Featured Customer – Pipe Makers Union

Pipe Makers Union, LLC is a carbon fiber wind instrument fabrication company located in Corvallis, Oregon, USA. PMU offers musicians innovative Celtic wind instruments that blend the advantages of modern carbon fiber technology with the time tested designs of traditional craftsmen. PMU is committed to the development of quality Celtic carbon fiber instruments including chanters, pipes, whistles, flutes and didgeridoos using Carbony™ composite material. Carbony™ is an innovative wood-alternative material that resonates stronger than the densest blackwood: it will not crack, break or rot; it is geometrically stable over variable temperature and humidity; it stays as built – no warping or drying out over time; and it makes for a more responsive instrument. With our growing line of products we are providing high quality wind instruments for use by professional musicians around the globe....

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From windsurfer to drone manufacturer

The story of a windsurfing board builder turned drone plane component manufacturer sounds unique, but the Columbia Gorge is home to a handful of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) component manufacturers who have made the transition. Take Real Carbon, for example, a Hood River company that got its start in Southern California in 1988, then relocated to the gorge in 1991. “We were making windsurfing products, so it seemed sensible to move up here,” says Mike Graham, an avid windsurfer who hails from Scotland. Click here to read the full...

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