Mellon Mortgage Co. is finding the Pacific Northwest, its new stomping ground, quite comfortable despite the weak mortgage market.

Richard L. Solheim, Mellon's president, said the Houston-based lender is comfortably integrating the production and servicing operations of U.S. Bancorp Mortgage Co., which it purchased last August. He said that acquisition and others made by Mellon in the past year bode well for the lender's success - despite a wilted market.

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