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Eric and Jeff Ball Oral History Interview. July 13, 2015

Eric and Jeff Ball Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

July 13, 2015

Location:  Orenco Systems Industries, Sutherlin, OR.

Eric and Jeff Ball are brothers who were raised on a ranch near Roseburg, Oregon. Both attended OSU in the early 1980s and graduated with degrees in Mechanical Engineering. From there, both Eric and Jeff returned to the Roseburg area to help their father build a company, Orenco Systems Industries, that today is a world leader in wastewater treatment systems. Initially operated out of the Ball family home, Orenco now conducts business on an international scale and stands as the eighth-largest employer in Douglas County. The Balls' interview focuses on their experiences - both individual and shared - as brothers attending OSU. They also chart the growth of Orenco through their years of association and comment on the contemporary challenges facing their region of Oregon.