We are a small factory in an industrial area of Southeast Portland. We make colored glass by hand. Artists, designers, and architects around the world use our glass, many of them relying on what we make for their livelihood.
The act of making is at the heart of Bullseye’s identity. It’s what we have always done since the factory was started in 1974 by three art school graduates.
But making is about more than producing glass. Making is about learning, about exploring, about discovery. That’s why we continue to develop new methods of glass working. That’s why we invest heavily in programs that bring art enrichment to the local community and others that attract visitors from around the world to Portland. That’s why we produce:
- Educational programs
- Opportunities for emerging artists
- Individual and group residencies for artists, designers, and architects
- Collaborations with art museums and other cultural non-profits
- Children’s programs that bridge art and science while empowering kids to think critically and engage with their world
Our 150 employees are proud of the work they do every day. Bullseye is determined to continue in Southeast Portland, because of these people and their families. Last year, two other Northwest glass factories sold out, laying off most of their employees and shipping their equipment to Mexico. Employees work at Bullseye for an average of eight years, and many have worked at Bullseye for decades. Some workers live in the neighborhood, send their children to school in the neighborhood, and bike and walk to work every day. Bullseye is neither closing nor moving. Our roots are here. We belong here.
Those roots tap deep into another of our core values: environmentalism. The 1971 Oregon Bottle Bill provided us the post-consumer glass that we re-melted to make our first sheets of colored glass. We developed our original glass formulas with a commitment to do not only what made financial sense at the time, but also because we believed it was the right thing for our world. This belief-not government regulation-was the impetus for installing a wastewater recycling system in 2004 and an oxy-fuel system in 2005. These projects reduced our water use by 60% and our nitrous oxide emissions by 90% and carbon emissions by 40% respectively. Neither investment was required by government regulation.
We have always supported regulations focused on health, safety, and the environment, and to be cooperative and responsible citizens of our community. Yet in February 2016 we found ourselves the target of a campaign by the State of Oregon to brand us as “polluters” and bad neighbors after having worked under their direct supervision for decades.
The ensuing actions of Governor Brown and her agencies were irrational, politically-motivated, and unprecedented. They were also unconstitutional.
No person or business should be subjected to the treatment we received. No company should work ethically and steadfastly for decades only to have its good name smeared and its industry-regardless of how small-vilified for political ends.
The suit we have filed is a civil rights suit. What we are seeking is truth, transparency, and equal treatment.
To learn more about who we are, and what we make, watch the Bullseye factory tour video.