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Heritage steps up for affordable housing

Heritage Bank is providing construction financing for an affordable housing project in Snohomish County, with participation from Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle. Monroe Family Village will provide 47 living units for low income households.

December 2014

Trade customers call for end to Ports blockage

Numerous trade associations joined retailers of all sizes today in calling on the Obama administration to add a federal mediator to stalled contract negotiations between West Coast longshore union member and port terminal operators.

December 2014

Grocer expanding to four states

Haggan Inc., a grocery chain based in Bellingham that formerly operated Top Foods outlets in the South Sound, is expanding to California, Arizona and Nevada as it buys stores spun off after Safeway merges with Albertson's.

December 2014

Harborstone funds first two ‘micro loans’

First two micro-loans awarded by state's Microenterprise Loan Fund, thanks to financial resources of Harborstone Credit Union. Both recipients are small businesses in Seattle that wanted funding for expansion.

December 2014

Homebuying interest within holiday season

Real estate brokers report theri business is not slowly down as the holiday season approaches. Buyer interest remains high and there are year-over-year gains in pending and closed home sales, and media prices.

December 2014

No federal objection to ports pact

Federal Maritime Commission did not object to the next stage that might lead to the combination of marine terminal operations in Ports of Tacoma and Seattle. A review period ended Dec. 1, so the two entities have begun the formal review process.

December 2014

Black Friday: Fact or Fiction?

Shoppers turned out in great numbers to celebrate Black Friday, the first full day of holiday shopping for the 2014 season. There are only 27 more shopping days 'til Christmas, counting Sundays through Saturdays.

November 2014

Lower Workers’ Comp rate hike for 2015

Premium increases for state mandated Workers' Compensation coverage will be less than half what was first announced just two months ago. It works out to about an additional half-cent per hour worked in 2015.

November 2014

Stellar will grow to 11 branches, 150 staff

Tacoma-based Stellar Industrial Supply announced today that it will join forces with Advantage Machine & Tool of Billings, Montana, before the end of this year. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

November 2014

‘Don’t forget rail’s impact on int’l trade’

A new research study reported at today's Washington Council on International Trade conference found freight rail is responsible for $28.5 billion in economic activity, supporting 342,000 jobs. Port of Tacoma knows that 55-60% of its cargo moves via rail.

November 2014
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