Oregon gets Swiss zinc company

A Swiss-based zinc company chooses Portland as its new U.S. base.

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ReVolt Technology, a Swiss zinc company, will set up a new research-and-development center and manufacturing plant in Portland, furthering Oregon’s position in the clean-energy industry.

“We can attribute today’s good news to our commitment to the next generation of vehicles and the state’s business incentives that foster innovation and grow Oregon’s renewable-energy sector,” Gov. Ted Kulongoski said. “The state’s efforts to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions are time and again proving to be an effective economic development strategy that delivers jobs to Oregonians.”

Investment recruiters from the state and the city of Portland, backed by Kulongoski and members of Oregon’s congressional delegation, helped land the company in less than two months. During the confidential search, ReVolt Chief Executive James McDougall and other executives visited the state.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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