From boom to bust, OPE dealers ride Oregon's economic swings

06/30/2008 | Oregonian (Portland), The

Dave's Outdoor Power Equipment in Cave Junction, Ore., used to thrive on sales of chain saws, until environmental concerns halted logging on federal lands. Their business switched to private homeowners as retirees flocked to the state and Californians searched for a cheaper place to live. But the mortgage meltdown has ended the residential boom, and the owners admit their store -- like much of the state -- is struggling.

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