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Welcome to ESCO Engages blog! At ESCO our people take pride in making a difference around the world and in their communities. Our ESCO Engages blog will feature the unique perspectives of Weir and ESCO employees who are passionate about education, service and leadership. ​  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​
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 In the Heart of Slabtown: ESCO Shares History and Future of Innovation

 

Kat Robinson | September 5, 2018

Not many Portlanders know that Slabtown gets its name from the large quantities of slab wood. We’ve been designing and manufacturing innovative products in the neighborhood since 1913. Join us at the 2018 Slabtown Festival on September 8.

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 ESCO Provides Research Opportunities for PSU Engineering Students

 
Daniel Widlund | August 22, 2018

Portland State University students gain major support with their research-based projects in collaboration with the Oregon Metals Initiative. Learn why this type of initiative hits close to home for ESCO's Chief Metallurgist.

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 Shared Passion for Engineering Leads Lo Brothers to Innovation Center

 
August 8, 2018

Brothers Pha and Phai, and their cousin Hue, all started their careers at ESCO working in operations. Today they work in the Hank Swigert Center for Innovation, but the paths they each took to reach that point and find their passion for innovation and engineering varied.

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 Weir-ESCO Partnership Comes Full Circle for Long-time ESCO Employee

 

July 25, 2018

As one of few current ESCO employees who has worked for Weir in the past, Hamilton has the unique experience of watching his career co me full circle as the two companies become one.

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 FIRST LEGO Robotics Provides STEM Learning at All Ages

 

James Ritzman | July 11, 2018

LEGOs is a perfect medium for learning, because it is intrinsically modular, includes interconnectable parts, and you can easily use existing elements to build prototypes and test hypotheses. An ESCO colleague shows us how he is inspiring the future STEM leaders of tomorrow just as FIRST LEGO League seeks to do.

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 Baja SAE Partnership Promotes STEM Education, Experiential Learning and Workforce Development

 

by Steven Hyde | June 27, 2018

Oregon will have an estimated 40,000 new job openings per year in STEM-related fields by 2020. When looking at current and future STEM jobs in Oregon, it is ever more important that we continue to support all partnerships between industry and STEM programming like Baja SAE Oregon. 

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 ESCO and Camp Fire Columbia Dedicated to Community Engagement

 

by Nancy Schmugge | June 12, 2018

I recently joined the Board of Directors for Camp Fire Columbia, a youth development organization that aims to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. In serving as a Camp Fire board member, I recognized that a major part of our culture at ESCO is about supporting the communities where we live and work.

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 How ESCO’s Commitment to Higher Education Impacted my Career

 

​by Beatriz Moraga​​​ June 1, 2018

Beatriz Moraga shares how her days as a student attending Portland State University and ESCO's support to higher education led her to landing a dream job with our company.

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 ESCO Shares Education, Career Opportunities on Take Your Child to Work Day

 
by Dan Kearsley | May 17, 2018 
 

For our annual Take Your Child to Work Day event on April 26, we hosted a fun, hands-on experience for children of
ESCO employees. This is a U.S.-based event best known for introducing careers to children of all ages. At ESCO we
offered a variety of activities showcasing what we do as a company, as well as the educational and career opportunities
that exist in different fields.

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 ESCO Celebrates Earth Day with Forest Park Conservancy

 
by Dziugas Radzius | May 2, 2018

More than 30 ESCO volunteers dedicated their Friday afternoon to wheel-barrowing 12,500 pounds of large rocks and gravel to be staged for future trail work later this summer.

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 Misty Rogers Honored with 2018 STEP Ahead Award

 
by Todd ​Steimer | April 24, 2018

We have many outstanding employees here at ESCO, but it is important to recognize the unsung heroes—those whose contributions often take place behind the scenes. Misty Rogers, our North American systems manager, is one of those unsung heroes.

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 ESCO Supports Local Robotics Team with Custom-Built Parts

 
by Kevin Stangeland | ​April 4, 2018​

I’d like to highlight a group of high school students right here in our own backyard who sought new opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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 ESCO Celebrates International Women's Day with Lean In Discussion

 

by Brittni Beers-Branco | ​March 21, 2018​

In recognition of International Women’s Day, ESCO recently held an event for our female employees both in Portland and across the United States based on the book, Lean In, by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. ​

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 STEM Gender Inequality - the Workforce Problem and ESCO's Commitment to be Part of the Solution

 
by Sarah Heiner | ​March 7, 2018​

Many industries, civic leaders and non-profits have wrestled with the question of how to bring more women into the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce and support career advancement. 

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 How Engineering Companies can Help Make STEM fun

 

by Anna Thames | ​February 21, 2018

As one of the leading engineering companies in the world, ESCO is dedicated to expanding student interest and access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. But, with all of the noise and distraction in the world, how do we cut through the chaos and encourage students to engage with STEM education tools?

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 Oregon Must Solve Fiscal Challenges and Invest in the Future

 

by Jon Owens | ​February 14, 2018

​For many companies like Esco, the question remains: What will we need our workers to do in the future?​