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AMAZON Continues To Grow In Oregon
With Salem Fulfillment Center

Continued Growth In Oregon
With Salem Fulfillment Center

    New Amazon facility will employ more than 1,000 full-time associates Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its second Oregon fulfillment center in Salem, which will create more than 1,000 full-time positions. The company recently announced an upcoming fulfillment center in Troutdale and it currently operates a sortation center in Hillsboro and Prime Now hub in Portland.
    Additionally, there are more than 40,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Oregon growing their businesses and reaching new customers via Amazon products and services.
    "We are excited to continue growing in Oregon, creating 1,000 full-time jobs in Salem," said Sanjay Shah, Amazon's Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment.
    "The support of Governor Brown, local leaders, and many others have been instrumental in our decision to locate the new fulfillment center in the state capital, and we are grateful for the support we've received to bring new jobs and investment to Oregon."
    "Amazon's continued expansion in Oregon means more jobs and bright futures for the Oregonians who work there and live in the surrounding communities," Governor Kate Brown said. "I'm committed to making sure Oregonians can build the skills to work alongside innovative technology and continue their education at the same time."
    "We're excited to welcome Amazon to Oregon's capital," Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett said. "This is great news for our local economy and small businesses. Salem is looking forward to partnering with Amazon to create innovative jobs and develop a lasting relationship with our vibrant community."
    Associates at the one million square foot facility will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as sports equipment, gardening tools, and pet food.
    Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular fulltime employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
    Since the program's launch, more than 10,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.
    To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers. jobs.
    The Salem project is being developed by Capstone Partners, LLC and PCCP, LLC. Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking.
    Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/ aboutand follow @AmazonNews.
   


New, Independent Registered Investment Advisor Firm In Salem
Capstone Wealth Advisors, LLC,

Ryan Skogstad, Senior Financial Advisor

    Capstone Wealth Advisors, LLC, recently announced its official transition to a Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm. As one of the largest fee-only RIAs in the Salem area, Capstone Wealth Advisors is an independent practice providing both businesses and individual clients personalized advice and services in all areas of investment planning, including: retirement planning, investment tax strategies, estate planning, education funding, risk management, investment asset allocation, and employee and executive benefits.
    "Capstone Wealth Advisors chose to become a Registered Investment Advisor firm to solidify the objective of serving clients," says Senior Financial Advisor Ryan Skogstad. "As such, our only loyalty is to our clients and their success. We feel this is what people are looking for in a financial advisor, and we are excited for the opportunity to provide it."
    The principals of Capstone Wealth Advisors-Rob Norton, Michael Coursey, Ryan Skogstad, Benny Won, and Ron Boucher-are committed to designing financial plans that best meet the individual needs of each of their clients.
    As a Registered Investment Advisor regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Capstone Wealth Advisors are Fiduciaries and are legally bound to work in their client's best interest. As fee-only advisors, CWA cannot accept commissions from any investment related products or mutual fund companies. Their investment recommendations are based only on the specific goals, needs and risk tolerance of their individual clients.
    Banks and other wirehouse models are held to a "suitability" standard, which means investments made on behalf of the client must be "suitable" for the client when they are purchased. This does not necessarily take into consideration the costs or risks associated with some investments.
    "Choosing the right investment advisor is an important decision," says Skogstad. "You should choose a financial advisor whom you trust, who has a disciplined repeatable process, and who is looking out for your best interests rather than the interest of a large corporation."
    Capstone Wealth Advisors (CWA), LLC, is an independent wealth advisory practice headquartered in Salem, Oregon. Owners Rob Norton, CRPC, Michael Coursey, Ryan Skogstad, Benny Won and Ron Boucher have a combined 100+ years of experience and community commitment. CWA serves the best interests of their clients by providing uncompromised advice on retirement, estate and investment planning, business retirement plans and education funding. For more information, call 503-967-1980 or visit www.capstonewealthadvisors.com.
   



The High Cost Of Substance Use For The Workplace
Each year, substance use costs employers billions of dollars in lost productivity

Dr. Jeffery Young
of Hazelden Betty Ford Foudation

    Each year, substance use costs employers billions of dollars in lost productivity and additional healthcare costs, yet many don't realize the huge impact it has on everything from employee morale to the bottom line.
    The use of alcohol and other drugs - both legal and illegal - is common in this country, but we don't talk enough about the associated problems and impact, which are enormous. It is an unfortunate irony that in American culture, we celebrate use while stigmatizing misuse, or problematic use. One result of that cultural contradiction is that, while millions of individuals need help for their substance use, most ignore, avoid or deny the problem until forced to confront it. Too many businesses do the same, missing the opportunity to acknowledge, identify and proactively address employee substance use issues.
    Addiction and other substance use problems affect the workplace in many negative ways. There are immediate impacts, like employees who miss work (absenteeism) and others who are there but not presentminded and focused-perhaps even impaired.
    Injuries and accidents can also result. In fact, employees who misuse alcohol and other drugs result in three times higher healthcare costs and five times higher worker's compensation claims for the business. One 2007 study estimated more than 60 percent of worker's compensation claims involve opioids, the class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers and heroin and has led to a national overdose epidemic.
    Employee substance use can also lead to safety issues that put customers and the public at risk - not to mention litigation. In addition, substance misuse and addiction affects relationships at work, as well as those off the job, reducing quality of life at home and in the work environment- not just for the individuals misusing alcohol and other drugs, but for all those around them. The repercussions of this are felt by coworkers, customers, partners, family members and friends.
    The ripple effect of addiction is a total economic cost estimated at a staggering $428 billion per year in the U.S., half due to healthcare costs and the other half due to lost production. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), on-thejob substance use alone costs American businesses $81 billion a year.
    Because it contrasts with outdated stereotypes, some are surprised to learn that 70 percent of people who use illegal drugs are employed. But the problems go far beyond illegal drugs.
    Alcohol is our nation's most pervasive and costliest substance, by far. Research reported by NCADD found that 24 percent of workers reported drinking during the work day within the past year, 35 percent of work-related emergency room visits involved "at-risk" drinkers, and people with alcohol problems were 2.7 times more likely to have a work injury.
    Some might argue it is not an employer's place to address employee substance use - seeing it more as a private moral issue, rather than a health care one. While legal substance use is a private choice and perhaps an unhealthy one, it is not a moral one - any more than eating chocolate cake or failing to go to the gym. More importantly, decades of research and lived experience confirm that substance use disorder, or addiction, is a health care condition, not unlike heart disease, and that it can be overcome if addressed appropriately.
    It's also a health condition that does not discriminate. It can and does affect people of any age, religion, race, socioeconomic status, gender and profession. More than likely, addiction directly affects about 10 percent to 20 percent of your workforce - depending on the industry. Many more in our workforce are likely experiencing addiction within their family system - a spouse, child or parent, for example - which can also affect their own performance.
    Therefore, it is not only employers' prerogative to support treatment and recovery for individuals and families, but-given the costs-it makes good business sense, too. One of the most effective solutions is to have a strong Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Human Relations departments within a business typically spearhead an EAP, promoting employee wellness and helping those experiencing substance use problems (and often co-occurring mental health concerns) find the resources they need. Research indicates that each dollar spent on an EAP saves $3 in avoided costs.
    For example, it costs a lot more to hire and train someone new than it does to support people and give them the chance to become productive again.
    At the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, where I work, we have increased our outpatient care capacity nationwide, including here in Oregon, where our flexible program in Beaverton allows people to access care while still maintaining a work schedule. Our society has a long way to go in terms of smashing the stigma associated with addiction and providing the health care and resources that people need to recover. Employers in Oregon and across this country can provide leadership in this area, and they have every incentive to do so. For practical steps an employer can take, see: hazeldenbettyford.org/articles/workplaceaddiction- help.
    About Jeffery Young, MD Jeffery Young, MD, is medical director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's outpatient center in Beaverton and its Springbrook residential treatment campus in Newberg, where he also serves as director of the Health Care Professionals Program. Young, a 2015 recipient of his organization's prestigious "Fire Starter Award," received his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University and is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
    The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's outpatient center in Beaverton and inpatient campus in Newberg offer a wide array of services in a whole-person approach to treating addiction. The nonprofit Foundation is the nation's leading provider of addiction treatment and recovery resources, with a system of care that includes 17 sites across the U.S. The center in Beaverton is located at 6600 SW 105th Ave., Suite 120. For more information, visit www.hazeldenbettyford. org/Oregon or call 855-348- 7021, 24 hours a day.