ADX / Portland, ORADX / Portland, OR Building a Community of Thinkers & Makers Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:04:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Port Rhombus Design: A Gifted Marketplace Bio Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:04:46 +0000 portrombuslogo

Port Rhombus Design was founded in 2010, and they create unique, durable goods are handcrafted with responsible materials and processes right here in the USA. They merge digital processes with craft methods to create immaculate functional objects with personality and integrity. Come check out Port Rhombus Design at this year’s Gifted: A Portland Made Marketplace on Dec 13th here at ADX.

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Revolution Design House: A Gifted Marketplace Bio Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:34:53 +0000 revolutionlogo

Revolution Design House believe form and function should never be mutually exclusive, and integrity in both process and product should always take top priority. Revolution Design House is a Portland based producer of American made objects. They represent innovative makers-and-thinkers from idea to market, as their goal is to reinforce the importance of American design. Their products are made locally and the materials they use are always considered. The result is a collection of objects that are as unique as they are timeless, as simple as they are surprising. Come check out Revolution Design House at this year’s Gifted: A Portland Made Marketplace on Dec 13th here at ADX.

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Make-A-Gift Workshops Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:14:43 +0000 The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it the mad rush to find the perfect gifts for the ones we love. Sure, you could go out and buy something, but why give something you found on a shelf when you can give a gift from the heart (and hands!)

Our next Make-A-Gift workshop is November 22nd, and we will be making an awesome set of drinking glasses. The workshop only costs 25 dollars, and you’ll walk away with a unique gift to give away (or a nice treat to enjoy yourself!) Click here for more details and to register!

Stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook, because more Make-A-Gift workshops are on the way!

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Toast is Hiring! Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:02:20 +0000 Temporary Production Team Member

Job description

Toast has two immediate openings for detail-oriented people to join our production team. Work includes: sanding and finishing raw materials and finished products, packaging finished products and helping with order fulfillment. Products and materials will vary but you will be mainly working with wood. Most work is done with hand tools, some powered sanders and cutting tools.

Must be detail-oriented, flexible and keen to work in our efficient, made to order production system. Ideal candidates can juggle multiple job aspects, craft products of the highest quality, jump from task to task, and prioritize needs to keep production and fulfillment flowing. This position will offer opportunities to learn skills and provide input into improving our products and production process.

This is a temporary position through the end of the year with the possibility to stay on if we have the work. Hourly pay is $11 per hour, for approximately 40 hours per week. Hours may vary slightly depending on demand. Toast is a small, young company, so flexibility and a fun work environment are the best benefits. Our studio work environment is young (at heart), flexible, and located in the heart of Montavilla neighborhood in Portland.

Toast is a growing team of 13 people crafting products and shipping them around the world. We care about our products, and our employees. As a team we strive to make the best products and enjoy doing it. We prioritize our customers and ournatural environment. Learn about our company at


If interested, please email Matias Brecher at , include information about your woodworking/craft experience and availability.

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Hand-eye Supply: A Gifted Marketplace Bio Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:48:39 +0000 handeyesupply

Hand-Eye Supply is a work-focused supply store for creative minds located in Portland, OR. From research materials to tool storage, from pocket knives to attractive workwear with pockets to hold those knives, they have something for everyone. Hand-Eye Supply merges design-mindedness with the culture of craftsmanship present in Portland, OR. Come check out Hand-eye Supply at this year’s Gifted: A Portland Made Marketplace on Dec 13th here at ADX.

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ADX 101 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:34:30 +0000 What makes ADX a special place? We offer access to our 14,000 square foot warehouse, wood and metal shops, and design tools, but what really sets ADX apart is the community of thinkers and makers that we are proud to call members. To work out of ADX is to draw upon generations of experience and ingenuity.


“What happens” asks ADX founder Kelley Roy, “when you put a lot of different people in one space and give them access to the resources they need to be creative?” The answer to that question is a story that is being written every day at ADX. People with decades of experience offering advice to green newcomers. Woodworkers collaborating with metalworkers. These are the stories that ADX is writing on a daily basis.


ADX provides a space where makers can concentrate on their craft, and not the logistics of running their own shop. It is easier to focus on making the perfect chair if you aren’t trying to remember if you paid the electricity bill, and there is no need to spend a small fortune on equipment when our shop has most any need covered.


To learn more about the ADX philosophy, click here to watch a short video. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our blog, newsletter, and YouTube channel.

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Veteran Bicycle Co in the media! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:12:45 +0000 veteranbicycle

Our friend and ADX member David Lewis, founder of Veteran Bicycle Co, has been featured on In the article David talks about his ideas for building a more affordable, American made bicycle, as well as who and what have influenced him over the years. Want to know more? Check out the article by clicking here. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our blog, newsletter, and YouTube channel.

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Upcoming Shop Steward Group Interview Fri, 07 Nov 2014 23:33:29 +0000 hailsafety

Want to trade your time and skills for shop access at ADX? We have several Shop Steward openings available through our work/trade program. The primary duties of the Shop Stewards include assisting members and maintaining a clean and safe shop environment. In exchange for two 5-hour shifts per week you will receive an unlimited ADX membership and huge discounts on classes!

We will be conducting a group interview and info session on Tuesday Nov. 11th at 5:15pm. Please bring your resume and references, and fill out our skills survey online before attending:

If you haven’t attended a Safety Orientation, please plan to stay from 6-7 to complete it.

Hope to see you Tuesday! If you have any questions, drop a line to our coordinator Joss:

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ADX Youth Programs Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:02:24 +0000 ADX does more than provide a place for today’s thinkers and makers to ply their craft – we are also dedicated to shaping the skills and minds of the youth who will be the thinkers and makers in the decades to come. U.S. manufacturing is back on the rise, and when the current generation hangs up their tool belts it is vital that the fresh-faced recruits that take their place have the skills to hit the ground running. Modern day manufacturing is different from days of old and ADX is responding with cutting edge programming that is not available anywhere else.


Forest Park Elementary School hired ADX to teach their fifth graders the basics of soldering and electronics. The students began by discovering the fundamental behaviors of electricity, and before long they were engaging in complex problem solving and were teaching one another. Even if these students do not enter a field that will require these skills, the ability to solve problems and work together transfer to any career.


Work Systems Inc brought ADX on board to teach students not only how to convert standard bicycles into electric bicycles, but also how to fabricate the necessary parts. Students first learned the bike manufacturing process including where all of the various components came from, and then they got down to business. Ben DeWitte, an ADX instructor, explains, “we’ve developed a critical energy within this organization for developing creativity and practical application of these skills and ADX is an opportunity to introduce that to a wider group.”


To watch a short video about our work with Forest Park Elementary, click here, and to watch a video about our work with Work Systems Inc, click here. If you would like ADX to partner with your local school, please email Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our blog, newsletter, and YouTube channel.

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ADX is Hiring – Facilities Manager Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:25:46 +0000 POSITION SUMMARY

The Facilities Manager is responsible for the safety, maintenance, appearance, functionality and overall customer experience inside ADX. The FM manages the day to day operations and develops budget projections for facility upgrades. Additionally, the FM manages major projects relating to buildings and grounds, and provides technical knowledge and leadership for facility upgrades for ADX buildings and grounds. The FM is responsible for supervising certain ADX shop stewards and serving as the primary contact for designated vendors. The duties of the FM are summarized as follows:

Duties and Responsibilities

Facility Management:

• Responsible for the monitoring of all essential building systems to assure they are operating correctly and efficiently. Systems include but are not limited to: electrical, mechanical, roofing, security, fire suppression and plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems.

• Manage and prioritize maintenance and repair needs; work with vendors to coordinate maintenance and repair when outsourcing is necessary.

• Directly or through supervision of workers or external vendors completes all necessary painting, structural repairs to masonry, woodwork, and furnishings of buildings, cleaning of common spaces and offices, and maintains grounds.

• Establish and maintain positive relationships with vendors, contractors, engineers, employees and shop stewards.

• Requisitions necessary tools, equipment, and building and maintenance supplies.

• Work with ADX staff and volunteers to provide information, advice and recommendations to solve problems and address facility related concerns.

• Responsible for the creation and maintenance of policy and procedure manuals for the operations of ADX, incorporating input from vendors and staff.

• Develop and maintain storage and updating of all warranties in effect.

• Manage replacement plan and purchasing of all furniture and equipment in collaboration with the Director of Design and Fabrication.

• Serves as a member of the ADX management team. Attends management team meetings, participates in developing and implementing agency administrative policy relating to budgeting, strategic planning, policy development, physical plant, resource and staffing needs.

• Communicate with Directors about emerging maintenance issues in a timely fashion.

• Collaborate with Directors to manage inventory of donations including database management.

• Coordinate deliveries of large donations from drives as needed.

Quality Assurance:

• Inspects completed facilities work by shop stewards for conformance to quality standards, specifications, or blueprints.

• Coordinates all required building inspections.

• Work with outside authorities to monitor compliance with regulations pertaining to the organization’s facility. When compliance issues are identified, serves as the lead staff member to remediate any issues.

• Complete and maintain necessary documentation and reports for compliance.

• Develop and maintain an electronic method of maintenance record keeping.

• Establish an electronic work order system into which all staff can input information. Safety and Security:

• Coordinates internal, multi-disciplinary Safety Team to create and implement plans relating to safety such as fire evacuation plans.

• Responsible for the monitoring of all life safety systems to assure systems are operating correctly and efficiently.

• Responsible for the monitoring of all security systems for functionality. Manage relationship with external security vendor. Serve as first point of security system troubleshooting.

• Train staff and volunteers on security protocols in collaboration with training team.

• Maintain required Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).


• Confers with other ADX departments to develop integrated programming and procedures.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

• Hires, trains, and directs work of Staff, Shop Stewards and Custodian.

• Assist with a portion of staff orientation related to facility operations for all new employees.

• Motivates supervisees to achieve goals through supervision, coaching, goal setting, and training, and performance badging for shop stewards.

• Reviews and evaluates performance of supervisees.

• Remains accountable for positive client service and accurate record keeping.


• Associate’s degree in a related field or journeyman’s card or high school diploma/equivalency plus related training and 2 years’ experience in addition to qualifications below.

• Five years related facility management experience.

• 2 years’ supervisory/management experience.

• Ability to effectively work with diverse populations.

• Proven experience in facilities management, including experience in overseeing contractors and vendors.

• Proven experience in managing building security systems, including experience with security software and programming FOBs.

• Proven experience managing budgets and purchasing.

• Excellent attention to detail.

• Excellent organizational skills.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Additional Responsibilities:

• Attend trainings and continuing education activities as assigned.

• Promote an atmosphere of extraordinary customer service.

• Other duties as assigned.

• Commitment to the mission, vision and values of the organization.

• Ability to handle crises appropriately.

• Excellent customer service skills and a commitment to high quality customer service.

• Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office, Building Automation Systems, and security software. Knowledge of database management.

• Ability to successfully manage different projects at once and meet deadlines.

• Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

• Ability to maintain confidentiality.

• Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.

• Must be able to learn and supervise cleaning methods and protocols.

Physical and Environmental Requirements

• Must be able to work safely in an environment containing caustic chemicals, cleaning materials, dust and noise; and operate heavy machinery; must possess knowledge and experience with building and fire codes, OSHA regulations, fire alarm systems and associated fire safety systems.

• Must be able to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting items up to 50 pounds unassisted, bending, standing, climbing and walking.

• Routinely required to work under inclement weather conditions.

Other Requirements

• Attend ADX New Staff Core Training Program.

• Satisfactory Criminal Background Check.

• Have a valid OR driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, access to a vehicle during work hours.


To apply, please email you resume to

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