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Teamsters step up pressure against local truck company

Teamster unions across the country have informed KeyBank that they intend to end their financial relationship with the bank because the banking giant is the primary lender for Auburn-based Oak Harbor Freight, where more than 600 Teamster members have been on strike for the past four months.

January 2009

Columbia post 4 cent dividend

Columbia Banking System, Inc. announced today that a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share will be paid Feb. 25.

January 2009

People on the move

The U.S. Green Building Council has named Bates Technical College an approved education provider for its online green construction and remodeling series. The series, which offers both college credit and a certificate of training, is the state's first to earn the USGBC Approved Education Provider designation. This distinction allows educational institutions who offer green construction courses to earn a designation beyond the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a certification for the green construction, design and operation of buildings. This highly respected endorsement has prompted Japanese company Tokyu Home Corp., a pioneer in introducing western housing construction in Japan, to contract with the college to run the online series a second time for its employees.   

January 2009

Nestlé pulls its Orting facility plans

Nestlé Waters North America is no longer planning to pursue building its new bottling facility in Orting and will not be looking further at the Wingate Springs water source.

January 2009

Health care options under debate in Olympia

According to a new report, a proposal working its way around the capitol campus hopes to cover nearly 60,000 more young adults than are currently uninsured and is the only proposal that would result in increased insurance coverage at no cost to the state.

January 2009

Strike, economy make Boeing revenue dive

The Boeing Co.'s fourth-quarter net income declined to a loss of $56 million, or $0.08 per share, reflecting the now-settled machinists' strike. The strike cost the company $4.3 billion in lost revenue. Overall fourth-quarter revenues declined to $12.7 billion from $17.5 billion because the strike pushed airplane deliveries into future quarters.

January 2009

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
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