Portland Business Journal
By Ray Hughey
Omega Morgan Inc., a Hillsboro-based company that specializes in moving large, complex equipment, on Monday said it has opened an office in Phoenix where it hopes to capitalize on growth in the technology industry.
Omega Morgan has for years moved large pieces of manufacturing equipment for semiconductor manufacturers in Hillsboro. Intel Corp. in 2011 gave it a platinum rating under its contractor safety assessment program.
Intel also has a major presence in the Phoenix area.
“We are proud to bring our highly skilled professionals to Phoenix,” CEO John McCalla said in a news release. “Our teams can manage almost any type of move from the largest and most complex you can imagine to very small pieces of costly equipment used in the tech industry.”
Over the last two years, the company has been on a growth surge, rising from $20 million in sales a few years ago to $40 million in 2010 and around $60 million in 2011. It employs around 350 people.
Its strategy includes growing by pushing into new geographic territories. In July it acquired Lynden, Wash.-based Action Machinery Moving in a move the company said gave it a better reach into British Columbia.
In December 2011, Portland-based private equity firm Riverlake Partners acquired a majority stake in Omega Morgan and installed McCalla, former CEO of Clackamas-based winch-maker Warn Industries, to run the company as it pushed toward reaching the $100 million sales threshold.
Closer to home, the company announced recently that it has been contracted on Jan. 19 to move Portland’s Sellwood Bridge — at 1,972 feet long, 75 feet high and, 28 feet wide — into a new temporary position over the Willamette River while a new $307.5 million bridge is built in its original spot.