MadrasAs the largest city in Jefferson County and the county seat, Madras is a diverse community with a rich history. Homesteaded at the turn of the 20th century and incorporated in 1911, dryland farming was the core of the local economy until irrigation arrived in 1937.
Madras is a caring community with significant collaboration between residents, businesses, government, service organizations and churches to provide a top-notch quality of life for all ages.
The city has an exceptional aquatic canter, extensive green spaces, a trail system and a new fishing pond - all surrounded by the Cascade mountains and nearby desert buttes.
A diverse mix of manufacturing, agriculture, aviation, distribution, education, business and government services and retail trade, the community continues to expand. The surrounding farmland also remains an important economic contributor to the county and is supported by two agriculture services companies - CHS and Wilbur-Ellis.
World class companies calling Madras home include Bright Wood, KEITH Mfg. Co., Shielding International, Double Press and Albina Fuel. The Jefferson County Enterprise Zone encompasses the industrial area and has over 70 acres of state certified land immediately available for development.
The Madras Airport, a former World War II training base for B-17 pilots, is the site for Butler Aircraft, a regional company that supplies air tanker support for wildland fire suppression.