When we talk about Oregon’s film and TV industry benefitting local businesses, people often think about businesses directly involved with the industry – equipment rental houses like Pacific Grip and Lighting, Casting agencies like Lana Veenker Casting, Catering services like Artist Center Catering…
It’s important to remember, though, that film and TV production needs hundreds of services from several businesses sectors… and when productions shoot in Oregon, they go to businesses here in Oregon for those services. Oregon Film intern Michal Orczyk learned about one of these businesses first-hand when he interviewed David and Steve Besaw from 52nd Avenue Hardware about their involvement with Oregon’s film and TV industry… and how our industry did more than help their business survive the recession!
The recent recession dragged many American businesses through stress, sacrifice, and sometimes even greater losses. Because the housing market was at the center of the downturn, Steve and David experienced an especially rocky period for their business… But the brothers credit the high demands of the film industry in recent times to a reversal of fortunes -the store in fact added two full time employees, and retained all their benefits. (Read More…)
You can find the full article on the Governor’s Office of Film and Television’s Oregon Confluence blog. Be sure to watch that blog for future entries in Michal’s exploration of Oregon business – and how the film and TV industry hasn’t just helped it survive, but grow!