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The Zidell Companies are a group of family-owned companies active in and around Portland's South Waterfront neighborhood since the 1920s that once operated the largest shipbreaking operation in the United States.
Today, Zidell's barge-building company is a major landowner in the South Waterfront. Zidell has been involved in the South Waterfront Plan to redevelop the neighborhood for business and residential towers.
As of July 2010, the Zidell Companies' CEO is Jay Zidell, the grandson of founder Sam Zidell.
 Land holdings
- 14 acres at 3121 SW Moody Ave., just south of the Ross Island Bridge, valued at $9.3 million. The proposed Ross Island Bridge Park would sit on this site.
- 15.7 acres at 3121 SW Moody Ave, just north of the Ross Island Bridge, valued at $10.5 million.
 Cleanup plan
According to a 2009 Portland Tribune article posted on Zidell's website, "much of" Zidell's land "has been contaminated with oil, PCBs, asbestos and other toxic materials." In the 1990s, Zidell entered the Department of Environmental Quality's voluntary industrial cleanup program to make plans for detoxification of the site.
In December 2009, Zidell announced that it would begin a self-funded, $20 million cleanup of its 30 acres in the South Waterfront to prepare the area for redevelopment, with work to begin in spring 2011.
 Community involvement
In 2002, the group pledged $50,000 for sponsorship of the competition that designed the Portland Aerial Tram.
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