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Tech firm expands in downtown Oregon City

Since moving to downtown Oregon City, Commstructure Consulting has nearly doubled the size of its fiber optics consultancy, providing expertise to national telecom companies like AT&T and Century Link.

“Business is booming with new work coming in,” said owner Barbara Orton. “We’ve staffed up with more professionals on the ground serving clients.”

The company provides technical consulting services to clients for more than 150 cell tower sites in Oregon and Washington.

Twelve full-time employees are working on more than $1.5 million in projects with the hopes of doubling that work next year. Commstructure is growing because telecommunications companies are racing to add fiber optic capacity to under-served and un-wired locations globally, according to Commstructure owner Erik Orton.

Erik and Barbara Orton established Commstructure Consulting, a telecommunications design firm, in 2006. They moved to 811 Rail Road Ave. in August 2011. As consultants, they provide design and project management services for businesses, communities and government agencies that need high-capacity telecommunications bandwidth for data transmission.

This year, the company added two CAD designers along with a project manager, permit specialist and project coordinator to manage multiple projects.

More than 30 percent of Commstructure’s employees are residents of Oregon City. The Ortons expect to hire another CAD designer soon.

“The telecom industry is ‘future proofing’ by adding 4G LTE technology to cell towers in order to prepare for future demand of bandwidth,” said Project Manager James Crooker. “Commstructure helps make the future in technology possible.”

Last year, Commstructure worked with clients including a city of Portland project where Commstructure’s expertise was utilized to fiber optically link pump station and monitoring controls that keep waste water from contaminating the Willamette River.

Commstructure also provided design and project management expertise in The Dalles for a fiber optic network that helped stimulate economic development and attract a global Internet content provider.

“Commstructure Consulting is part of our creative core of downtown Oregon City businesses,” said Lloyd Purdy, downtown program director. “We have a core of entrepreneurs and business owners who work their mental muscles — using their creative talent — just as hard as old mill and manufacturing industries worked turbines and generators.”



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