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Cabinet firms merge operations

Simco Distributing has become Tacoma-based Founders Choice Cabinetry, a wholesale distributer of all-wood cabinetry and has merged with The Countertop Co. The companies are geared to sell wholesale cabinets and counter tops to builders and developers.

January 2009

COFFEE BREAK: business and politics

There is a bill working its way through the state Legislature, SB 5446, that is meant to protect workers from being unduly influenced by being forced to attend company meetings where politics or religion might be discussed. While seemingly well meaning, some critics have warned that the bill could mean the end of businesses participating in charitable fundraisers, holiday parties or company food drives since those are often spearheaded by religious or political groups.

The Business Examiner would like to know your thoughts on the issue of political or religious discussions at work.

January 2009

Blog Watch: money, money money by the pound

Thurston blogger Ken Balsey and Association of Washington Business make mention of the volume of tax dollars being spent these days in forms of stimulus packages and government programs. Spoiler alert: the numbers are staggering.

January 2009

East Bay developers asked to formalize their visions

Port of Olympia has invited five firms to make formal proposals for six waterfront parcels in downtown's East Bay neighborhood. The developers selected, Intracorp, Lorig, MJR Development, Tarragon and Vine Street, were among those firms that submitted initial concept documents in the Request for Qualifications process.

Port officials anticipate they will present the proposals to the community for review and comment at an open house this spring.

January 2009

Weyerhaeuser closes two more mills

Slowdown in building industries has claimed another two mills from Federal Way timber giant Weyerhaeuser Co. which announced late yesterday the immediate closure of mills in Washington due to weak market conditions.

The closures include the shutdown of the Aberdeen sawmill, with a capacity to produce 200 million board feet of lumber and the closure of the Pacific Veneer mill in Aberdeen. The mill has the capacity to produce 210 million square feet of veneer.

January 2009

Insurance commissioner fines insurers

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler collected more than $630,000 from insurance companies and agents who his agency claims did not follow the rules during the last four months of 2008. This amount came in addition to $313,500 in suspended fines, based on future compliance.
"My primary goal is to protect consumers. Making sure insurers play by the rules is vital to accomplishing that goal," said Kreidler. "The added benefit is that all of the fines we collect are added to the state's general fund to pay for other state services - particularly important in light of our struggling economy."

January 2009

Local hospitals fair well on national ranking

Franciscan Health System and MultiCare Health System are again ranked among the best-performing health systems in the nation, according to the national magazine Modern Healthcare reported in its current edition.

The Tacoma-based Franciscan organization stands at No. 8 on the list of the 100 most integrated health systems in the United States as determined by the independent information and research company, SDI. MultiCare holds the sixth spot, which is the highest ranking of a health system in the Pacific Northwest.

January 2009

State's economy depends on small business, study finds

Washington's economic recovery will depend on small business. That message is driven home in the newly updated Washington Small Business Profile released today by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The most recent data show that the state has 147,948 small employers, and they employ 98.2 percent of the state's workforce.
"Washington depends on small business for jobs and economic growth," said Shawne McGibbon, Acting Chief Counsel for Advocacy. "During this time of financial stress and economic instability, policymakers need to remember that the state's small businesses provide the economic base for its families and communities."

January 2009

MultiCare, Good Samaritan create largest hospice center in area

Good Samaritan Home Health & Hospice and MultiCare Home Health & Hospice have officially become one organization under a unified name and structure, MultiCare•Good Samaritan Home Health & Hospice.

Home health caregivers are supposed to provide rehabilitative and supportive care to patients recovering from strokes, surgery or ongoing health issues such as diabetes or osteoarthritis in the comfort of the patient's home. Hospice is supposed to provide spiritual, emotional and physical support for patients in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and as comfortably as possible.

January 2009

Around the Sound

The Fife Regional Chamber of Commerce Employer Solutions Committee, which encompasses the communities of Milton, Edgewood, Fife, and the Port of Tacoma, is kicking off their 2009 topical series on Tuesday, Jan. 27. This month's 90-minute seminar luncheon, "How to Choose a Retirement Plan that Makes Sense for Your Business," will feature Stephanie McClain of Edward Jones. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Rushforth Construction at 6021 12th St. E, Suite 100 in Fife. To make your reservation, call the Fife Regional Chamber of Commerce at (253) 922-9320 no later than 11 a. m. on Jan. 26. Space is limited.

Ali Vincent and Devin Alexander of TV's "Biggest Loser" will come to Tacoma for "Do Something Healthy 10," which will be held Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway in Tacoma. The presentation is sponsored by the MultiCare Center For Healthy Living and hosted by John Curley from KING-TV's Evening Magazine. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a health fair and screening, followed by a YMCA Zumba dance-based fitness demonstration at 6:15 p.m. Vincent and Alexander will share their personal journeys to health and fitness at 7 p.m.  Pre-registration is required and tickets are $15. To register for Do Something Healthy 10 or to find out more about Pierce County's Biggest Winner and Million Minute Mission, go to, or call 1-800-485-0205. 

January 2009
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