Posted: Mon, July 9 2012 at 8:15 AM, Updated: Mon, July 9 2012 at 8:53 AM
Experts say Oregon's manufacturing sector could give the economy the boost it needs.
Nearly 20% of Oregon's gross state product comes from manufacturing.
Reports say manufacturers have increased productivity in the past few years, particularly in the Portland area.
Oregon is known for metals fabrication and machining work.
Officials predict manufacturing will grow in the next few years.