Hooked on bamboo

Bamboo Revolution grows like a weed.

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Mike Pullen was a residential remodeler when he realized his real calling was with quick and sustainable bamboo.

With his new showroom opening in Portland, he hopes to show customers the many non-ornamental uses of the plant.

Today, Pullen’s company, Bamboo Revolution, uses the fast-growing material to make items such as panels and flooring for the building industry, suitcases and pens. And with a showroom set to open soon in Southeast Portland, and an industrial-scale bamboo farm in the works, Pullen’s business is growing almost as fast as the bamboo itself.

Company sales increased 50 percent in 2008, and 30 percent in 2009, prompting Pullen in September 2009 to begin remodeling a 1927 auto parts store into a showroom to better display his products. He also recently brought on Keith Shradar as his lead product designer and business partner.

Read more at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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