Suburban Door Co. celebrates 40 years with a barbecue

by: Submitted photo Dave Silvey, founder of Suburban Door Co. in Tualatin and his wife Krista.

TUALATIN - Suburban Door celebrated its 40th year in business last Thursday with a barbecue and an open house for customers past and present.

'We had around 350 people come and enjoy the day with us,' said Cindy Papen, Tri Cities branch manager with the company, located at 12365 S.W. Herman Road.

Founded in 1971 and privately held, Suburban Door Co. has focused on being a service-oriented supplier of pre-hung interior and exterior doors, windows, millwork, stair parts and finish trim products.

Dave Silvey, company owner and president, shared a letter with visitors last week that summarized the company's evolution, from its humble beginnings in a Multnomah Village warehouse to a total of 110,000 square feet of production, storage, prefinish and moulding operations and branch locations throughout Oregon and Washington.

Like many businesses operating today, Suburban Door has weathered its share of adversity, explained Silvey, including the loss of nearly 100 employees and the closure of two locations in the last four years.

'But as we said during the difficult times of the 1980s, 'failure is not an option,'' wrote Silvey, adding, 'we have continued to look for opportunities to increase market share by adding additional services in our Moulding Division, additional items to our product line and we have expanded into the Tri-Cities Washington area.'

Silvey singled out a number of longtime employees, including two recently retired salesmen with more than 30 years of service: Mike Miles and Bob Wilcox.

'In this throw-away, quick-to-change world, relationships are what last and endure,' said Silvey. 'That is the purpose of today and this celebration. We want to express our appreciation and thank every single person who has provided us with kindness, friendship and loyalty over the last 40 years. We look forward to many more years.'

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State's first Yogurtland

opens in Tualatin

TUALATIN - The first Yogurtland in Oregon is open for business at 7477 S.W. Bridgeport Road. Tigard resident Solomon Ezra is store manager.

In addition to its flagship location at Bridgeport Village, the company expects to open six additional franchise locations throughout the state over the next three years.

An immigrant to the U.S., Ezra was born in Ethiopia and lived in Israel during his youth. He served in the Israeli Airforce as a major for six years and after coming to the U.S. worked as an electrical engineer for Intel for nearly 15 years and then as a private consultant for six. He plans to expand throughout the Portland area in the coming years as his business grows.

Longtime local builder

wins excellence awards

In a room full of builders, remodelers and suppliers, local builder Gertz Fine Homes was last week awarded two of the most prestigious awards presented by the Portland Home Builders Association, Pro Build and Energy Trust of Oregon.

Tualatin-based builder Gertz Fine Homes, with 34 years of home-building experience, walked away with two of the top awards for 2010, The Green Building Excellence Award for Best Home Under 2,000 Square Feet, and The Building Excellence Award for Best Single Family Home $450,000 to $550,000.

Once a year the best of the best come together for the awarding of the Excellence in Building Awards.

The Green Building Winner was the Vireo High Performance Home showcased in the Ultimate Open House held last month. A one-level ranch bungalow designed with the baby boomer generation in mind is located in Tualatin in a rare community of one-story homes boasting a good Energy Star Performance Score and achieving the Gold Standard for Earth Advantage Building.

The Building Excellence Award was awarded to 'The Martin' a Gertz Home in the 9100 block of Edgewood in Tigard also shown in the Ultimate Open House. Energy Star and Earth Advantage Gold rated, this home was recognized for its craftsmanship, for saving existing trees, eco friendly features, and a floor plan that includes a 'man cave' with sports bar amenities complete with a wet bar, four TVs and a pool table.

For additional information about the winning homes visit

Beaverton HomeGoods

stores help fight cancer

BEAVERTON - Through June 26, Beaverton-area HomeGoods shoppers will have the opportunity to support cancer care and research while shopping at the off-price home fashions retailer. More than 210 HomeGoods stores nationwide are participating in the 11th annual HomeGoods 'Helps Families Fight Cancer' campaign benefiting the Jimmy Fund, which supports the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass.

HomeGoods customers who would like to participate can make a $1, $5, or $10 contribution at the register with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Dana-Farber.

The Jimmy Fund supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise funds for adult and pediatric care and cancer research and improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.

Jennie Proctor to lead

community development

The Washington County Administrative Office announced that Jennie Proctor is the new manager of the county's Office of Community Development.

Proctor began working for Washington County in 1997 as a grant technician for Community Development. She has spent the last 14 years serving in positions of increasing responsibility, including managing the office's budget and accounting; coordinating a caseload of community development projects; supervising staff; and overseeing the implementation of new programs.

'We are extremely lucky to have someone with Jennie's experience and knowledge ready to take the reins in Community Development,' said Assistant County Administrator Rob Massar. 'Jennie has the respect and trust of those she has worked with in the community and within the county organization.'

The Washington County Office of Community Development manages the Urban County Community Development Block Grant and the HOME Investment Partnership programs on behalf of the county and 11 cities within the county. The programs focus on the development of viable urban communities, decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities for persons of low and moderate income.

The county's proposed budget for 2011-12 would fund the program and its 8.17 full-time-equivalent staff positions with $4.6 million. Federal funding accounts for nearly all of the office's budget.

Ryan earns official

tobacconist designation

BEAVERTON - Edward Ryan of PDX Cigars in Beaverton has earned the designation of Certified Salesforce Tobacconist from Tobacconist University, the official curriculum resource of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association.

Ryan was awarded CST recognition after participating in an academic curriculum and testing process that enabled him to achieve superior technical and marketing knowledge about premium cigars, pipes, premium tobacco and related accessories.

Tobacconist University is an independent teaching and research organization dedicated to preserving the traditions and enhancing the knowledge and skills of retailers and consumers who appreciate luxury tobacco and adhere to a high code of industry ethics and standards.

The IPCPR is a nonprofit association comprised of more than 2,000 owners and employees of small, family-owned cigar stores and businesses primarily engaged in the manufacturing, sales, marketing and distribution of premium cigars, pipes, loose tobacco and related items.