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Hillsboro customers top prevention drive

Customers at the Jackson Food Store in Hillsboro donated the most money last year in the company’s annual “Give the Gift of Peace” campaign to prevent domestic and dating violence.

The store, 1259 S.E. Tualatin Valley Highway, sold $2,826 worth of paper doves during the campaign, the most of any store in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada.

Altogether, Jacksons’ customers donated $80,437 to the campaign. The company contributed $75,000, raising last year’s total to $155,437. Oregon’s share was $44,778. It will be distributed by the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

“Jacksons Food Stores is pleased to support this important campaign to prevent domestic violence in our communities.

Together, we thank our customers for generously responding to the campaign to increase the level of support for victims of domestic violence,” said Jacksons Food Stores owner John Jackson.

SolarWorld’s import duties have an impact

The import duties won on illegally subsidized Chinese solar cells and panels by SolarWorld are apparently having an effect, according to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing.

In a Jan. 21 press release, the organization says Chinese imports fell to their lowest level in at least two years in November 2011, the peak of the year-end selling season.

“Total Chinese imports valued at $50.5 million in November, down from $75 million in October, were less than a fifth of the $278 million total from October 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s ‘U.S. Imports of Merchandise’ database,” according to the coalition.

SolarWorld, a German company with a large manufacturing plant in Hillsboro, filed the successful trade complaint after more than two dozen U.S. solar manufacturers either went out of business or were forced to downsize.

“The tide of the Chinese government’s intervention in the U.S. solar market is showing signs of receding,” Gordon Brinser, president of Hillsboro’s SolarWorld Industries America Inc., said in the release. “The relief could not come too soon. Workers for most manufacturers have suffered widespread cuts, and the finances of Western and Chinese companies alike have fared poorly.”

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