JANUARY 23, 2017

 

AIRPORTS

Mitsubishi again delays jet being tested in Moses Lake, raising concerns about sales

Chris Cooper, January 23, 2017, The Seattle Times

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announced a fifth delay in handing over Japan’s first locally made passenger jet to airlines and about a 30 percent jump in development costs, raising concerns about winning new orders for the single-aisle plane.

Launch customer ANA Holdings will get the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) in 2020, two years later than the current estimate, Mitsubishi said in Tokyo on Monday. St. George, Utah-based SkyWest is the plane’s biggest customer.

Revision of some electrical configuration to meet certification requirements prompted the latest pushback of the deadline.

Read more here:  http://www.seattletimes.com/business/mitsubishi-again-delays-jet-being-tested-in-moses-lake-raising-concerns-about-sales/

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Seneca Foods ramping up operations in Dayton

Dian Ver Valen, January 22, 2017, Union-Bulletin.com

Dayton farmer Gene Warren noticed it right away on his morning drive. More cars than usual were parked at the Seneca Foods Corporation building on East Main Street last week.

The administration parking lot has been mostly empty for years since the dramatic scaling-down of production at the industrial plant in 2005, when canning operations here closed.

But Port of Columbia Manager Jennie Dickinson was not surprised when Warren, a Port commissioner, mentioned the unusual activity later that morning at the board’s monthly meeting.

Read more here:  http://www.union-bulletin.com/news/local_governments/port_of_columbia/seneca-foods-ramping-up-operations-in-dayton/article_56196f6a-e03e-11e6-8cb1-377f64789f19.html

 

MARINAS

Grapeview port moves forward with launch repair

Aria Shephard Bull, January 20, 2017, Kitsap Sun

The Port of Grapeview is moving ahead with a long-awaited project to replace its aging boat ramp and construct a new floating dock at the Fair Harbor Marina.

The port will hold an open house at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Grapeview fire station to share information about the project.

A state Recreation and Conservation Office grant will cover 75 percent of the project, with the port covering its 25 percent match with in-kind donations, money from the port budget and contributions from commercial users of the ramp, such as Taylor Shellfish.

Read more here:   http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/local/communities/mason/2017/01/20/grapeview-port-moves-forward-launch-repair/96833384/

 

MARINE TERMINALS

Seaport alliance marks highest container volumes since 2007

Kate Martin, January 20, 2017, The News Tribune

The Northwest Seaport Alliance finished strong in 2016 for shipping through the ports of Tacoma and Seattle.

Last year’s container traffic through both ports was the highest since 2007, according to a news release from the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

The seaport alliance formed a little more than a year ago as a partnership between the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle. The alliance manages cargo business for both ports. The data compare traffic through both ports, both before and after they formed the alliance.

Read more here:  http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/port-of-tacoma/article127792104.html

 

TRADE

Trump moves to pull US out of big Asia trade deal

Julie Pace, January 23, 2017, The Seattle Times

Charting a new American course abroad, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, using one of his first actions in office to reject a centerpiece of Barack Obama’s attempts to counter China and deepen U.S. ties in Asia.

For Trump, the move was a fulfillment of a central campaign promise. He has repeatedly cast the 12-nation trade pact — which was eagerly sought by U.S. allies in Asia — as detrimental to American businesses.

“Great thing for the American worker that we just did,” Trump said in brief remarks as he signed a notice in the Oval Office.

Read more here:  http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/trump-begins-first-week-in-office-with-outreach/

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