AUGUST 9, 2017

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Overstock.com to expand lease, add jobs at Evergreen customer care call center at Satsop Business Park

August 8, 2017, iFIBER One News

ree months after the grand opening of the Evergreen Customer Care Call Center at the Satsop Business Park, the Port of Grays Harbor Commission approved a lease amendment to double Overstock.com’s footprint.

It will include the entire 43,000-square-foot Flex Tech Building.

Overstock will begin construction improvements immediately, and company representatives hope to be operational within their expanded footprint by Oct. 1.

Read more here:  http://www.ifiberone.com/overstock-com-to-expand-lease-add-jobs-at-evergreen-customer/article_7560b36e-7c8e-11e7-9da9-db54c67165c1.html

 

 

Pasha Automotive Services signs import agreement with Chrysler

Dan Hammock, August 7, 2017, The Daily World

Automotive import group Pasha is growing its business at the company’s Port of Grays Harbor facility, expanding its shipments of Chrysler vehicles by about 500 per month and adding another 10 jobs to the 90 it provides now.

Chrysler has been a partner of Pasha’s for nearly a decade, but this new agreement will bring three more models to the terminal — Fiat, Jeep Compass and Dodge Journey — which will increase ship traffic by a vessel or two a month and add to their already growing import business, which includes Chevrolet, GMC, Volkswagen and Nissan, to name a few.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday to celebrate the company’s latest agreement with Chrysler.

Read more here:  https://www.thedailyworld.com/news/pasha-automotive-services-signs-import-agreement-with-chrysler/

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE

Port seeks candidates for seat vacated by death of Ron Riemann

Wendy Culverwell, August 7, 2017, Tri-City Herald

The Franklin County elections office is holding a special three-day filing period for candidates to fill the Port of Pasco Commission post held by Ron Reimann.

Reimann died July 30 in a vehicle accident near his Franklin County farm. He had filed to run for re-election to the six-year post this year and was unopposed.

Candidates for Port Commissioner District 1 may file in person during regular business hours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at the Franklin County Courthouse, 1016 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco.

Read more here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article165965157.html

 

 

PEOPLE

Sudden deaths took a trio of state’s business and Ag leaders

Don C. Brunell, August 7, 2017, The Courier-Herald

So far this year, a trio of unexpected deaths has shocked Washington business and agriculture. Melanie Dressel, Ron Reimann and Jeff Brotman leave behind large shoes to fill.

They came from vastly different backgrounds and political perspectives, yet it was their diversity, ingenuity and drive which makes our state and nation great.

Last February, Melanie Dressel, president and CEO of Tacoma-based Columbia Bank, suddenly died of heart disease. She was 64.

Read more here:  http://www.courierherald.com/business/sudden-deaths-took-a-trio-of-states-business-and-ag-leaders-don-brunell/

 

 

RAIL

FASTLANE small project grants:  More than $56M to go to rail

Mischa Wanek-Libman, August 7, 2017, RT&S

The grants are authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and have been submitted to Congress for a 60-day review before they are finalized.

The rail project awards total $56.57 million, representing more than 70 percent of the $79 million in projects selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

The largest grant of $9.9 million will go toward the Northern Columbia Basin Rail Road Project at the Port of Moses Lake in Grant County, Wash., to provide rail access to the port, which currently has none. The $30.3-million project will construct a new 4.5-mile route, reroute aging existing rail infrastructure to the new route, upgrade and modernize three miles of existing rail line and construct three miles of new rail to link industrial sites.

Read more here:  http://www.rtands.com/index.php/track-maintenance/on-track-maintenance/fastlane-small-project-grants-more-than-56m-to-go-to-rail.html

 

 

UNIONS

The NWSA applauds PMA-ILWU three-year labor contract extension

August 8, 2017, American Journal of Transportation

Friday’s vote extends the coastwide contract through July 1, 2022. “In this incredibly competitive shipping market, a longer contract helps give certainty to importers and exporters that depend on our region to move goods and create family-wage jobs,” said Tom Albro, Port of Seattle commission president and co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. “This certainty helps us focus on attracting more cargo and growing our market share.”

“We appreciate the cooperative efforts of our labor partners and shipping lines and terminal operators in ensuring that retailers, farmers and manufacturers can rely on our supply chain to move their goods efficiently,” said Dick Marzano, Port of Tacoma commission president and co-chair of the NWSA. “Our region depends on us pulling together.”

Read more here:  https://www.ajot.com/news/the-nwsa-applauds-pma-ilwu-three-year-labor-contract-extension

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