whether you need general laborers, skilled tradespeople or security officers at your construction site, getting all hands on deck before crunch time will help avoid project delays.

Depending on where you are in the country, it’s time to get the fields prepared for summer, or your growing season has already started. You’ll likely need help, whether with planting, harvesting, processing, retail sales or office employees.

Rather than waiting until the last minute, when it can be especially challenging to find the folks you need in less-populated areas like Hermiston, Oregon, forecasting staffing needs early will cement an on-time, efficient and productive harvest season.


Do you run a business in one of these industries, and think you’ll need extra help this spring or summer? Don’t delay in contacting a staffing agency. Qualified candidates are in short supply, so getting started today will ensure that your busy season runs smoothly.

Contact DePaul Industries for spring staffing in Portland, Salem, Hermiston, OR; Baltimore, MD; Boise, ID; Sierra Vista, nV

REDF Jobs Study Quantifies Impact of Employment Social Enterprises

March 23, 2015

REDFLogoOne of the major challenges faced by employment social enterprises like DePaul Industries is quantifying impact. While we often use figures like wages paid and permanent positions gained, the overall and long-term impact can be difficult to express. That’s one of the reasons why we were so pleased to see the results of REDF’s Mathematica Jobs Study, released last month.

The study, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, tracked results at seven REDF-supported employment social enterprises over the course of a year. These enterprises employ people with various barriers to employment, such as people who have been in prison or homeless, or those with mental health disabilities.

Just some of the benefits for individuals who gained work through REDF’s social enterprises include:

• 268% increase in income
• 19 percentage point increase in employment a year later (compared to those not hired by the social enterprise)
• 90% received training to build skills

The study also quantified the benefits to society of the social enterprise approach; see a few highlights in the video below.

City Club of Portland Forum March 3 Will Focus on Benefit Companies

February 24, 2015

City Club of Portland logoAre you interested in prioritizing the triple bottom line in your for-profit business? Do you know the difference between a benefit company and a B Corporation? Want to network with leaders of Oregon benefit companies? Head to Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewery for the City Club of Portland‘s free Issue Forum: Benefit Companies on Tuesday, March 3.

Our own Travis Pearson, who was recently named President & CEO of DePaul Industries, will serve as a panelist, discussing DePaul Industries’ unique position in the benefit company movement as a nonprofit social enterprise with two wholly-owned for-profit subsidiaries that are benefit companies and B Corps. Other panelists at the forum will represent the Oregon Secretary of State‘s office, Immix Law Group, Celilo Media Group and Hopworks Urban Brewery.

From the City Club:

“Our panelists will discuss the history, creation, and implementation of this game changing new law. Those who manage benefit companies will tell their stories about why they chose to become benefit companies and what their causes and missions are and they will talk about the hardships and pitfalls that they have encountered in achieving and maintaining this designation. The panelists will also clarify the distinction between Oregon Benefit Companies and the similar designation of ‘B’ Corporation.”

The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. March 3 at Hopworks, 2944 Southeast Powell Blvd., Portland. Visit the City Club of Portland’s website to reserve your seat at this free event.


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