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  • Camas High School Robotics Group Tours Columbia/Okura Facility

    by Columbia Okura | Apr 28, 2016
    Earlier this week, Camas' High School Robotics Group toured Columbia/Okura's facility.  Breaking up in small groups they were able to see the different phases from conception to execution.  Many of the staff participated to help educate the students on the company.          

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  • Columbia/Okura reconginzed as a finalist for the Fastest Growing Business in Southwest Washington Over 10 years old

    by Columbia Okura | Apr 27, 2016

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    Columbia/Okura LLC was nominated (again) for Fastest Growing Business in Southwest Washington Over 10 years old.   Against a record number of entries, Columbia/Okura was again selected as a finalist to compete for this impressive award. 

    Finalists in 4 award categories (Start-up; 1-5 years old; 6-10 years old; Over 10 years old) were invited to participate in an Awards Reception on Wednesday evening, April 20th, at the Battle Ground Community Recreation Center.  Columbia/Okura was up against some strong competition including Papa Murphy's, Nautilus, Mary Jane's House of Glass, NetRush (a third party seller on Amazon), 2 Accounting firms and Cascade Flooring America. 

    Congratulations to all employees of Columbia/Okura for your excellent work allowing us to participate in a prestigious event like this. 

    You can see the write-ups on the Finalists and Award Winners in today's Vancouver Business Journal:

    2016 Finalist for Fastest Growing Business in Clark County
  • International Production & Processing Expo

    by Columbia Okura | Jan 28, 2016
    This week employees from Columbia/Okura LLC exhibited at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.  A lot of great connections were made and having our local sales reps from Advanced Packaging Solutions really helped with a local presence!

    This expo is hailed as the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meet and feed industries.  This year the show focused on Innovation, Education,Global Reach and of course Networking.

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    Thank you Dick Sampson(SAE & Innovation Manager) Brian Hutton(President-not pictured), Tracy Kittle (Advanced Packaging Solutions), and John Wolfe(Advanced Packaging Solutions) for making the show such a success!
  • Evergreen School District Robotics Team Compete at Columbia Campus

    by Columbia Okura | Jan 22, 2016
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    Today students from all of the Evergreen School District High Schools competed against one another with their robotic invention.  Each group had to demonstrate that their robot had to remain working, not hit ​any side walls and navigate around the maze to the finish line.  Any robot to hit any wall would automatically become disqualified.  These 9th graders were amazing with their tenacity and creativity!  Future engineers for sure!
  • South Valley Nut Conference

    by Columbia Okura | Nov 06, 2015
    Today Columbia/Okura LLC and West Coast Supply Company partnered at a
    Nut Conference in Tulare,California.  It's great to participate in a ​niche specific conference to ​​meet with individuals focused on the nut industry!  Great job representing our company Dick Sampson!

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  • National Manufacturing Day

    by Columbia Okura | Oct 02, 2015
    Today is National Manufacturing Day!  Columbia and Columbia/Okura LLC decided to celebrate in style by thanking all of their employees by cooking a pancake breakfast!  Yum!!!!  Thank you everyone for all of your hard work this year!  Props to the executive for doing all the cooking!pancake1 pancakeII
  • Come Visit Us at booth # C1613 at Pack Expo

    by Columbia Okura | Sep 26, 2015
    We are so excited to be here in Las Vegas!  Come see our Robot in action!
  • Sneak Peak of our showcase for Pack Expo!

    by Columbia Okura | Sep 08, 2015
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    Make sure to stop by our booth at Pack Expo Vegas!  We are booth #C-1613!  Our team here at Columbia/Okura LLC did a great job putting together this system!  We can't wait to showcase it at the show!
  • Mark Andrews Celebrates 15 years at Columbia/Okura LLC

    by Columbia Okura | Aug 06, 2015

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    Recently at Columbia/Okura LLC company meeting, Mark Andrews; Sr. Account Manager was recognized for his 15 years of service.  We are so lucky to have him on our team!  Brian Hutton;President and Dick Sampson VP of Sales ​accompanied him in a congratulatory photo.
  • Columbia/Okura sponsored FIRST Robotics team for 5th year in a row!

    by Columbia Okura | Jul 09, 2015
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    This year the 2015 game challenge required stacking large shipping totes 6 levels high and capping them with a large recycle can.  With the assistance from funding donated to the program the team was able to create one of the most effective robots in the Pacific Northwest for gathering totes off the floor and building these stacks.

    The team won awards for Industrial Design, Innovation in Control and Safety.  They also qualified for the 5th year in a row to compete at the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis!

    Well done team!  For more information about this team, click on the link:                 First Robotics
  • Columbia and Columbia/Okura LLC Joint Bagging Strategy

    by Columbia Okura | Jul 01, 2015
  • Columbia Machine and Columbia/Okura Reached Goal of 180 Days Without Injury!

    by Columbia Okura | May 27, 2015
    Today, Columbia Machine and Columbia/Okura employees celebrated 180 days without a time loss injury.  This is a great accomplishment to the entire organization!  Working safely, enforcing safety measures and supporting our safety minded culture will continue to help our Team Members avoid injuries both on and off the job!

    In honor of this achievement, Big Kahuna's provided a BBQ lunch for all of the Columbia Machine and Columbia/Okura staff.
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  • Craft Brewery Show 2015

    by Columbia Okura | Apr 14, 2015
    Columbia Okura and Columbia Machine are ready for the doors to open at the Craft Brewery Show at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR this week!  What a great venue to have in Portland!
  • Visit from FIRST Team 2471

    by Columbia Okura | Sep 18, 2014



    FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology www.usfirst.org) Robotics Team 2471 (www.team2471.org) made a return visit to Columbia/Okura to present their “Dr Claw” (Aerial Assist Robot) project. The team, made up of local students from Camas, Washougal and Hockinson high schools in Washington State, provided a live robot demonstration. The team also presented Columbia/Okura with a Thank You plague for its support last season.

    Columbia/Okura continued its support of the team and the programs promotion of robotics education this year through a parts and cash donation. Please join us in congratulating FIRST Robotics Team 2471 for all the great work they have done and in wishing them best of luck for future competitions. 

  • School Supplies Drive

    by Columbia Okura | Aug 01, 2014
    We're proudly participating in this years KGW School Supply Drive. Every year, KGW partners with local businesses to collect and deliver much needed school supplies to thousands of students in local school districts. Please stop by our main office at 107 Grand Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98661 with donations – we’ll be collecting supplies between 8/1 and 8/22. Your donations will help more kids than ever go back to school prepared and ready to succeed!


  • New Latin America Sales Representation

    by Columbia Okura | Jul 31, 2014


    Columbia/Okura is excited to announce the addition of Julio Rubio as Latin America Sales Director. Julio joins us with an exceptional technical background and over 10 years of experience with packaging and material handling systems. Julio's office is in Mexico City, Mexico. 

    Julio will work in combination with our local representatives throughout Latin America. He will be your primary contact for new projects in this region. Please join us in welcoming Julio to the Columbia/Okura team! 

    To learn more about Columbia/Okura's robotic palletizing solutions in Latin America, visit www.columbiaokura.com/es or contact Julio at julrub@colmac.com

  • International Powder & Bulk Solids Expo 2014

    by Columbia Okura | May 19, 2014


     Columbia/Okura, LLC recently exhibited at the International Powder & Bulk Solids Expo in Rosemont, Illinois. The show is one of the largest dry processing exhibitions in North America. Columbia/Okura displayed a model A1800 robotic palletizer showcasing its high speed capabilities. The booth also featured Columbia/Okura's expansive offerings of End Effector solutions and services. 

    We would like to thank everyone involved in making this another successful trade show. See you again in 2016!


  • 2014 Safety BBQ

    by Columbia Okura | Apr 17, 2014

    Today Columbia Machine & Columbia/Okura LLC celebrated a record setting injury free length of time!  For over 6 months, not a single time loss injury has been recorded.  Also, we celebrate 176 days without any recordable injuries.  This perfect record extends back to 2013 and we are positive that we can keep our impressive safety trend going. We honored our employees for their efforts with a catered BBQ by Famous Dave’s Restaurant.  It was a great opportunity to gather as a company and recognize our achievement.  Safety is priority number one for Columbia.  Whether it be in one of our facilities or in a customer’s plant, we strive to create the safest environment we can. Keep up the good work.

    Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

    Safety BBQ

  • National Robotics Week!

    by Columbia Okura | Apr 08, 2014

    April 5-13th is National Robotics Week. The purpose of this great event is to celebrate the US as a leader in robotic development, educate the public on the positive impacts of robotic technology and to inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics. Visit www.nationalroboticsweek.org for more information. 

    Join in the celebration by attending one of the many great events being held throughout the nation. Click here for a complete list of events your area. 

    Happy Robotics Week! 

  • Go Hawks!

    by Columbia Okura | Jan 31, 2014


    Good luck to the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday in the NFL Super Bowl!