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Holiday Retirement gets warm welcome

Senior living giant to bring 200 jobs to metro area

Lake Oswego is happy to be the new home for Holiday Retirement.

In fact, city leaders are thrilled.

They made that clear when the retirement community giant was welcomed with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a big open house last Friday at the new corporate headquarters on Meadows Road.

Suits, smiles, lots of food and plenty of optimism abounded at the event. Wearing the best suit and biggest smile was Jack Callison, CEO of Holiday Retirement.

'We're thrilled to be in Lake Oswego after being in Salem for 40 years,' Callison said. 'Our company is experiencing significant growth right now, and we had simply outgrown our existing corporate offices.

'It was really important that we find a new corporate office that would be near a major transportation hub like the Portland airport.'

If Lake Oswego already feels like home to Callison and many of his employees, that's because it is.

'We desired to keep our employees in this vicinity and remain in the fabric of this community,' Callison said. 'We consider this home because many of us have already moved to Lake Oswego or nearby.'

Many local political representatives and business leaders were on hand to greet Callison, and leading the way was Lake Oswego Mayor Jack Hoffman.

'We are very pleased to have a high-quality company like Holiday Retirement in our city,' Hoffman said. 'We're thrilled that it has chosen its new location on the Kruse Way corridor, bringing jobs and adding to the economic and civic vitality of Lake Oswego.'

It is easy to see why Hoffman, the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and other city boosters are so happy that Holiday Retirement is now part of this community. The company currently owns and operates 315 independent senior living communities, totaling 37,000 apartments and employing 11,000 associates throughout the United States and Canada.

Almost 200 of those jobs are being brought to the Portland metro area.

Now that Holiday Retirement is in Lake Oswego, can other big companies be moving here too? Hoffman hopes this is the start of something big.

'We very much appreciate companies trusting their business to Lake Oswego,' Hoffman said. 'We know they will find this city to be very welcoming and appreciative of business.'

For this point of view, Hoffman's first reference can be Callison.

'This is just a win-win situation for us in Lake Oswego and our company,' Callison said. 'This is going to be a great partnership.'



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